Retro images, as they say, are all the rage, thanks in large part to the rise of Instagram. There's no shortage of apps for your phone that can bring a bit of vintage goodness to your images, but what if you want a simple way to bring a little retro to the images on your desktop?
VintageJS will fill that need. It's a simple app from developer Robert Fleischmann that lets you upload a photo and subtly manipulate it. Options are simple: darken the edges, lighten the center, blur the edges, desaturate, add a screenlayer, or adjust the curves. You can also add a "through the viewfinder" overlay.
The results are indeed simple but striking:
The only problem I've found — and it could be a dealbreaker for some — is the size of the image VintageJS returns. The original image above, for example, started as 3290x2474 image. The retrofied image was only 826x626. If there's a workaround for this, I couldn't find it.
Fleischmann has open-sourced the entire project on GitHub, which is a nice touch. He's also added a recent images page where users can view the photos most recently uploaded to app (keep that in mind when using Vintage; it's not made clear at the start that your image will be publicly available, even if only for a short time).
Vintage will not make a horrible photo a great one, but it can add some oomph to a lackluster image. It's simple, easy-to-use, and does what it says on the tin.