XnRetro is an excellent piece of freeware that comes in different versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The function of the application is to add cool retro image filters to the photos stored on your PC. The app lets you pass an image through one of various offered retro filters; for each filter that you select you additionally add lighting conditions and more. Optionally, you can add a frame to your and adjust the lighting, brightness, and color levels for the image. Once you are done tweaking the digital image, you can either save it locally or upload it through the app to a variety of online services.
To get started, you must download and extract the app’s setup archive which is sized at nearly 24 MB. From the contents extracted, you need to run the executable file – this will open up the app right way because installation is not required.
The top row of button in the app’s interface lets you open and save images; zoom in and out of an image; rotate an image left or right; or reset an image’s magnification level.
The bottom pane is where you can add effects and various lighting filters.
The ‘Vignette’ tab lets you add various light fading filters. And the ‘Frame’ tab lets you add a frame to your images.
After passing your image through different filters, you can tweak the various image settings in the right pane of the window. There are sliders that let you adjust the levels of the following image properties: brightness, contrast, gamma, exposure, saturation, red balance, green balance, blue balance, noise, Vignetting, and light opacity.
Any filters that you select are applied to the image right away and the changes reflect in real time in the app’s center pane. When you are satisfied with the results, you can select the image size and save it locally in the PNG or JPEG file formats. Alternatively, you can upload the image directly to one of the many web services supported by the application. These services include Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Imgur, Tumblr, ImageShack, Yfrog, GlowFoTo, and TwitPic.
After the image is uploaded, it is automatically opened in your default web browser.
In conclusion, XnRetro is nifty application that adds cool retro effects to your digital images. The app’s ability to directly upload images to web services greatly eases sharing the resultant images with your friends.
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