Photo Filter Apps – Traditional Film Simulation Apps

Traditional Film Simulation Apps Overview

There are many apps at the App Store that can create various effects on your photos.  You can find everything from old toy camera effects to apps for adding grunge and distressed textures.  We’ll be looking at apps that recreate various classic film textures.   Some of the apps include classic color films others are just black and white, Think old Agfa, Kodachrome, Platinum, Kodalith, others will simulate various artists classic photographic styles. What sets these a part from other filter apps is the grain styles that these filters apply to the image. They are close approximation to the original film type.   So if you like the look of old film these apps might be worth checking out.
A few of the apps started out as desktop software.  If you want more film styles and larger output options you might want to check out the desktop versions too.

 

Alt Photo By Alien Skin

AltPhotoIs an iPhone app version of Alien Skins desktop app called Exposure. They both strive to simulate film and they do a very good job it.
While made for the iPhone it can be downloaded to your iPad.  Orientation is a bit odd but it works.
There are six categories of film to choose from, Color Film, Vintage Color, Toy Camera, B&W film, B&W Print, B&W Vintage
Each category has six effects options to choose from and there are 17 border options which also includes none option.
There is an Effects slider for controlling the strength of the effect and also a brightness slider for controlling the images overall brightness.
The drawback to this iPhone app is the file size limitations. At this point in time the max resolution for this app is 1536 x 2056.
Which at 300 ppi will get you a very nice 6.853 x 5.12 printed image.  Hopefully we will see this limitation removed or at least improved over time.
This is a free app.
Read about the app and desktop products on the Developers Web Page: http://www.alienskin.com/altphoto/
Read more about it at the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id567779286?mt=8
Get it at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alt-photo/id567779286?mt=8

 

 

 

Perfect B&W By OneOne

perfectBWThis is another App with a more powerful desktop app which simulates film. This is a universal app that downloads to both the iPad and iPhone.
There are 18 presets which replicate film i.e. Copper, Carbon and Pinhole, or famous styles of photography i.e Ansel Adams, Minor White and others.
Unlike Alt Photo the app is just dedicated to black and white film styles, other than a few old style tinting.
There are lots of controls for fine-tuning the presets, Brightness, Contrast, Detail, as well as some standard colored lens filters, toner, grain, and soft focus sliders.
They also included some Vignette and Border options. There is also an option to save your adjustments as a preset. That is a very nice feature.
At this point in time the app will only save images at 2048 Pixels on the long side. This will give me an image it is about 5.103 x 6.827 at 300 ppi.
They promise that an upgrade to allow saving full size images will be coming soon.
The app will access your camera roll, as well as having an in app camera. Beware if using the in app camera, you will be limited to the 2048 pixels on the long side.
An iPhone4 can do 1936 x 2592, at 300ppi that is an 8.64×6.453 printed image. That is a pretty big difference when trying to print larger images.
They promise that an upgrade to allow saving full size images will be coming soon.
The price at the app store is 1.99
Read about the app and desktop products on the Developers Web Page: http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/perfect-bw-ios/
Read more about it at the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id625365973?mt=8
Get it at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/perfect-b-w/id625365973?mt=8

 

 

  Dramatic BW HD

dynamicbwThis Black and white app is made by JixiPix, maker of many fine apps for mobile and desktop image editing. The preset options to get you started include Black & White, which offers a more classic look, Dramatic Black & White, which offer more High Definition options and Infrared Photo.All of the presets are adjustable, there is also a randomizer that offers up some fun combinations. You can save your favorite settings as presets that you can access at anytime.There is an adjustment tab where you will find all the controls to adjust the preset to your desired effect. You can adjust the RGB levels, the Black and White strength, image tone, Contrast, Softness and Sharpness of the the image and an adjustable Spotlight, you can even add more than one.Images are saved in 1536 x 2056 pixels, they are not full resolution. At 300 ppi this would produce a 5.12 x 6.853 image.
This is not a universal app. There is a version for the iPad, and one for the iPhone. You might also choose to get one for your desktop.This App costs: 1.99 for the iPad and .99 for the iPhone. The desktop version is 5.99.
Read about the app and desktop software on the Developers Web Page: http://www.jixipix.com
Read more about it at the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id459274053?mt=8
Get it at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dramatic-black-white-hd/id459274053?mt=8

 

 

 

  Simply BW

simplybwSimply BW  is a no fuss no muss, super simple to use, BW effects app.
There are 6 different colored lens filters to choose from, like with traditional photography these filters will enhance certain colors and shades in a photo.
This app has a very limited tool set, you can adjust the brightness and contrast of the image, choose from border options of none,white or black, add simulated film grain and add black or white vignetting. The app will preserve the EXIF data (requires iOS 4.1 or later) and supports images up to 3264×3264 as well as a slight border (if desired).

This is a free App
Read about the app on the Developers Web Page: http://www.fotosyn.com
Read more about it at the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id601916620?mt=8
Get it at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simplyb-w/id601916620?mt=8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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