Lo-Fi Retro Photography Software Review

By Posted 28 Feb 2011, 16:11

I was recently sent a license for Lo-Fi, this software allows you to add effects to your photos which gives them a retro look and feel, Lo-Fi runs on Mac and Windows and a trial can be downloaded here, if you are impressed by Lo-Fi you can buy a full license for $29.00 here.

When you open Lo-Fi for the first time you will see a very user-friendly user interface, there are no complicated menus and you can pretty much guess what each button does, there are a couple of imperfections, however it seems as if the app’s developers are working hard on improvements.

You can work on one photo at a time or a batch, simply click the “+” button and then choose the photo(s) you want to work on, once you have opened the photo(s) you want to play with you can begin choosing different film effects, moods and frames, for our review we used one of Windows 7′s sample images.

Below we have embedded an image which shows Lo-Fi in action, on the right you can choose from all of the different effects, simply click on the one you want and it will be applied to your image, you can turn certain effects off, therefore if you just wanted to apply a frame to your image you can, there is also a random button which chooses three random effects for you.

To my untrained eye a lot of the effects do not change the look too much, however once you mix in a film effect with a mood effect and a frame your photo has changed quite a bit, if you press the space bar you can then see what the image originally looked like, below we have embedded my first Lo-Fi creation, it took roughly 5 seconds, but I’m pretty happy with it, you might want to check out the original first here.

Lo-Fi features Facebook and Flickr share buttons, this allows you to quickly share your creations, the software is pretty simple but very effective, I think it would be great for creating images to print off and put into an album, also I think people could easily create artwork for birthday cars etc, below we have listed all of the effects available, the developers say more will be added.

Film Effects: Byass, Desaturated, Faded, Yellowed, Teal, Velvet, Oldachrome, Flashchrome, Ultra Contrast, Emerald, Overexposed, Flashblue and Inflamed.

Mood Effects: Crisp, Cruncy, Fine Grain, Griity, Pushed, Glamour, Dreamy, Cheap Lens, Plastic Lens, Light Leak and Enlargement.

Frames: Vignette, Coffee, Viewfinder, Dirty, Film Code, Grunge, Portrait, Negative, Peeled, Crumpled, Scallop and Burn.

To sum things up I think that Lo-Fi is easy to use and extremely effective, I would like to see a minimize button added and would prefer it if a double click anywhere on the interface didn’t maximize / restore the program, obviously more effects would be nice, however there are hundreds of combinations to try out, give it a try yourself here. You can see loads of sample on the official Lo-Fi Facebook page.

Below I have embedded some other creations of mine:

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