{In The News} Vintagefy Photos with Pixlr-O-Matic

Happy Memorial Day! May our hearts be with the US soldiers who have lost their lives during military duty.

Today, I have two great fun resources for you to toy around with.

First up, Morgue Files. I learned about this wonderful resource with free photos by creatives for creatives in my drawing class a couple of years ago. This is where I grabbed the photo of flags below. There is “one flag for every resident lost at war.”

Next, when I’m on the run and not at my personal computer, I often use the photo editing program Pixlr because it’s online based. They recently launched Pixlr-o-matic, which has a bunch of automatic effects that can be applied to your digital photos. I’ve been contemplating getting a toy camera for a while now, but now I don’t have to!

There is a little dial at the bottom to switch types of effects available to choose. The red dial effects are for “developing” that have cute boy & girl names. The blue dial effects are for lighting, so you can add light leaks, stripes, and over exposure in certain areas. The yellow dial effects are for frames, so you can have photo corners, white borders, or even the film strip. You can even click the little star on the left top corner of each effect to mark your favorites.

Check out the effects that can be done below.

No effects:

Red - Peter, Blue – Stop, Yellow - Swollen:

Red – Melissa, Blue – Burn, Yellow – Clean:

Red – Rachel, Blue – Stripe, Yellow – Dirt:

Red – Bob, Blue – Morning, Yellow – Scrap:

Red – Sophia, Blue – Bocea, Yellow – Halftone:

Obviously I’m having too much fun in the name of showing you the cool things it can do! There are so many possibilities!

Which effect is your favorite? What photos are you gonna try it out on?


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  • May 30, 2011 - 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I use light room, I wonder if there is a preset for this?

  • Connie
    May 30, 2011 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Elle Marie – Haven’t tried Lightroom, but I found a great roundup of presets with some different vintage ones:

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