I’ve been looking for a retro editor to create stylized videos for social media after I saw a creator making short videos mimicking retro gameplay. The first two other apps i tried are good for stills but I decided to purchase the full version of this one anyway and I can already tell that this is the one I will be using the most. I’m excited about this one. It’s perfect for my needs. For example, I imported a green screen video into this app, added my desired effect, adjusted to my needs to a point where the green screen wasn’t destroyed by the effect, then I exported to my images, then took that export to my editor app and it worked very well. The only request or suggestion that I can think of right now is to please add an animation for scan lines so they can move in a downward motion and have some variance is speed and opacity. (Reviewed for iPhone XR, iOS 14.8.1)
Hi, I really love your app I've been using it for a while now and I love how using the character emulation function to edit photos, its one of my favorite editing apps. I have some requests, please add more pixel sizes, so you can do 17x17, 18x18 so on. add an easy way to combine two character field things in a character set in a way similar to how a difference blending mode works on photos. + adding in more colors in character emulation (there is black and white blocks right now and when u use a character emulation it picks two colors for each square, varying values of gray (dark gray, light gray) added would add more variety and more than 2 colors could be in each square/character from the character set
If you’re trying to take videos and photos, throw a pixelated filter on it and -boom- it’s done, this app can do it. If you would like to take the emulated aesthetic of an Apple IIe or NES or even a Virtual Boy, tweak it by making it high resolution to fit your source image, follow that up by setting a scanline and chroma shift effect while adjusting brightness saturation contrast and even cropping until it’s perfect THIS APP can do that all of that. And that’s barely scratching the surface. You have so much customization and control you can truly make wonderful art here. Don’t pass it up for the other guys pixel filter stuff. The IAPs are more than fair they’re almost a steal.
So a while back I was looking for a way to pixelize my photos in a rather cool way. I was slowly picking through photo editors and either they didn't do what I needed them or it was a bad app. Eventually I made my way to this app, I tried it out and it was really good. Even without paying for the full version (I have now), it a surprising amount of options to mess with attributes. And the full version is really good and I hope you keep this app going and adding systems.
First the free version is unusable. It keeps words on the screen that tell you to upgrade. It happens when you click on something that is only available with the upgrade, but the words don’t disappear even when you try to go back to using the free filters, rending it unusable. It looked good enough so I paid. There are really neat filters here with loads of options and customization. Authentic replications of tech nostalgia. However, your field is limited to a square, so if your pic is not a square you won’t be able to alter the entire photo. Also if you save a photo you can’t re-open and edit it again. It will re-open in the app but you can’t re-apply filers or adjust the picture.
Retrospecs rules. So much! The paid version is mind blowing—so many effects, so many customizations, and so easy to use. And when I had a few questions, the developer answered right away, in friendly detail. (Thanks, John!) I am usually too lazy to review apps, but this one has so much love and care behind it. Consequently, I love and care about it, too. One of my most-used and adored digital art tools. A must-get! All the kudos to Retrospecs. 🙌
I have been using this lovely app for over a year now, and it never gets old! I love converting my photos into my favorite computers and consoles. I also love making new emulations for systems I never even heard of, or fantasy consoles I make up. One complaint is that I can't find out where to adjust the level of dithering, I tried looking, but I can't find it. Please help! I want to make it look better in certain consoles!
Knew I'd love this app from the free version but had NO idea how much the small IAP would deliver: spoiler alert: SO MUCH. Yes the unlocked features are noted but until you're exploring the universe of fantastic options and applying them to your photos there really is no way of knowing how amazing this app really is. I love it when an app Over delivers and for a couple bucks this one delivers by the metric ton. Beautiful!
As a long-time ConsoleCam user, I welcome this balanced approach to image editing a là retro pixel art. The numerous features are nice, especially dithering (none of the other pixel apps gives you half as much control). I would like to see an edge detection function for those many times when a head/face blends into the background (or is absent altogether). Also, the scanlines feature, while a nice bonus, is a little barebones. For instance, Gameboy doesn't use scanlines but instead uses a grid. Maybe some more consoles/units/systems could be added and the arrangement a little more logical and user-friendly. All in all, I thoroughly recommend this app (the IAP is worth it).
So I got the paid version. I love this app and that the custom option is available. This is great because you can change height and width. I wish this could be done with the existing filters because a lot of them are so wide you have to crop the hell out of your photo or part of it is cut off. In my case I take a lot of selfies so my head is cut off!
I am an artist and I know a good app when I see one, this is one of them. There are many options. So many ways you can customize the picture. One problem is that some options lack detail, I can bear with that, use fijutsu!
This app is so useful--so many possible variations, especially now with custom emulations--the range of old device palettes for these is just exceptional. Perfect for glitch, new aesthetic, nostalgic work. It's easy to use, just phenomenal. Congrats to the developers, who keep updating and adding capacities.
Unhesitatingly rated 5 stars. Plenty to play with for free, and super cheap for the full package. The fidelity and feature depth for the system emulation is staggering. I have a feeling every background I put up on my phone now is going to have a tour through this app. Top notch work!
This app was "featured" in the App Store, so I clicked on it because I'm "old" and like retro stuff. Within less than two minutes of choosing a photo from my library on my phone to play around with, it put extensive text over the picture promoting the upgrade!!! Ridiculous. The people giving it five stars must either work for the company or be related to somebody who does. Either offer a truly free, basic app or don't.
Broad range of options, very nifty. You can export your work at massive resolutions too. I have used this as a part of creating artwork on a retail CD release, it is definitely worth your few bucks if you enjoy vintage aesthetics.
This app is a lot of fun to mess around with and discover, and I only have the free version. I plan to purchase the rest of the features. The filters are awesome and look authentic, and it made for some great wallpapers.
Good, needs max resolution added to it for really intricate detailed stuff.
Since getting an iPhone, I can’t use 8bit photo lab. I gotta use a tablet lol. But this is almost a winner, just can’t choose higher resolutions to get the creally detailed digital art filter I want & bought the app anyway, because it does most everything Hoping you are still able to work on this cause it’s almost there for me, just need that maximum resolution bar lol.
This app formerly used to be totally free and have all the systems unlocked by default. Then the dev locked it all away and decided to ask for money for the stuff they previously gave away for free and didn’t add any new features. That’s a NO from me dawg.
This app is amazing! I've been looking for something to fill in the Gameboy Camera void that I have so desperately wanted on my phone, and this app delivers. Not just delivers, blows it out of the park. The amount of customization is phenomenal and the filters really give an interesting and different perspective of the world. My favorites are the IBM DOS, Gameboy, and Amstrad CPC Green Screen. If you are an arty nut like me or just want your selfies to stand out like an amazingly nostalgic piece of magic, then I would highly recommend picking this up. It's pretty sweet.
I grew up in the 80's with Atari and commodore computers. The graphics modes back then were unique and specific for each device. Often today I see many people trying to duplicate those effects with 64rgb palettes (myself included). But nothing beats this program to get the true authentic look based on the actual math and restrictions used to create those specific render types. Hats off to this developer for creating this truly unique and special tool. get this program!!!
As of the moment I write this review, I will have had various versions of the iPhone for 5 years. In that time this app remains the only non-game app I have been willing to spend money on. There's a huge amount of variety to the systems and preset filters built in, and the customization options (for modifying the rules of an existing preset, or making your own rules) just add icing to the cake. I've especially liked being able to view current photos through a Game Boy or Virtual Boy lens.
I use this app mainly to create a retro looking timeline of photos from my camera roll that I find important. Scrolling through the list of photos I can't help but feel nostalgic for all the tech throughout the years. Very faithful emulations. Worth a purchase to unlock everything.
Maybe I'm in the minority but I find it incredibly fun and amusing to accurately (and not so accurately) turn my photos into digitized nonsense. That may sound negative, but this app does what it does as described super well. If you are a fan of adding digital noise, or just wanna make something look cool, I highly recommend it.
Every filter is very authentic to the original system. The creator definitely did their homework. Great execution and style. Very easy to use. I can't ask for anything more, except maybe Game Boy Camera support..! Now to find a way to hook that old beast up to my iPhone..
I found this app while looking at some related ones, and in so glad I did. This is one of the best photo manipulation apps I've used, and I've been through quite a few. The number of emulations available is just mind-boggling. The Amiga and CGA ones are my favorites.
A retro computing / pixel art camera app. Retrospecs lets you convert images and video clips so they appear as they would on a wide variety of home computers and consoles from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Simply take a picture (or select one from your photo library) and you can display it as it would appear on over forty systems including the Commodore 64, IBM PC (DOS, CGA, EGA and VGA), Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Game Boy and even the original 1984 model Apple Macintosh. If that's not enough you can also create your own custom modes based around four different graphics engines and a wide variety of color palettes and character fonts. (The free version only contains a limited number of systems/dither modes and the custom editors, video clip processing and animation options aren't available.) All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.