Once you've taken your photo and clicked the OK button, your photo is opened in XnRetro and you have the option to crop it to a square shape or skip the step and maintain its rectangular shape.
This leads onto the main interface which is dominated by the photo window, with intuitive controls above and below this space. The top bar contains just two buttons which will be familiar to Android users for saving or sharing the photo.
Below the image window are the main controls and these are presented in a clear and simple way. At the very base of the screen are buttons that allow you to rotate your photo and access the editing options, that include basic adjustment tools, effects, vignette options and a selection of different frames for your photos.
Above the buttons is the area that the controls are displayed in, either as simple sliders or as a carousel that displays thumbnail previews that you select by touching. These controls overlay the image, but you can touch the photo anywhere to hide the controls so that you can preview the complete image.
Effects/FiltersThe button to the right of the adjustments tools opens a carousel that previews the different effects as applied to a thumbnail of the photo. There are 20 different effects in total with some imaginative names such as Retro 1, Retro 2 and Retro 20. Okay, they're not imaginatively named, but that's hardly a criticism and the 20 options available offer a good range of different effects.
It's very quick and easy to apply a filter to your photo and see how it looks at a larger size than the thumbnails. However, if you're more demanding, you can apply an effect and then use the adjustment tools mentioned previously to tweak the effect to your specific taste. The next button along opens the vignette slider that allows you to adjust the strength of the fake lens vignetting effect or remove it completely.
Again it would be nice to be able to save a combination of adjustments, vignetting and effect so that you could reuse it with future photos.
SharingOnce you're happy with the result, you can save your photo or click the share button and XnRetro will present you with a list of all the apps installed that offer you sharing options. This makes life very easy, though some of the options presented may not always be appropriate, such as sharing via a QR code reader.
XnRetro is a relatively simple app that focuses on doing one thing only – adding creative retro effects to your photos. Its main strength is the fact that it dos this job very well. The user interface is very clear and intuitive to use with little that could cause confusion. It really does invite users to experiment with its options and those who enjoy pushing things further can use the adjustment tools to create their own effects.
There is little to fault with XnRetro and I really enjoyed using the app and the fun results. As I've mentioned, I'd like to see the option to save my own effects by combining filters, vignettes, adjustments and frames, but other than this, it's pretty well spot on.
For these reasons, I give XnRetro 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy applying retro or vintage effects to your photos, I would recommend that you give this free app a go.
You can download your own free copy of XnRetro from the Google Play Store.
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