Mister Retro’s Retrographer ($99) is a plug-in for Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, or iPhoto that makes your images appear as if they were taken by hundreds of different kinds of old or strange cameras.
Its more than 1,100 presets include Lomo, Dianne, Holga, Polaroid, Brownie, Kodak, and Daguerreotype. It also includes frames that mimic the deckled edge of 20th-century prints, as well as slides, filmstrips, Polaroids, and purely decorative frames. It can also apply realistic aging effects, bad flash effects, color gels, chromatic aberrations, process-damaged effects, fisheye, tilt-shift effects, bokeh style focus effects, diffusion blurs, or even halftone dots.
Mister Retro is the same company that makes Permanent Press, which create realistic printing press effects, and Machine Wash Deluxe, which creates aging effects and can create the illusion of the item having been painted or printed on various surfaces.
I think they’re all incredible.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.