8Bit Photo Lab, Retro Effects APK

8Bit Photo Lab, Retro Effects
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8Bit Photo Lab converts any picture on your phone or straight from your camera to retro 8-bit pixel art!

Choose a picture, scroll through a selection of pre-defined 8-bit filters and immediately review the vintage effect. Save or share the result in just one click!

Features
★ make pixel art, pixelate your photos, create memes, design flashy posters, have fun!
★ choose from over 50 color palettes: GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, NES, TO7/70, Amstrad CPC 6128, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 16 & 64, VIC 20, CGA, EGA, Atari ST, Amiga, VGA (256 colors)...
★ custom color palettes with the option to interpolate colors, allowing for duotone effects
★ 15 dithering types: error diffusion, noise, pattern, checkerboard...
★ huge finely selectable resolution range from 8 x 8 to 2048 x 2048
★ multiple pixel aspect ratios and attribute clash modes
★ output styles offer alternatives to regular flat pixels: fuse beads, bricks, puzzle, painted...
★ add retro 8-bit text and glitches
★ tastefully decorate with a selection of 8-bit stickers
★ flick right or left and immediately apply the filter to another picture from your collection!
★ high quality output, up to 4096 x 4096 in PNG
★ optional grid overlay for bead artists and cross-stitchers

The app has two goals: be dead simple to use and powerful enough to produce good-looking and effective results.
The reality of old school graphic conversions is that it can be tricky to get good results in all conditions. Low contrast or greyish images tend to be rendered as a murky mess if a straightforward downsampling is applied. 8Bit Photo Lab has a number of parameters that are key to optimizing the final look of your images. Every pixel counts when dealing with low resolution images.

Usage
Start off with one of the predefined looks (star icon) then mix and match colors, ditherings, resolutions and more until you get the effect you want.

Change a parameter and the result is immediately updated. Browse through multiple looks in an instant!

The three main parameters are resolution, palettes and dithering. Ditherings allow to simulate a larger range of colors than what the limited palette offers. Various options are offered here. Pattern dithering was often seen used in older paint software as well as the user interfaces for many operating systems. Checkerboard dithering was commonly employed in games. Error diffusion, gives the most faithful rendering.

Four parameters adjust color values for each pixel. You'll find familiar brightness, saturation and contrast settings as well as the very useful local contrast setting (also known as unsharp mask). Local contrast is very effective at bringing out detail and allowing to reduce resolution while retaining good subject definition. As an interesting side effect, reducing local contrast produces a soft focus effect which may take your art in another direction altogether. Giving saturation a boost can help make the most of some of the flashy color palettes.

Cropping will allow you to select just the part of your pic that you like. A tiny part of an image can still have enough resolution to be turned to an 8-bit picture. Even if your subject is small there is hope!

Old computers had few colors to play. They also crashed often in weird ways. Use the glitch menu (blender icon) to add mayhem to your pics. Screen melt, pixel scattering, pixel sorting, cellular automaton, block swapping, RGB offsetting, interlacing are on the menu.

Finally a good old text tool is always useful, whether you're looking to make memes, add a title or a text bubble, the app has a large selection of 8-bit fonts and borders to choose from!



PRO version
Unlocks the following:
★ wallpapers
★ larger range of parameters
★ more ditherings and palettes, including custom palettes
★ extra fonts and borders
★ extra glitches
★ lossless file compression (PNG), higher output resolution (up to 4096 x 4096), 1:1 output resolution

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Connor Wing review Connor Wing
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April Currie review April Currie
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Natey Nukez review Natey Nukez
I'm pretty impressed. Downloaded this app on a whim and ended up paying for the pro a few minutes in because it's that legit. Way more robust than I thought it'd be. As a photographer/image manipulater there's plenty of tools to experiment and tweak with. Very reminiscent of my early gaming days. If you ever tried windows 3.1 and MS-DOS apps (or earlier systems/consoles) you'll definitely get that old fuzzy feeling toying with it. Try it out! Only criticism... Could use some GUI updates but I'm perfectly fine with it as is.
Alec review Alec
It's a really handy and fun tool. It may have a slightly confusing ui, but it's not bad. I wish there was a SNES and a GBA filter. A option to render gifs would be amazing. Great app and will definitely buy the pro gold in a few days!
Erik Lauri Kulo review Erik Lauri Kulo
Very good app with authentic effects that are easy to use. It can be a bit of a hassle to scroll through all the options though. Also if you use the glitch generator and then do anything else, such as cropping the picture, the generated glitch disappears. But for what it's worth it is a great app. I paid for the pro version immediately.
Nikita Kool review Nikita Kool
Loved the app so much, finally after a bit of consideration, I've bought the Pro Gold version to support the development and use some of the features worth paying for too. Great app and I'll enjoy making random photos have a retro feel to them.
Cicero Hellmann review Cicero Hellmann
I used it a lot before I buy it. I had this feeling that this is a professional tool, so, after a while using it for fun mostly, I bought, worth it, just for the effort the developer put in this app it's already worth it. And now he released a new one called chroma lab and I feel like I will end up buying it too...
Mike Mazz review Mike Mazz
Free app but have to upgrade to get added featurea. With that said. Amazing app if you can convert short videos to 8bit, o man that just be amazing. Either waybought the gold because you guys rock
Fading Sands review Fading Sands
Quite the enjoyable app. Suited for those of all types, no matter how artistic they are. Really helps me along with my artwork. Keep adding more and more to this please, thank you.
Tessa Mouzesuarous-Rex review Tessa Mouzesuarous-Rex
I downloaded this app to pixelate keyblades so I can make them out of perler beads, and to my surprise there was actually a bead filter! I absolutely love it and am suggesting this to all my crafting friends!
Dan2002s review Dan2002s
Easy 5 stars... but with that whole live wallpaper thing, how can I change which images it uses?
A Google user review A Google user
It's like looking at old computer graphics.
Tyrone O'Brien review Tyrone O'Brien
Love this app! Been using it since it was free in AOTD many years ago and decided to support the dev and buy Gold Pro. Keep up the work dev!
Amber Decoine review Amber Decoine
It keeps not letting me to mke my photos 8-bit or the others
Paul Johnson review Paul Johnson
Nice app! Can make good looking photos!