Android App of the Week – Artistically Degrade Your Photos With Vignette


So Hipstamatic.

You think you’re hot stuff, making iPhone pics all artistically blurry and contrast-y.

Well us Android folk can make OUR pics look like they came out of old crappy cameras too.

Enter Vignette!

Vignette has become one of my favorite apps on Android.

The built in camera ap on Android is no slouch, but Vignette as a replacement gives the user expanded control over photo output.

Using filters, you can choose from a variety of effects to make you photos look aged, shot on film, shot using a tilt shift lens, or shot on different kinds of film stock.

You also have the option to give your photos custom frames and borders, even the obligatory Polaroid white border.

Once a photo has been taken, you can save multiple versions of the shot to try out different effects (see the sunflower gallery at the bottom for an example of different filters).

The app comes with it’s own gallery to review your shots (though truthfully I still prefer the stock 3D photo gallery).

For the photos you’ve already shot on the camera, you can import them into Vignette to apply filters after the fact.

The anti-shake feature built into Vignette is surprisingly effective. It basically just waits until your hands are steady before taking the shot. The first pic below is the best I could do without flash after five attempts using the stock camera. The pic after is the FIRST shot I took with Vignette, and the third pic is the second shot with a basic “Film” filter applied.

There’s some debate as to quality of output on phone cameras. I’m pretty sure the output from Vignette is higher quality than the stock app. Comparing two similar scenes, the average output from the stock camera tends to be around 1.5MB, while the output from Vignette tends to be almost 3MB. It seems that the stock camera values size (for uploading and sharing) and Vignette needs the extra information to edit and apply filters.

The only drawback I have is not being able to map the app to the camera button, so you need to start the app through an on-screen icon (easily saved on my home screen), though once in the app the camera button is fully recognized for both focus and taking the shot.

In all, this is a fantastic replacement for the stock camera. Even if you don’t use the art filters, the higher quality output is well worth the $4 you’ll pay for the app.

Now, here’s a pic of a Bee on a Sunflower I took with the stock app, then imported into Vignette. Play the slideshow to see some of Vignette’s different filters.