Create artistic image effects using Windows’ Photos app
“The Photos app is packed with features to fix photos, and filters can make them look even better”
The camera never lies, but apps can: if you want to make a photo look like you took it in 1973 or in the days before colour film was invented, Windows 10’s Photos app can do it with a single click. It’s all down to filters, which you can use to transform any image. We’ll show you how over the next couple of pages, and as you’ll see it couldn’t be simpler.
Photos isn’t the only app that offers filters. Fhotoroom, which we’ll also experiment with here, does too – and, of course, some apps such as Instagram are famous for filtering pretty much everything. It’s particularly rife on social media, where even selfies are filtered beyond recognition.
There are three keys to successful filtering: start with a good quality photo, don’t get carried away, and don’t overwrite the original in case you change your mind in future.
Main image This is where you see the effects of filters: changes will appear instantly, without altering the original photo. Gary’s best tip! Filters work best when there are strong contrasts and colours. They can look a little muddy otherwise.