Since you asked about vintage photo effects, here are three quick and easy ways to make your photos look like they’re from 1975. I used iPhoto, Aperture, and Flickr’s Aviary. The first two are for Mac (you!) and Flickr/Aviary is for Mac or PC.
In my opinion, the fastest, easiest way to add a vintage look to your photos is to use the Antique filter in iPhoto’s effects. I think it’s the best instant vintage filter out of every photo editing application I’ve ever used, and if I was still using iPhoto — I upgraded to Aperture in 2010 — it’s the one I’d be using. It basically adds a warm tone and a vignette, which is what I do in Aperture.
The effect on all the outfit photos in this post was created in Aperture. To give your photos a subtle vintagey feel, use Sepia Tone and Vignette. I used .2 (20%) sepia and a mid-stregth Vignette, but you can adjust until you see something you like. Export and done!
Last, for a strong vintage effect try Flickr’s new Aviary editor. This is the Strato filter, which is located under Effects. I also like Ventura and San Carmen. If you like Flickr’s light version of Aviary, the Aviary site has excellent browser applications, including a vector editor.
Hope one of these is useful to you! One day I’ll do GIMP and the more in-depth Aperture method (the one used in this post), but those definitely aren’t the quick ways– they require a little more in-depth photo editing knowledge and a lot more steps.
Diane von Furstenberg dress (many seasons past) | Seychelles Aquamarine sandals (still available in nude) | Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Pochette with long strap | vintage cuff