Selfies are all the rage these days, especially on smartphone devices where they have become so popular that Apple was forced to put a dedicated Selfie section in its iTunes app store. Android is no different on that front either, it has a great camera app that is actually very good and powerful at capturing self portraits, and if you want to get a more creative with your images then try locking your sight at Retrica, a free app on Google Play that’s build with one purpose in mind: capturing self-portraits, and turning them into vintage looking selifies. Retrica does the typical image enhancements you’ll likely find in the ever-popular Instagram app, but rather than applying filters after taking the images, you can do all that even before tapping the click.
Retrica was first launched for iOS as an app for simply taking selfies, and sports a slick and user-friendly interface. The Android app is no different; it hides the status bar to give you more room for the actual UI, and also to stay on the minimal side of things. You do not need to be an experienced photographers for getting the hang of its settings and filters as Retrica’s overall designs is just that simple
It boasts many powerful features that made it an instant success on iPhone though, such as 80 real-time vintage filters, a bunch of different aspect ratios, color and brightness control, as well as intuitive buttons for quickly capturing and sharing selfies on the go.
The camera interface carries two horizontal navigation bars that are orange and grey. Photos can be taken by tapping on the black circular button located over the grey bar, but if you need to change a few things like color level, apply out-of-focus blur, specify aspect ratio or put a self timer, then the orange bar has dedicated buttons for all these.
Another interesting bit about Retrica is its gargantuan photo filters and effects which let you quickly spruce things up or compensate for the poor quality of some cameras within a few screen taps. In addition, it has a photo booth option that boasts a wide array of layouts and you can quickly switch between these by tapping the random button at bottom right.
Once captured, the photo is automatically saved to Retrica’s gallery screen, it can also be shared among other apps via in-app share feature or quickly deleted by tapping the trash icon.
Retrica is available on the Play Store for free but an in-app purchase allows users remove the ads and get 25 additional photo filters. You can download it via the link below.