20 Cool Web Designs Featuring Retro Photo Effects

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Retro photo effects have been popular for a while now with the continued success of apps like Instagram, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more retro style photo effects being used in website designs. The odd colour shifts and grainy textures associated with old school photos help give the design a nostalgic feel.


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Bad Racket

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Epic Discovery

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Ismael Burciaga

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Life in Greenville

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Givers Band

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Yield Design Co

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35mm Design

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Two Fish Illustration & Design

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Blind Barber

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iTrackMyTime App

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Nature Valley Trail View

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Matthew Byrne

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Iggy's design tutorials and articles at his Web Design Blog or follow his daily findings on Twitter.


  1. I have been seeing a lot of this "large image slideshow background" lately.. seems to be the latest trend right now..

  2. No doubt that these are the real and attractive photo effects.
    I personally like you post and i will keep my eye on your posts.
    a lot of Thumbs and best wishers for you.

  3. Justin says:

    Full image background sliders are always great. As a small business web design firm we try to incorporate as many images as possible rather than using text. If images are worth a thousand words… may as well use plenty of them, without going overboard of course. We mainly design on WordPress and with so many plugins available for this type of website, you can design something pretty sweet pretty easily!

  4. james says:

    As previously stated there does seem to be a trend of nice (sometimes alternating) background images. Although they can make the site look great I'm in two minds about them. They will slow down the loading times , which can affect your Google ranking. However if you pick the right images you're much more likely to get the customers approval, it certainly adds a bit of wow factor.
    Regarding the retro style images, I think these are great , and as well as looking good I also think it portrays a sense of trust, and gives the impression that this is a good company. First impressions are everything.

  5. Great collection, very impressive retro photo effects, very effective.

  6. Mak says:

    you represent Original Retro Style <a href=>web design</a>'s completely awesome as old saying goes "Old is Gold" Old yet New in designing..

  7. The trend of web design remains changes and if you are a web designer you need to be updated with the latest trend. Like the trend of retro photo effects and blurred backgrounds is practicing by the web designers. So it all depend on the ideas of the designer how much creativity he can show in his design.

  8. Kuikistudio says:

    Retro photo effects are a current trend in web design, and there are many resources that can help with adding retro photo effects to your designs.

  9. This image impact approach is really taking off in web design. Now with higher screen resolutions we can really appreciate it.

  10. SDGSteve says:

    Most of them feel a bit too Instagram for me, but I love the Bangers one, committed look with a great feel to it.

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