Sometimes photographs need a little more panache, style or dramatic emphasis but it’s not always convenient (or enjoyable) to transfer photos to a home computer for post-processing.
ColorSplash, the aptly named photographic manipulation app, gives you a bit of that Photoshop-like power in the palm of your hand. Specifically, it allows you to select the features of your images that will stand out in full color while the rest is converted to grayscale (black & white). While this single ability may sound simple, its results are anything but. Before we delve into the intricacies of the app, you need to see what I’m going on about.
Here’s the original photo of my cat. I was kind enough to skip over my lolcat pics. You’re welcome.
And this is the result of it being ColorSplashed:
The eyes stand out dramatically and the photo now exudes a refined mood. Pay particular attention to the fur covering portions of the eyes. Not only is this app convenient and powerful at its job, it allowed me to zoom in enough to work comfortably around delicate edges.
Simply take a photograph from within ColorSplash or load one from your library.
And now it’s ready to rock. The bottom icons represent the various tool modes. Pan & Zoom disables editing while moving and zooming into specific areas of the photo to avoid accidental alterations.
‘C’ adds the original color to the area you touch and ‘G’ returns it to grayscale (like a pencil and eraser). While using either of the two tools, zooming can be accomplished by pinching with two fingers. Likewise, sweep with two fingers to pan.
The upper bar displays file management, instructions, two view modes, brush strength and undo icons (from left to right, respectively). The red circle icon highlights in red all of the areas you’ve colorized. This allowed me to correct mistakes and find areas I might have missed while finger-painting color back into my photo. The rainbow icon returns the view to default.
Simply touch the ‘C’ icon on the lower bar and swipe your finger across portions of the photo you wish to return color to. ColorSplash helps by filling in the immediate areas that are similar to what you’ve just touched, making the process quick and painless. The app allows you to literally zoom in until you can see individual pixels in order to work on tricky areas.
The white circle icon opens a menu for choosing the brush strength and edge (I used the default brush most of the time). Tap the screen to hide the menu bar for a fullscreen view.
A welcome addition to this app would be the ability to change the hue and brightness of selected areas of the photo. Such a feature would salvage inferior photos (due to shadows and poor lighting conditions) while offering unique contrasts.
You can save the session to continue working on it at another time, or save the finished photo to your Camera Roll and show your results off to friends and Flickr acquaintances. Voilà.
When initially approaching this app I had my doubts that it would be effective on portable hardware, particularly given my lack of patience and finger-finesse. ColorSplash proved me wrong. I came across no bugs, crashes or inconveniences while manipulating photos and I genuinely enjoyed every moment. I think you will too.
|Title:||ColorSplash (v1.0)||Developer:||Hendrik Kueck|
|Price:||$1.99||App Size:||0.5 mb|