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Color Splash Review

Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers' attention to the colored areas, creating striking images.


Our Review

Color Splash Review | Star RatingReviewer: Brent Larsen
November 1, 2012

It's easy and fun when you are working on a specific photo project or just looking for a fun way to pass time during that boring meeting.
The intuitive and responsive multi-touch user interface makes Color Splash amazingly easy and fun to use. Use your finger as a brush to "paint" sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original color. Zooming in and out using the two-finger pinching gesture allows you to work on details with pixel-accuracy.
I found the app extremely easy and intuitive and when I made a mistake, the undo function was quick to the rescue. While this app works on both the iPhone and iPad, I found the software much easier to work with on the iPad due its larger screen size.

All functions can be accomplished with your finger but I personally found a stylus to be the preferred method to work within the application. When zoomed into the photo, you can replace the b&w along the edges fairly easy.

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Color Splash Review | Star RatingReviewer: Christa Larsen
November 5, 2012

Long gone are the days where only graphic designers could add cool effects to photos. As a young girl, I always admired a photograph by Kim Anderson called "The First Kiss." This famous image was black and white with the exception of one single red rose. I always wanted to have pictures done like that, but never knew how... until now!
ColorSplash makes it so easy to add personality to any photo because of it's user friendly functions. As you open the app and select the image you want to edit, it is immediately turned black and white. Then, with the swipe of your finger color is added back into the photo. It's also easy to fix if you mess up with their undo button, and you can also repair any mistakes by using their grey coloring tool to turn the color back to black and white.

I use ColorSplash on my iPhone, and while the screen is small, the Pan & Zoom function makes it easy to perfect your coloring. The only minor complaint I have, is that while editing I often wanted to turn my phone to get a better angle at the picture I was working on, hoping the image would stay stationary, however it would move with the phone.
I love this app because it is so quick and effortless to add huge impact to your images. After you are done editing, you can easily upload those images to Facebook and Instagram, or even email to a friend or add it to your camera roll.

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Color Splash Review | Star Rating Reviewer: Kristin Harding
November 9, 2012

I really enjoyed working with color splash. It is a straight forward photo editing software where I can easily create dramatic looking photos. Once you load your photo you can start out with a black & White image and add color, or start with a colored image and turn parts black and white. The key to a great image is mastering the art of zooming in and using your pinkie to get into the small crevices. A really handy tool would be a thin stylus, but since I don't have one, my pinkie will have to do. If you have big sausage fingers, you might want to grab a Qtip or something thin.

The "undo" button will be your best friend, as it allows you make multiple attempts to color in small crevices. To really get some of the details you can adjust your brush size. The smaller your brush the longer it will take to complete your project, so you will want to play around with the sizes. I really liked the smaller brush when I tried to do the shading around the little girl's hair. I highly recommend watching the tutorial, it is only 3 minutes long, but it provides a lot of helpful tips. Color Splash quickly became one of my favorite apps to quickly edit my digital images, making them more interesting.

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