Among my Photoshop tools are a few dozen non-Photoshop tools. These are simple apps that basically do one thing. And they do it faster than doing the same thing in Photoshop.
Another aspect of these apps is that they’re dirt cheap. For apps under $5 you can’t expect too many features. I’ve got one that colorizes gray scale images. Quickly. Easily. Cheaply.
Do It Without Photoshop
iSplash is another one of those new breed Mac App Store apps. It doesn’t cost much. It doesn’t do much. But what it does is easier than doing the same thing in a more expensive app.
Photoshop can colorize photos with ease. Take a color photo, make it grayscale.
Then, colorize just a portion of the image, so the color section stands out.
How is that done in Photoshop? Not in a few clicks, for sure. Plus, there’s the expense and difficulty in learning and using Photoshop.
iSplash to the rescue. It doesn’t do much but it does it quickly.
Using iSplash is simple enough.
Open a photo, click to change it to grayscale. Click to color in those areas you want to colorize.
It’s an easy way to take rather mundane photos and give them a creative flare.
Wait. You’re expecting it to do more? Nope. Sorry. This is as close to a single-trick pony app as you’re likely to get, though it will handle .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .bmp, and .png files.
iSplash is decent and costs less than $5 (many of these $5 apps in the Mac App Store are regularly on sale for 99-cents or $1.99).
The caveat is that it does not come with a trial period. It’s buy before you try. It’s decent enough, as cheap apps go, but if you don’t like it, your money is gone. At least there’s a YouTube video on the developer’s web site so you can see it in action first. Or, check out Colorize, which does the same thing.