Many old photos are in black and white. Virtually every photo in iPhoto is in color. That’s the difference in generations, and yet the latest artsy trend is to turn color photos to black and white and then highlight an object in the photo with color.
And, yes, dear Mac user, there’s an app that makes it all drop dead easy.
The Trend To Color Splashing
Taking the color out of a color digital photo is easy. Even iPhoto can do that, and it’s merely a click in most photo enhancement apps.
The real trick is not taking the color out, it’s putting color back into an object in the photo.
That effort takes a little work or the right app.
The best I’ve used to date is ColorStrokes, which does more than remove color. It lets you play with color. Completely recolor an image, or splash natural color onto an object in the photo, or even bring a special color effect to the object.
Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. ColorStroke’s tools give you granular control over the colored objects with brightness, contrast, blur, saturation and hue, even exposure.
I love what it does to the background of a photo, and the quick and easy way to focus on a particular subject or object whereby the color catches the eye.
Presets in ColorStrokes makes it a one click operation to remove color from the image.
The control brushes let you put color back into the photo but only on a section of the photo you desire.
Control the brushes diameter, softness, opacity, and then adjust color controls to achieve the effect you want.
It doesn’t take much effort to produce an attractive color splashed photo. Effects presets are merely a click away and any changes to the photo are non-destructive. Simple click to reset back to the original photo.
How do you share photos today? Email? Facebook? Twitter? Flickr? Those are all built-in to ColorStrokes. Considering the price tag, there’s just not much to complain about as the many four star reviews will attest.