ColorSplash for iPhone creates eye-catching photo effects

Ars celebrates Holi by taking a peek at ColorSplash, a new iPhone application that lets you create splashes of colors in otherwise desaturated photographs. The app is fun, but let's just say your finger isn't the most precise photo editing tool.

I decided to take a look at ColorSplash, a new iPhone photo editing utility, in honor of Holi, the Spring festival of colors. ColorSplash works by desaturating images and letting you restore just parts of the colors by drawing them in with your finger. As the image shown here demonstrates, this can be extremely effective visually, allowing one part of the image to pop.

Unfortunately, this is a little easier said than done with ColorSplash, despite a good application suite. The iPhone and your finger just aren't the best tools for the kind of precision work that proper colorizing demands. I'm not saying that the program wasn't fun to work with—it was—but my results, even with careful application, came nowhere near the quality of the demo images, such as this man with the umbrella.

ColorSplash has a number of UI issues. The buttons at the top of the screen are just a little too hard to tap and just a bit too close together, because there are six of them. From left to right, they offer a main menu, a help file, a two-choice toggle between showing color or showing a Photoshop-style mask, a drawing-tool thickness pop-up, and an undo button. These are all very good options, but I would have skipped the help button, offering it in the pop-down menu instead, and chosen some other approach for the color/mask overlay choice.

Read the whole article @ ARS Technica

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