Color Splash Studio review

While there are plenty of full-featured image-editing programs on the market, there are times when you want an app that does just one thing, and does it incredibly well. For selective desaturation – removing colour from specific parts of a photo while leaving the remainder untouched – that application is MacPhun’s Color Splash Studio.

Once you’ve imported an image, it automatically displays a black-and-white version of it, along with the program’s tools. Everything is clean, well-organised and intuitive.

The colour-editing tools include two brush options – Color and Grayscale – and a panning tool. You can adjust the brush size, softness and opacity, making it easy to colour detailed areas; and if you accidentally do too much colouring, then the Grayscale brush lets you paint over those areas you want to desaturate again. As you’re colouring in your image, you can adjust the colour layer’s brightness, contrast, blur, saturation, hue, and exposure. You can also use brightness, contrast, and blur sliders to tweak the greyscale areas.

A handy Invert button quickly changes everything that’s black and white to colour, and vice versa. You can also easily start over by clicking the Clear button.

Transform your photographs quickly and easily with Color Splash Studio

The Compare tool displays the original image next to the current version of your creation. And if you want to see where you’ve painted more clearly, a Show button overlays coloured areas with a red mask, making it easier to spot areas you’ve missed.

Once you’ve finished editing your image, you can save it, or click Share to share it via email, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, or Twitter.

OUR VERDICT

Overall, Color Splash Studio is a fun and easy-to-use application that does exactly what it sets out to do.

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