A few years ago the rage in online photos was images with a reflection on the bottom, as if the photo was standing free, but on a glassy surface. Those days are gone. Today, it’s adding color to a black and white photo. The easy way is to start with a color photo first. Make it black and white, then add color back into a select section of the photo. That’s not a bad technique for a mere 99-cents.
The Focus Of Color
Allow me to go on a limb and figure out why the color on a black and white photo is popular. Focus. The color brings focus to what would otherwise be a typical, boring photo.
iSplash is a 99-cent Mac app that takes a color photo, makes it black and white, then allows you to bring back the color on focused objects in the photo. This photo is worth the thousand words to explain the effect.
Here’s another one thousand words.
What you do to get there is easy enough.
iSplash lets you open any image in iPhoto to edit. Click and the photo becomes black and white. Then, set a color brush and size, and use the tool to put the color back into a section or object of the photo.
There are zoom in and zoom out tools, and the brush size can be adjusted. Changes are non-destructive (it won’t modify the original photo in iPhoto), and there’s a handy undo button on the Toolbar.
That’s it. iSplash adds a bit of color to a black and white photos. Sweet. Simple. Elegant. And cheap.