Tuesday, May 31, 2011

There’s an App for That – Featuring Color in Black & White Images

Sometimes when you want someone to really see something, it’s useful to be able to highlight it so you can draw attention to it. That’s what yellow highlights do for text.

So what’s a really good way to do this with images? How about making everything else in the photograph black and white (greyscale) so you’re featuring the one item by virtue of all the other aspects of the photograph receding to the eye.

iSplash lets me feature what I want in this photograph.

And Colorize lets me change the palette.

For Interior Designers, it’s a wonderful way to let your client really see the piece of furniture you want them to focus on. Some apps let you change the featured color, so if you want to show alternatives palettes, this will help them visualize the piece the way you want them to see it. 

For people who love to play with images, to be creative in their presentations, and to just fool around with pictures, these apps provide great ways to do this too.

There are several apps that let you do this on the iPad, iPhone, smartphones, and computers. In no particular order, here are just three of them.

“ColorSplash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white while keeping your chosen details in color.”
Click on each go to information for iPad, Mac computers, Blackberry

Colorize lets you recolor your photos to create amazing new artwork and effects. Most selective coloring apps give you two painting choices: Gray or original color. Colorize gives you this plus the ability to paint nearly any color.”
Available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Use Tintii for color pop and selective color photo effects, and local hue, saturation and lightness adjustments. Tintii is available as both a standalone app, and as a filter plugin for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements and Corel® Paint Shop Pro®.
Tintii 2.5.2 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux

UPDATE: June 28, 2011
Another Design Tech Tonics article you might also enjoy is about how to let others see the colors you imagine and is useful for select painting colors. For a link to it, click HERE.

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The information contained herein is for guideline purposes only, is not intended as an endorsement of any product, and is no guarantee of the results.

Images courtesy of iTunes, Tintii, and Beryn Hammil Designs

Copyright © The B. Hammil Company 2011


  1. Great topic and info! As a non mac user (subject to change) Sometimes its tough to find functionality like this for images. Thank you for putting this out there!

    -Codee P

  2. Thanks for your compliment, Codee P! Always good to know that this type of information is being well-received. Enjoy!


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