Selective color is an image-editing post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color. You can accomplish this trick using Photoshop or GIMP, but that will require some technical skill. A simpler alternative is to use Colorstrokes, which can implement the selective color effect in just a few clicks. And yes, we have a giveaway for this software.
Colorstrokes is a simple-to-use image editing software (for Mac) that lets you play with colors in every possible way. You can recolor images, create unique color splash photos, bring color to black and white snaps and of course, carry out selective color effect.
The ColorStrokes app is available in the Mac App Store. All you have to do is to hit up the App Store, search for it and click to purchase and install.
Once you have started the app, you can quickly load your image by dragging and dropping it into the specified box.
The top portion is mostly where you’ll find your loading options, undo/redo, zoom, and compare. The meat of the app, the right side, is where you can adjust what you’re editing, brush and color adjustments, and some photo enhancing options.
To begin work, just select “native color” to add a bit of color to your photo. Made a mistake? No problem, just click “Grayscale” to remove a bit of the color. If you made a huge mess, going to “Edit” and “Revert to Original” may do the trick. You can always click “Compare” at the top of the app to see how things are going.
For simple images, you shouldn’t face any problem with ColorStrokes. However, when working with more complex images, like the Golden Gate Bridge (pictured above), there are times where I can’t get it to detect certain portion of the photo and color it correctly. Other than that, other tools work fine though. While applying the edits, it might cause the app to freeze up for a few seconds, but overall, the performance is good.
Other than selecting coloring, Colorstrokes also offer photo effects. There are three photo effect features (Hard Light, Dreamy, and Soft) that you can use. You also have the ability to add vignette.
Colorstrokes 2.0 Giveaway
The developers of ColorStrokes has gladly sponsored 10 license keys for ColorStrokes to be given away to Make Tech Easier’s readers. Here is how you can win your copy:
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Contest ends September 3rd, 2012.
Colorstrokes is available now on Mac App Store for $2.99.