Colour or monochrome? Always a tough decision, but sometimes you don’t need to make that call – you can have a bit of both. Colour-popping – the retention of colour saturation in one part of a monochrome image – is becoming more and more popular.
Traditionally, the colour-pop effect could only be applied when using an image editor that supported multiple image layers, such as Photoshop Elements. Recently, a number of colour-popping specialist apps, particularly on touch-screen devices, have emerged, and the newest kid on the block is Color Splash Studio (at the reduced price of $1.99/£1.49 at the time of writing), from Macphun (makers of the previously reviewed FX Photo Studio).
Like FX Photo Studio, Color Splash Studio has a sleek interface, and is a swift operator. Drag & drop your image into the app, and you’re ready to start painting in colour. The opacity, size and hardness of the colour-painting brush can be adjusted, and painting is seemingly not as fiddly as in some apps – this may have something to do with the unobtrusive brush cursor. Additionally, both the painted and non-painted layer are adjustable in their colour, contrast, exposure etc. Via these adjustment sliders, it’s possible to make a subtle colour-pop effect, where non-painted areas are just slightly desaturated, rather than being converted to monochrome – producing an effect that is less “in-your-face.”