Color Splash for iPad

Tim Mercer
19 August, 2010
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Color Splash for iPad

Link to: Color Splash for iPad


Pocket Pixels Inc.


Compatible with iPad.
Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
iPhone version also available.

Color Splash for iPad, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

Age Rating:  4+


Available on the App Store Buy
App Guide

Color Splash for iPad is the perfect app for desaturating your photos while leaving selected details in full colour. Having developed Color Splash for the iPhone, Pocket Pixels has turned its attention to the iPad and that device’s larger screen to deliver even more great features to this popular mobile image editor.

To start, you select an image you have saved to your iPad’s photo library. Color Splash automatically turns that selected image into a black-and-white photo. To get the colour back into the parts of the picture you want, you just use your finger as a brush and paint it back in.

You can pick from two painting modes – Color and Gray – at the top of the screen. When the Color mode is selected, painting brings back the full colour of the original image; painting in the the Gray mode desaturates the image removing its colour. You can quickly switch between these modes just by double tapping anywhere on the screen. If you make a mistake, there’s an undo button so you don’t have to worry.

Tapping on the Brush button brings up some options for adjusting the brush size as well as whether it’s hard- or soft-edged. You can also choose to have the brush be full strength or partially transparent. In the latter case, each brush stroke only replaces some of the colour for a more subtle effect.

Colour Coordinated: Like the iPhone app of the same name, Color Splash for iPad removes all the colour from your photos. You then use a finger to paint it back in select areas.

While the toolbar is very easy to use, I found myself not even needing it. When I wanted to colour a larger part of the image, I just zoomed out using the standard pinch gestures and the brush was larger. When it came time to colour the finer details, I zoomed in and the brush was smaller. The app just worked effortlessly, without the need to constantly adjust settings.

Once you’re finished with the image, you can save it to the iPad’s photo library. You can also save the entire session for latter editing, email the image, upload it to Facebook, or copy it to the clipboard to paste into other documents.

Color Splash for iPad comes with a great video tutorial that is playable from within the app. After watching the short tutorial, you’ll know everything you need to get started.

This wonderful app is very easy to use. The interface design keeps the focus on working the image instead of fooling around adjusting settings. It all just seems to work automatically.

Color Splash for iPad, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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  1. Peter says:

    Great review from Macworld, I instantly purchased this app from reading your site! Absolutely love this app already, its exactly what I have been interested in learning on a mac platform, but this is so much simpler and fun!

    Thanks for the review!

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