Getting Creative on Your iPad or Mac with Colorstrokes

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There aren’t a lot of applications for my iPad or Computer that have stood the test of time other than Lightroom 4 and now Colorstrokes.  I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of a black and white photo with a red apple or a girl in a red jacket (why is it always red?) on the web.  This is the type of program that they are using, it strips the color from your photographing leaving you with a black and white palette to bring out whichever color you want.  Colorstrokes gives you the ability to add your own color to the program if you can’t bring out the effect you’re looking for.

Starbursts and Light Trails at Night
Original Photograph Before Colorstrokes

The program is very straight forward and easy to use, it’s intuitive and fast.  The photo at the top of the page was created in about 3 minutes on my Mac.  I’ll admit that using this program is actually a lot easier on the iPad due to the ability to stoke with your finger where you’d like the color, for some reason using the track-pad on my mouse gives me a random jump out of place (much like I imagine trying to put lipstick on a woman’s face in a moving car would be like).  The first time you fire up the app on your Mac you’ll be greeted by a simple drag and drop page where you can… you guessed it… drag and drop the image you’d like to work on.

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You could also click load image or import image if you’d like to manually search for the image the hard way.  It’s $1.99 for the Mac and about the same for your iPad, check it out if you’re the creative type.


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