With the release of AKVIS Coloriage V.3.1 for Mac and Win, AKVIS presents the cutting edge technology of automatic B&W photo colorization. Since its first appearance in May 2005, the software has already won the "Best of Soft 2005" prize of PC Magazine/RE.
AKVIS Coloriage adds color to black and white photos with the same ease with which a child paints images in a coloring book ("coloriage" means a coloring book in French). The colorizing technique is easy: you take the Pencil tool, select a color and draw a rough outline within the area to be colorized; the program recognizes the borders of the area and paints in the new color keeping the tone transitions. No layers manipulation, no manual painting!
The list of the tool's uses is practically endless. Home users can apply it to colorize old B&W photos from the family archives, for example, to make a present to the grandma by adding color to her early days' photos. Professional designers can use AKVIS Coloriage to try different color schemes for interior and exterior design, as the program allows changing the color of objects with a mouse click. Anime and manga enthusiasts can apply the program to add color to hand sketch drawings and comics.
The software does not only colorize B&W photos, the available Keep-Color tool makes it possible to replace colors only in defined areas of the picture, while the areas masked with the Keep-Color tool remain unchanged. Thus, you can recolor clothes on your color photo or change the color of the hair, eyes, etc on a portrait. Selective desaturation and selective colorization of a color photo is made easy. Examples of colorization and color replacement are available at Examples.
New to version 3.1: higher processing speed, fixed bug with crash on large images, added the possibility to set the brush size for Pencil, Keep-Color Pencil, Eraser tool separately (earlier they changed their size automatically as you zoom in or zoom out); 16 bits mode support added.
Operating as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Corel Photo-Paint, AKVIS Coloriage requires no complicated techniques or special knowledge to achieve beautiful results, whether the task is delicate colorization of heirloom photographs or trying new color schemes on a photo of your house. Visit the online tutorial to see this intuitive software make a simple black-and-white photo bloom with color.
You can also find there AKVIS software for old photo restoration (scratch, stains and dust removal, etc).
AKVIS offers a 10-day fully-functional trial of AKVIS Coloriage 3.1 and registration costs USD $97.00 for a home license and USD $246.00 for a business license. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS digital imaging processing software in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, Stamp, Enhancer and Coloriage) for USD $250.00, a savings of $121.00 over purchasing each separately. These details are available at the Discounts page.
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