Developer: SSA Mobile LLC
Price: $2.99 Download on the App Store
As a photo addict, I'm always on the hunt for iPhone photo apps. The latest and greatest is Color Range, an iOS app that specializes in adding selective color effects to pics in your iPhone or iPad Photo Library. The developer promises this to be a revolutionary tool that can read the color range of a photo, automatically select and highlight colors all in real time.
Straight out of the box, you'll notice that Color Range has a lot of bells and whistles and appears to be very robust in its creative abilities. And it is, especially with its latest 2.0 update that has completely rewritten it with a new graphics engine, which allows the app to show a real-time preview of all changes to your photo masterpiece. This saves a mountain of time and makes all the other selective color apps that have to render photo effects shake in their boots.
Color Range makes tweaking images fairly easy and has two modes that greatly increase productivity, including the Color Picker where you can select a color you want to focus on and tweak, or you can use the Color Slider if you want to enhance several colors at a time. The Color Slider is great for those who just want a quick way to enhance a snapshot with an artistic effect, while Color Picker is for those fanatical photo hounds who want everything perfect.
While mobile photo apps have made many improvements over the past few years, I believe we're just now starting to see the power of iOS and the wants and needs of photo enthusiasts converge into some really great apps, especially when it comes to manually working on your photo instead of picking automatic presets.
With Color Range, achieving a customized photo with a few easy finger taps is simple and the tools to get you there are laid out very intuitively as well within the app. On the top of the app you'll find the brush tool for spot selection and editing, hue tool, as well as brightness, color balance, color sketch, contrast, saturation and sharpness tools for fine tuning.
Where Color Range really shows its power is the Color Picker tool that allows you to select one color at a time to edit or several individual colors and tweak as needed. When utilizing each tool, your changes are made instantaneously and you only need to tap the check mark in the upper right to save them. If you're not satisfied, click the undo in the bottom tray. Once you have the photo you've always wanted, Color Range allows you to save back to your photo roll or share via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Packed with real-time editing, extra close zooming for spot on editing and unlimited number of undoes or redoes, Color Range delivers amazing selective color techniques for photo enthusiasts. Color Range truly is a next generation photo app.