Make a splash with Color Splash Studio

In the good old days, I used to edit photos of the kids, turn them into black and white images, and restore some color in a few select areas. I probably could have made a business of it. Now, you can do it on your iPhone or iPad in a few minutes. But change is a good thing, and so is Color Splash Studio from MacPhun. MacPhun has had a popular app for the Mac for a while, so it's nice to see iOS users get some loving. I just received my new MacBook Pro with Retina display, so I thought I would celebrate by editing this photo from last week's WWDC event when I saw Apple's Phil Schiller introduce the new MacBook. But to emphasize the display, I turned him black and white and kept the rest of the picture in full color.

The app is easy to use, with a variety of brushes and backgrounds and adjustments for hue, saturation and more.

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My only concerns are, I wish they had a Universal version rather than having to run in 2X mode. You could just get their FX Photo Studio HD app which is an iPad specific app with even more photo editing features. Also, the sharing mechanism is a little klunky. With iOS 5, Apple added twitter integration, but the app uses its own method that requires a pin code. Apple's iOS 6 will add more networks like Facebook so I hope the app leverages these new APIs.

Ultimately, Color Splash Studio is a powerful tool to add some real flair to your photos. Maybe you can even start a business of your own!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.