Colour Splash Studio Mac review

If you’ve ever wanted to recreate “the little girl in the red jacket” effect from Schindler’s List then a new app has just hit the Mac App Store just for you, and rocketing in at number one you’re apparently not alone in your desire.


Whilst not the only app that lets you create colour splash photography, it is the most powerful – at least according to the team behind it – the MacPhun guys who you might remember from the FX Studio Pro app we looked at recently.

If you don’t know colour splash photography – it’s basically desaturating all but certain parts of the image – you’ve probably seen a black and white photo with bright red lipstick left in for example. It used to be a high-end effect for powerful computers. I can now do it on my phone. This makes me feel as old as the Schindler’s List reference I made at the top of this review. I digress.

So how is it to use? Simple to the point where it also beggars belief. You can drag and drop a photo into the workspace, swipe away with the brush and enjoy the results. Obviously the more complex the image, the more work you will have to put in to impress but common sense should apply with all your image choices. Colour Splash plays nice with full screen Lion and it’s great having all that space and a nice clean layout to work with.

What is more, there are enough adjustable parameters that you can work with very complex images, fiddling with brush diameter, opacity and softness to add nuance to your images. You can also tweak the bright, contrast and so on for the colour and greyscale layer and for added creativity you can play with the blur.

The flexibility doesn’t stop there – you can fiddle with a wide range of popular image formats – jpeg, bitmaps, tiffs and even RAW files. Sharing is also easy, and Colour Splash plays nicely with Aperture and iPhoto as well as popular social networks such as Flikr, Twitter and Facebook.

What’s not to like? Well to be honest not that much. If you don’t like Colour Splash images, or can’t imagine ever making more that two, then obviously this is not for you. For the rest of you – check it out.

Colour Splash is out on the Mac App store for the low low price of £1.49 (it’s 60% off for a limited time)

Sky Mobile TV comes to App Store

Not content with only allowing XBox users the chance to view their wares, Sky are now offering iPhone devotees the opportunity to stream live TV right into their palm.

Channels such as Sky News, as well as their Sky Sports package, will be available via subscription, allowing you to watch top football action whilst on that tortuously pallid train journey or as you sup that wispily frothy latte in your favourite wi-fi enabled coffee shop.

Parting with £6 a month will see those with an iPhone (or iPod Touch) also able to pick up ESPN and the equine mainstay, At The Races.

Sky Sports on iPhone

Is it worth it? The live Barclays Premier League football on offer is undoubtedly the biggest draw here; the sport has proven to be a major factor in the success of Sky’s satellite service, and conversely, the investment and nourishment Sky has given to English football has injected real money, glamour and pizzazz into the game.

But we’re all used to taking in Torres v Terry on expansive TVs, both at home and in the pub – vast plains of televisual majesty, each blade of grass bristling under your nose and the crowd’s passion reverberating through the living room and your heart too.

And with this in mind, hand-held football threatens to be one epic comedown. The two darlings of Apple, the iPhone and the iPod Touch both boast a high quality display, crisp and sharp. But football is a kinetic, intricate game, brimming with subtle flourishes and – well, a pretty minuscule ball! One look away and you might lose sight of it.

Football is often seen as a communal activity too, from the 22 players on the pitch to the spectators simultaneously breathing in each kick of the ball. And nothing quite beats seeing your team slay your greatest rivals with a bunch of beer-stained mates.

Indulging in live iPhone football whilst lonesome threatens the existence of this particular enchanting past-time, but if you’re away from the big screen and rabidly ponderous of the Manchester Utd. vs Liverpool score, then there’s probably little better way of checking out the game – it’s just a fingertip away. That’s if you can see the ball, mind.