Picaflor might be the Spanish word for hummingbird, but it is also the name of a new iPhone app that lets you give your photos a unique look by selecting one color to pop out with the rest converted to black and white.
The app is really easy to use. You simply adjust the color slider to the color that you want to see, and then adjust the “range” using the two knobs on the other slider. You get to see the image in real-time as you move the sliders.
The output is full resolution (on my iPhone 5) and it saves with a watermark. To remove the watermark you can buy an in-app purchase for $1.99.
I can think of a few things I’d like to see added to the app, but both would make the app a bit more complex. One possible feature would be a brush to convert regions back to black and white since there are often a few spots you’d like to cover up. Another would be the ability to add additional colors to the selection, so you could have both the red and blue colors selected. But as I said, both of these would add complexity. I often like simple apps.
This app does exactly what it say, and is very simple. Can’t go wrong with that. Since you can download it for free, there is no reason not to try it. I even like the way the watermark changes color to match the color you have chosen. Nice little touch.
If you ever take photos of graffiti this app really lets things pop out of the photo.
Picaflor for iPhone is free to download.
The best way to show this app is using some examples. I took the photo below as I walked to work one morning. The additional photos show a variety of versions where I selected a color and range. The slider settings for each color variation are also shown.
It sure was a gorgeous fall day!
From the author
Hello. This blog started in April 2011 and continues to grow.
If you are interested in photography with your iPhone and iPad be sure to drop by every now and then. I'll try to let you know about any photo apps that I happen to be using that day, or things that I notice about iPhoneography.
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-- a guy in Charlottesville, VA
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