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AKVIS Coloriage

Type of Program: Graphics
Supported platforms: Win 98/ME/NT 4x/XP/2K
Company Name: AKVIS LLC
Version: 1.2
Price: $97.00
Installed Size: 3962

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I always look forward to reviewing Akvis products, they are such a joy to use and Akvis Coloriage continues the excellence that you come to expect from this software house.

Coloriage is a colorizing program with which you can bring black and white photos to life with colors and revitalize color photos. That is not all if you think about it, you could also tryout different color schemes for the interior/exterior of your house, see if a new hair color would suit you, mix and match different color clothes, try a different color for your car, the possibilities go on and on.

As usual with Akvis software it is very easy to use and comes with tutorials on how to achieve the various results and it is as simple as selecting an area and picking a color and then running the colorization process. There are before and after screens for you to compare and if you don't like what you see just go back and change the color until you do like it. As well as the standard color picker Coloriage comes with a library of ready selected skin, sky, verdure, and tree color patterns which you will probably know from bitter experience are extremely hard to reproduce. Coloriage makes this really easy. Do remember though that Coloriage is a plugin and you will need one of the major image processing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Photo-Paint, Jasc Paint Shop pro (v.6,7 and upwards), etc. to use it. The program comes in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese though at present there is no help file in Japanese.

OK I know $97.00 is a lot but believe me this is worth the money, it produces top quality professional results and could very easily earn you a tidy sum in photo restoration. Take the 10 day trial and try to resist buying it.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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