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Black Magic

Type of Program: Photo Colorization
Supported Platforms: Win 98SE/ME/2K/XP/Vista/7
Company Name: NeuralTek
Version: 2.85
Price: From US$39

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I have tried all forms of photo coloring software and I always revert to Black Magic which is the leader by a country mile.

BlackMagic delivers professional grade results with uncomplicated ease and little effort. The software also incorporates the "TimeBrush™ RLC [RealLifeColour]™" standard which was specifically created for colorizing black & white motion pictures of Hollywood fame. RLC provides BlackMagic the ability to render superb, rich, vibrant looking colors, that are not under or over saturated, and look completely natural.

Operation is simple, you just load your image, select an appropriate tool (fill brush,smart brush, eraser etc) then select the type of object you wish to color (Skin,hair,sky,fabrics etc) from the "Palettes Menu". The system uses state-of-the-art Neural Net algorithms to provide dynamic parameterisation. This means that the user is not required to pick specific color hues or the associated values/ parameters - she/ he works by simply identifying the 'type of object' to be colored. BlackMagic then automatically performs the needed calculations to continuously vary all required parameters, based on the content of the photograph/ region being colorized - all done in the background transparent to the user. This process ensures consistent as well as optimal selection of hue, brightness, saturation, opacity, etc. for colorizing any object/ region of the image, without the guess work that would otherwise have been required. Accuracy in coloring different objects without over lapping can be achieved through use of the selective zoom which also allows you to get color into every nook and cranny no matter how small.

The results are simply astounding and the colors look absolutely natural. I tested the Professional version and a full Price/Feature comparison can be found Here

I urge you to try this, once you use it you wont want to lose it!

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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