Type of Program: Photo Colorization
Supported Platforms: Win 98SE/ME/2K/XP/Vista/7
Company Name: NeuralTek
Price: From US$39
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
I urge you to try this, once you use it you wont want to lose it!
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Reviewed by Simon Baillie