Review: Photo Delight for iPad

Create customized colorized photos from your own photos on your iPad. (February 15th, 2011)

When you want to highlight your photos with just that splash of color, Photo Delight makes it quick and easy. This iPad app works flawlessly.

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Product Manufacturer: Global Delight Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Price: $1.99 US

The Good

  • Easy to create stunning images.
  • Multiple undo and redo capability.
  • Facebook integration.
  • Inexpensive.

The Bad

  • One trick pony.

The simple application, Photo Delight for iPad, lets you create color splashes easily in your photos. That means you can color enhance any pictures that are mostly black and white, and add a few elements in color.

It does this by first converting an image to black and white. Next you paint the areas that you want to restore to color with your finger.

You might think that this would be an inexact process, but zooming by pinching and moving about, you can make the changes quite precisely using just your finger.

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Sample Colorized Photo by Marshall


Photo Delight has a feature called Smart Touch, where if you start to paint in an area that is a solid color, it only paints that color. This is handy for sweeping out large areas of a single color and it means that you do not have to be careful about the edges of the colorized area. In the picture above, I colorized the green areas very quickly using this technique.

If you make a mistake while adding color into a picture, don't worry; Photo Delight supports unlimited undo and redo. I used this feature a lot while learning Photo Delight. One mistake I made repeatedly: Trying to move the picture with a one-finger gesture, but that applies color to the image. To slide the picture around, you have to use two fingers. Photo Delight also has an eraser, which can erase color that you have added by mistake.

Controls

Photo Delight Tools Palette


To begin using Photo Delight, you pick a photo - either from your photo library, or from your Facebook page. Photo Delight loads that picture and converts it to a grayscale image.

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Choose Your Photo from Facebook or Photo Library


You can also adjust the size of the brush that you use to add color. One click on the Brush tool in the palette of tools on the side of the screen opens the slider controls.

Brushes

Photo Delight Brush Controls


Once you have colorized the photo to your satisfaction, you can upload it to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, email it to someone, print it using AirPrint, or save it locally on your iPad. When you save a photo locally, it goes onto the iPhoto current roll, as if you had taken a screen shot. When you connect your iPad to your Mac, you can download the picture with iPhoto.

Save Print Share Options

Save Print Share Options


Photo Delight is not a general purpose image editing program. It really only does one thing - adds color splashes - but it does it well. The process of adding color to a black and white image is very easy, and can produce stunning results. To add color splashes in other image editing program sis a much more involved affair.

You can buy Photo Delight from the iTunes store for $1.99. While Photo Delight works in iOS 3.2 and up, the AirPrint feature is only available in iOS 4.2 and later. If you want to enhance your photos with color splashes, or think you might be interested in making them, this is an inexpensive way to create some artistic effects.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor

by Marshall Clow


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