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PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS Releases Coloriage 5.0 in Standalone Edition
AKVIS LLC has updated Coloriage, its cutting edge technology for automatic B&W photo colorization. Version 5.0 of AKVIS Coloriage is now available as a standalone application and as plugin to a photo editor.
To add color to black and white photos or recolor areas on a photo with AKVIS Coloriage is as easy as handling a coloring book. In fact, "coloriage" means a coloring book in French.
The colorizing technique is easy: you take the Pencil tool, select a color and draw a rough outline within the area to be colorized; the program recognizes the borders and paints in the new color keeping the tone transitions. No layers manipulation, no manual painting!
The list of the tool's uses is practically endless. Home users can apply it to colorize old B&W photos from the family archives, for example, to make a present to the grandma by adding color to her early days' photos. Professional designers can use AKVIS Coloriage to try different color schemes for interior and exterior design. Anime and manga enthusiasts can apply it to add color to hand sketch drawings and comics.
The software not only colorizes B&W photos, the available Keep-Color tool makes it possible to replace colors only in defined areas of the picture. Thus, you can recolor clothes on your color photo or change the color of the hair, eyes, etc on a portrait. Selective desaturation and selective colorization of a color photo is made easy. Examples are available at: http://akvis.com/en/coloriage/examples-add-color.php.
Earlier only the users of photo editing software could take advantage of the program, as it was available only as a Plugin. Starting with version 5.0, Coloriage also works as a stand-alone application.
AKVIS Coloriage runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4, PowerPC G3 and above. The program is Universal Binary, it works equally well on both PPC- and Intel-Mac.
The plug-in version of Coloriage is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Photo-Paint, Paint Shop pro, Bodypaint, etc.
AKVIS LLC offers a 10-day fully-functional trial of AKVIS Coloriage. Registration costs USD $97.00 for a home license and USD $246.00 for a business license. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS digital imaging processing software in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Coloriage, Retoucher, Chameleon, Stamp, Enhancer, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, Frame Suite and Noise Buster) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. These details are available at http://akvis.com/en/discounts.php.
(First posted on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 14:27 EDT)