Software restores and colorizes black and white photos.

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Able to add color to black and white photos, AKVIS Coloriage v2.0 for Mac and Win facilitates selective desaturation and colorization. User selects color and draws rough outline within area to be colorized with pencil tool, and program recognizes borders of area and paints in new color while keeping tone transitions. Keep-color tool makes it possible to replace colors only in defined areas of picture. Features include undo/redo buttons and multi-lingual color library.

Original Press Release:

AKVIS Coloriage 2.0: Add Color to your Memories!

November 29, 2005 - With the release of AKVIS Coloriage V.2.0 for Mac and Win, AKVIS LLC presents the cutting edge technology of automatic B&W photo colorization. Since its first appearance in May 2005, the software has already won the "Best of Soft 2005" prize of PC Magazine/RE.

AKVIS Coloriage adds color to black and white photos with the same ease with which a child paints images in a coloring book ("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 of the area 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, as the program allows changing the color of objects with a mouse click. Anime and manga enthusiasts can apply the program to add color to hand sketch drawings.

The software does not only colorize B&W photos, the available Keep-Color tool makes it possible to replace colors only in defined areas of the picture, while the areas masked with the Keep-Color tool remain unchanged. 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 of colorization and color replacement are available at:

The new version is available for both Windows and Macintosh users. New to the version are the Undo/Redo buttons and translation of Color Library into English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. Color Library with its subtle tones for skin, hair, grass, sky and other natural elements ensures flexibility in the choice of colors.

Operating as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Corel Photo-Paint, AKVIS Coloriage requires no complicated techniques or special knowledge to achieve beautiful results, whether the task is delicate colorization of heirloom photographs or trying new color schemes on a photo of your house. Visit to see this intuitive software make a simple black-and-white photo bloom with color.

You can also find there AKVIS software for old photo restoration (scratch, stains and dust removal, etc).

AKVIS LLC offers a 10-day fully-functional trial of AKVIS Coloriage 2.0 and 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 (Retoucher, Chameleon, Stamp, Enhancer and Coloriage) for USD $250.00, a savings of $121.00 over purchasing each separately. These details are available at

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