colorstrokesColorStrokes,” a $5 app for Mac users, has been the most popular “color splash” app for two years in a row. If like us, you’ve never heard of a color splash app, stay tuned, because they’re interesting.

Ever notice those ads where the whole photo is in black and white except for a colorful butterfly or some other object? It’s probably been done with Photoshop, but you can also do it with ColorStrokes, and it’s super easy. The program starts by automatically changing a color photo to black and white. You can then use the program’s brush to paint over any object in the picture to restore its color. The effect looks great.

For Windows 8 users, there’s “Fotor Color Splash Studio,” a free app from the Windows 8 store.  It worked well in our tests. As with the Mac app, you can adjust the size of the brush and the intensity of the colors. For Windows 7 and XP users, has a free online photo editor.

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