COMPANY: NeuralTek | URL: (See Buy links below) | TYPE: Plug-in | PLATFORM: Windows | PRICE: $39-189
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BlackMagic is a photo coloring software for Windows, used to colorize Black & White, BlackMagic virtual box-shot Sepia, or IR (infrared) photos, or to color-correct images with faded or inappropriate colors. Being extremely simple to use, it's a software that transcends age and professional boundaries, providing an immense sense of achievement, pride and satisfaction for kids and adults alike. The resulting colorized photos have optimally saturated and consistent, correct hues, giving the impression the photo had originally been shot in color! BlackMagic delivers such professional grade results with the minimum of fuss, and just a few minutes worth of effort.

BlackMagic incorporates the TimeBrush RLC (RealLifeColor) standard. TimeBrush RLC technology was specifically created for colorizing black & white motion pictures of Hollywood fame. This feature provides BlackMagic the ability to render superb, rich, vibrant looking colors that are not under/over saturated and look completely natural.

Colorizing Photos: The ISSUES
Colorizing black & white photos can get quite involved, depending upon the quality and sophistication of the results desired. The process involved can be very tedious and challenging, taking a day or longer to completely colorize a single black & white photograph to professional grade quality. The typical 'paint' computer programs usually require the operator to select individual hue (color), opacity (transparency), etc., for coloring a specific portion of the photo. This is further compounded by the need to 'guess' the right hue/saturation values to color a certain object, which can take several hit-and-trial iterations, with no guarantee of a 'best' match.

The whole process may need to be repeated hundreds of times over to finish a single photograph. Even then, the results often leave much to be desired, and rarely resemble the real life colors that we are used to seeing in color photographs. Even with all this professional care and sophistication, it is common to get results suffering from improper color matches, over saturated colors, dull/faded colors, or over-emphasized/blurred edges.

The BlackMagic Difference
BlackMagic resolves all of the above problems associated with colorizing black & white photos, and more. 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 guesswork that would otherwise have been required.

BlackMagic provides several tools to most expeditiously apply RealLifeColor palettes to a monochromatic image. It is available in several versions, to suit every budget and need:

HE (Home Edition) is a low priced consumer version suited for home PC users, this edition of BlackMagic provides a fun way for Moms and Dads (and the kids alike) to have fun colorizing black & white photos from the family album, or to re-color the ones that did not come out quite right. BlackMagic HE supports a maximum processing resolution of one million pixels, suited for printing at A4/Letter sizes (similar in size to 8" X 10" photo prints) on most consumer-end color printers (such as color photo ink-jet printers).

This edition makes a unique gift for any occasion, or an invaluable addition to your or your kids' personal software library. Photos colorized using BlackMagic HE are indeed masterpieces that you or your kids create; the results are sure to provide a tremendous sense of achievement, pride, and satisfaction, besides delivering professionally restored family heirlooms to be admired by generations to come.

BE (Business Edition) is primarily aimed at small, individually owned and run photo restoration services. This edition of BlackMagic allows for processing at up to 4M-pixel image resolutions for higher resolution prints. The Business Edition also offers additional functionality, tools and palettes over the HE version.

PE (Professional Edition) is the ultimate photo-colorization tool, and offers a rich set of tools and palettes for an unprecedented level of productivity in colorization projects. The PE version supports processing at any resolution, limited only by the computer's resources. It offers additional features and functionality over Home or Business Editions, and will suit large photo processing/restoration studios, or photo artists.

BlackMagic offer a vary attractive ROI, considering that getting a single Black & White photo Colorized from a photo-studio may cost between US$ 50-500.

All BlackMagic Editions come with full on-line help/tutorial, web/e-mail support, and free product updates within the same major release.
Home edition
Business edition
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Professional edition