Monochromia 1.5: Update Review

Color Channel to make your monochrome better.

by Pu on July 14, 2011

Monochromia 1.5 is now available in the App Store. I reviewed Monochromia last month, explaining that, while I regarded this app as one of the best in its genre on iPhone, I truly felt that the impossibility to work properly with color channel settings was something that prevented users from fully taking advantage of youthhr’s monochrome converter.

The developer listened to users or, in any case, he demonstrated to agree that color channels are not a secondary aspect for better looking black and white photos. There is more to black and white than simply desaturating, and not all photos can be successfully turned into monochrome just by giving equal weight to all colors. Sometimes, to make important elements in a monochrome photo stand out or in order not to lose precious detail, it’s necessary to filter colors. In traditional black and white photography, for giving visual preeminence to specific elements of the image, special filters can be applied in front of the lens of the camera. Blocking certain colors instead of others (for example, the red filter blocks all colors but red, the blue filter blocks all but blue, etc.), filters allow to obtain a richer tonal range. The same effects can be accomplished in digital photography with post processing.

Monochromia for iPhoneMonochromia 1.5 finally offers a color channel feature, for greater flexibility and better conversion from color to black and white. The possibility to apply filters for individual color channels makes a huge difference. From Monochromia’s developing area, you can now access the color channel settings. Other than red, green, blue, yellow, and orange filters, it’s possible to select normal grayscale and maximum channels.

Monochromia for iPhone

Different results for different filters.

Given Monochromia’s new features, I decided to review my previous rating accordingly, giving the app a full score.


Name: Monochromia
Developer: youthhr
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 4.1 or later.
Price: £1.19||$1.99||€1.59
Vote: 5/5

Monochromia - Black & White Photography - youthhr

Rudegus July 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

Well said Pu. This is an outstanding app. My favorite BW conversion tool. And now even better with the ability to select colour channel.

Full marks indeed. It’s a great buy and a must have app for people who shoot a lot of BW

Pu July 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm


Driver December 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

I find it excellent as an application thank you for your review.

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