Friday, November 19, 2010

Major Upgrade

Colorjive just took a leap forward. We managed to add new features and make it simpler to use at the same time. This version has been thoroughly tested for the last few months and feedback shows that people love it. While Colorjive is constantly being tweaked and improved in small incremental steps, this is the first major upgrade.

Below is an overview of the most important new features and improvements:

Click and Paint

You can now click on any color swatch in your workspace and start painting right away. No need anymore to first drag the color to the toolbar.

Two shiny new tools: lasso and line.
The lasso not only draws straight lines, it also draws free shapes when you keep the mouse button pressed.

Minus Tools
The eraser tool has gone. Instead every single tool now has two versions: plus and minus. The plus tools are obviously to add, the minus tools to remove paint.

New Lighting Feature
By popular demand, we added this feature in order to change the appearence of a color in the photo. Because you change the lighting, not the paint, the settings will affect all colors that are applied onto that spot.

New Color Swatch
Color swatches have become much more powerful. When you click on a color swatch, two small new icons appear at the top: 'fan deck' and 'remove'. The fan deck icon allows you to change the color instantly. The other icon is to remove a color swatch. Sometimes a bucket will appear in the swatch, this is to indicate that this particular paint has been applied in the photo.

NCS Color Browser
NCS is the universal language of color. When you open the color browser, you will now find a powerful NCS color browser. Most paint brands can produce color according to NCS specifications. But the browser will also seek the closest available color in your favorite brand. Please let us know if there's any paint brand you'd like to see in here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Saving Lives with Purple

A UK research team has found that purple colored wind turbines kill a significantly smaller number of birds. That's because insects are not attracted to purple and therefor the birds don't come to chase the insects. Question remains: are we, humans, attracted to purple windmills?
Maybe not. But windmills don't need to be white either. The image shows a row of colored windmills by night in Holland. As an interesting aside: this color scheme was made with the aid of Colorjive technology.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ace's Helpful Hands

This is pretty Cool. Ace hardware stores are helping 50 schools in the US with a school makeover. If they need some help with the colors, they can still apply for our program as well.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dutch Colors

Interior designer Gilian Schrofer from Concern renovated disused worker's flats in Dortmund, Germany. The multicolored facade - which livens up a rather grey neighborhood - is created from a checkerboard collage of the 'Dutch colours' like Rietveld Red and Gispen Orange.
This is the Dutch contribution to the RUHR.2010 program which sees the Ruhr region in Germany as the European Capital of Culture.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Color & Form

For your information and entertainment, 27 short essays on color. Ranging from perception to art and from science to cars.
Download here.
Also, watch 'the making of the Color & Form cover' video, by David Benjamin Kopp, who has interesting things to say about color.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Soccer Orange

You may have noticed that the Soccer World Cup (or Football, as it is called outside the US) is currently going on in South-Africa. One of the participating countries is Holland. The Dutch national color is orange. The Dutch Royal family is called the 'House of Orange'. It is also the color of the national soccer team. The Dutch take their adoration of the Dutch soccer team, along with their use of orange, to the extreme. Here's what a street in a small town looks like during the weeks of the world cup.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fitzroy High School

I came across images of the new Fitzroy High School in Melbourne, Australia. It has a stunning facade of colors in a horizontal grid.The architects, McBride Charles Ryan, have been awarded the Grand Prix title at the 2010 Dulux Colour Awards for their design, with judges praising their use of colour to “enrich the learning environment”.
The project, which was the winner in the Commercial Interior category, was commended for its use of colour both as a way-finder and an aesthetic, with paint choices providing a connection between interior and exterior areas of the school.
Read more

Friday, May 21, 2010

Favela Painting

This is way cool. Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are two Duch guys who wound up painting favelas in Brazil. The picture is of their latest project, Anta Marta in Rio de Janeiro.
Go, Dre and Jeroen, Go!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Colors in Cultures

Have you ever wondered what the color red means in Africa? Or what white means to people in China? You can now find out by visiting 'Information Is Beautiful', which hosts a terrific overview of all the meanings of colors across different cultures.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pearly Colors

Close to my home, in Amsterdam, a new building has appeared recently which is covered with a new breed of pearly colored cladding. The colors change constantly, depending on the light. It may be that I'm a little over-sensitive to color, but it makes me slightly nauseated. It's a nice building, a school, but I just wish that the colors would stay put for a while.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Let's Colour

Have you seen the 'Let's Colour' project by Dulux? Check it out, it's awesome. The Dulux brand of paint has send out a team of colorists and painters to go paint places all over the world. By now they've been in the UK, France, Brazil and currently they're in India. They have hundreds of amazing pictures on Flickr. To give you an impression of the impact of the project, I've posted a small selection of pictures below.You can follow the project here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Do you prefer to drive a Bentley or a Bentley?

Which Bentley would you prefer to drive, This one:
Or this one:The first one was colored with the configurator on the Bentley website. The other one was colored with the same color on Colorjive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Here's a free inspirational ebook with pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and home office spaces visualized and designed by professionals. You can download it and share it as much as you like.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Get a School Makeover

Does your school need a makeover?

We can't send it to Paris or Hollywood, but we can help you make it look better without leaving home.
A fresh coat of paint can make students and teachers happier. When they feel better, they learn better. True, it won't solve a leaky roof or a busted boiler, but it will make your school a place you can be proud of. Much better than a school that looks like this or this.
Colorjive will let you give your school a fresh coat of paint without picking up a brush. We usually offer licenses for up to $75 a year. However, after we saw these pictures, we decided we wanted to do something about it:
So, we're offering licenses free to any school or college that wants to transform themselves with a fresh coat of paint. And, if you like, I'll help you pick out the colors. So, if your school needs a makeover, contact us at info at to help you on your way.

Igor Asselbergs ceo

P.S. Don't hesitate to take the lead. It's up to you!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Why Can't My Computer Recognize a Red Wall?

People often ask why the bucket still makes so many mistakes. Why won't we make software that is able to distinguish a wall or a door from the rest of the picture. Why not indeed?

The short answer: Because we have no clue how the human eye sees a wall or a door.

There's a lot we know about human perception. However, there's a lot more that we don't know about it. Perception is still largely unchartered scientific territory.

Let me explain this in more detail with an example. Here's a picture of a room with white and red walls. Common sense says it should be easy to distinguish a red wall from a white wall. After all, the walls are clearly visable in the picture.
To the computer, however, they are no more than a collection of colored pixels.
If so, why not take out the white pixels and the red pixels seperately?
Because the white wall isn't white and the red wall isn't red. And to complicate matters even more, there's a lot of red and white to be found outside the white and red walls. Here's a random collection of pixels from the white wall: As you can see, there are a lot of colors in the white wall, some of them even white.
But surely the red wall must be easier? After all, this is a bold color, which can clearly be distinghuished from the rest. Well, here are some of the pixels in the red wall: Do you see the bold red from the paint can that was applied onto that wall?
Me neither.
Interesting, isn't it? The pixels of the red wall don't even contain the shade of red it was painted with. That's because the color of the pixels result from the reflection of the light on the painted surface. Not only the paint determines the color, the light does so too. What we think of as red, is in fact not red at all. How on earth we are then able to recognize a red wall as a red wall is an enigma which still baffles the scientists. The truth is that scientists are now only investigating IF computers will ever be able to recognize a red wall. The HOW is probably something for our grandchildren to worry about. So don't expect a perfect bucket tool any time soon.

That said, there are ways to make things a bit easier for the computer as well as the user. The bucket is one of them.
Then how does the bucket work?
Contrary to popular belief (and contrary to Photoshop, for that matter) it does not search for similarly colored pixels. Instead it uses an advanced algorithm, involving statistics, to make a calculated guess as to which pixels belong to the red wall. It is so advanced that if you use the bucket on a textured surface such as a brick wall, you will find that it will interpret the brick as well as the mortar as one and the same surface. It can pull that trick utilizing some very cool technology that we developed in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam.
We have some more tricks up our sleeves. But we haven't come round yet to implementing it in Colorjive because it involves quite complicated math which would draw too much computing power off the computer.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dinosaur Colors

Until last week, paleontologists could offer no clear-cut evidence for the color of dinosaurs. Then researchers provided evidence that a dinosaur called Sinosauropteryx had a white-and-ginger striped tail. And now a team of paleontologists has published a full-body portrait of another dinosaur, in striking plumage.
Read about it in Wired Science.
If you like you can color your own dinosaurs on Colorjive.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wonderland of Art and Color

Some 50 international artists each transformed a room in the Hotel Beethoven in the German city of Bonn. The hotel is a relic from the 1960-ties which is about to be demolished. But before the hotel goes down, the artists have taken the chance to turn it into a wonderland of art and color. The exhibition will last till the end of februari, when the building will be torn down.
Here's the website. Scroll down for more images.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Projections on Buildings

These days it is possible to color buildings in a different way than only paint or material. Colors can be projected onto a building. This is not limited to still images. You can project anything you like onto a building. And that's exactly what's being done by the Dutch company NuFormer. Check out this spectacular video.

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

First Upgrade of the Year

As you may have noticed, we had our first upgrade this year. We added a button on our homepage which links to the 'Paint Your Room in One Minute' video on Youtube. We also made the Pro license available for everyone. Finally we placed some of the kind endorsements we received at the bottom of the home page.
I hope you like it. We're already planning the next upgrade.