Color Thief Turns Photos Into Filters

Yesterday, a new app came out that is so simple but so ingenious that I just have to tell you about it.

Color Thief photo seen full screen.

Color Thief for the iPhone (but, hopefully universal in the future) takes colors and tones from 1 photo and distributes them to other photos. It's like the Robin Hood of the photography world. It takes great colors from 1 photo and gives those colors to other photos in need :)

This has wonderful implications for doing collages and other types of artwork in which you want all the photos or a number of them to have the same particular coloring and tone.

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The top photo's color is sent to the bottom photo. (The bottom photo already had those spots of light.)

I love Color Thief because it doesn't try to do too much. It does this one thing, but it does it so well and so elegantly that I fell in love with it immediately.

In the photo above, the colors from the top photo are sent to the bottom photo. This process is extremely easy to reverse. Just click on the arrow button to turn the button in the opposite direction and send the color from the bottom photo to the top photo.

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Just slide each row from photo to photo on your camera roll.

To get photos into Color Thief, you use the magnifying glass button to bring in Camera Roll photos from your device and the camera button to take a new picture. Bring in a photo on the top and a photo on the bottom using either method. It doesn't have to be the same method for both photos either. Then, point the arrow button in the direction you want it to go in.

It's unbelievably easy to switch from photo to photo when you bring in a photo from an album on your device. You just slide the photos from left to right or right to left (like in the photo above) to get to the photos before and after that photo in a particular album. That means that you don't have to keep importing photos. Just import once and slide to find a better photo, if you need to.

I was really amazed and impressed with how well Color Thief picks up the entire color/tonal theme of a photo and uses it like a filter on another photo. It makes both photos harmonize and gives artists and collagers a common palette to work with when doing a larger project with a group of photos.

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Color Thief saves photos at original resolution.

Adding to Color Thief's ability to aid artists and collagers is the fact that it saves photos at their original resolution. If your photo is high resolution, it will be saved that way again after using this app.

You can see from the photo above that Color Thief makes it super easy to save, print, email, post to social networks, and send your photos to other apps.

Color Thief is a gem of an app that fills a gap in the App Store that no other app I know of fills. And, its vehicle for filling that gap is simple enough to easily use yet powerful enough to provide spectacular results. I can't recommend it enough!

That's it for me today. Until later, …