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Color Theory Updated to 1.5

Price lowered as Digital Anarchy takes over distribution By Dave Nagel
Color Theory has been updated to version 1.5 for both the standard and professional editions. In addition, Color Theory has been taken over by software publisher Digital Anarchy, which will now publish and distribute the programs. Digital Anarchy has lowered the price of both versions and is also offering a limited-time discount in addition to the overall price drops.

Color Theory is a Macintosh-only tool for generating harmonious color combinations based on the work of Bauhaus professor Johannes Itten. The software is made up of several components. The core application is a tool for generating harmonious color schemes based on user-selectable color input or color input from an image or video source. Color schemes are created using an RYB color wheel and include presets ranging from monochromatic to six-color chords.

Color Theory also includes a Photoshop plugin, which behaves like the core application, but operates within the Photoshop environment. And it includes After Effects plugins, including CT ColorCorrect, CT ColorSwatch and Gradient! (Gradient! is a 16-bit color gradient tool for After Effects that was previously available from Digital Anarchy.)

In its latest 1.5 incarnation, Color Theory is available in two versions: standard and professional. The standard version includes only a stripped-down version of the core application. It does not include the plugins or the ability to load images. It sells for $29.95 and is available for a limited time for $24.95.

Color Theory Pro 1.5 includes the core application and plugins and allows for image loading. The plugins work with After Effects and Photoshop, as well as compatible hosts, such as Discreet Combustion, Pinnacle Commotion and Apple Final Cut Pro. Version 1.5 also gains additional features, such as alpha channel support with image loading; QuickTime video output support for PAL and NTSC previews; and a paint bucket tool for filling loaded images.

Color Theory Pro is available for a limited time for $99. After the introductory period (which ends July 31), the price will go to $129. Owners of previous versions of Color Theory or Color Theory DV can upgrade to Color Theory Pro 1.5 free of charge. Previous owners of Color Theory DV can receive the Gradient! filter free of charge as well. The software supports Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X only. Demo versions are also available. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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