Just as mechanics and carpenters have many tools in their respective tool boxes, Mac designers, layout artists, graphic dudes, and color aficionados have twenty eleven color picker tools.
It’s as if we’re afraid that someone is going to change the world’s colors while we’re at lunch. I wish I could say I have a favorite Mac color picker. Favorite? Maybe five. Or more.
Picking Colors For Fun And Profit
Color picking and mixing and matching is an art. It’s hard work. It’s also made easier by umpteen dozen ways a Mac user can find, mix, match, create, and use color.
All those colors require tools to pick just the right color and combination.
Apple gives Mac users a built-in color picker. It’s called Digital Color Meter and it’s useless. Well, mostly. Hello! Apple! How about a little love for web hex values?
One of my favorite color apps is creatively titled Painter’s Picker. This one is an interactive color wheel that pops up whenever your Mac’s color picker is used.
As most color apps go, Painter’s Picker is pretty good. It lets you choose complementary colors, related colors, analogous colors, and gives you tools for choosing hue angle, brightness, even saturation.
Compare that with Apple’s Digital Color Meter and you’ll see why color lovers have plenty of color tools.
What’s handy about a color wheel app like Painter’s Picker (other than residing nearly everywhere color is on your Mac) is the quick access to color options.
You get the 12 traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and you may choose any one or any color between them. Then, blend the colors using the menu or slider.
I don’t have much of a color eye, so I like color tools which show me color clashes with a specific color.
Drag and drop colors into other apps. Save color schemes to be used later. Choose pixel perfect colors with the built-in magnifying glass.
Painter’s Picker also does analogous schemes (5), tetradic schemes (5) and complex complementary schemes (4). All these benefits are a click away.
If you don’t know what that’s all about, it’s OK. Painter’s Picker works in such a way that it’s easy to pick good color schemes even if you’re a color spastic.