Bambi is my name. Color is my game. Tracking, capturing, grabbing, and using color on my Mac screen requires a dozen Mac apps.
Maybe not all at once, but that’s about how many apps I have that capture or grab the color in screen pixels to drop into graphics or code or simply to share with lonely friends. Here’s a few decent, inexpensive tools to grab colors quickly, easily.
Color Is My Game
Within the half dozen Mac graphic apps I use daily (Photoshop to GraphicConverter to Color Schemer) there is one common function. Grabbing color at the pixel level.
If there’s one function that’s accomplished a dozen ways, it’s pixel grabbing.
One of my non-major graphic app favs is xScope, which has a built-in color loupe that’s to die for and works well outside or inside all my basic graphic apps.
At the inexpensive end of the money spectrum is ColorSnapper, a Mac Menubar app that grabs the color from any pixel on your screen.
This one is pretty good, as one-trick pony apps go, except it has a few extra tricks. It grabs a dozen different color formats with a click. That puts the color value on the app clipboard.
Now you’re just a right-click and a paste away from dropping the color value into your code or Mac graphic app of choice.
ColorSnapper also features a hotkey combination which you can customize. The loupe lens has adjustable magnification, and the clipboard has both a primary and alternative storage, handy from switching back and forth.
The Menubar displays the selected color (visual confirmation is good), and there’s a history of recently picked colors. Not bad for less than the price of a trip to Starbucks.
At the mid-range is a new one to my stable of color tools (don’t ask me how many, and I won’t count them). Pochade works in a similar manner to grab color values but tosses in the ever important color wheel (save collections of colors, too).
However, my favorite and most used graphic tool of choice costs the most, but delivers the most. xScope is the graphic designer’s cat’s meow app. Sure, there’s a magnification loupe that captures the color value of any pixel on your Mac’s screen, but there’s eight other tools, too. xScope has a built-in, floating-on-screen ruler, a pixel distance measurement tool, screen guides, and much more. In this case, more is, well, more.
Both Pochade and xScope can be downloaded and given a trial spin. ColorSnapper is available only on the Mac App Store, no trial allowed.