As Mac360’s resident color coordinator, I’m called upon to look at any Mac app that has anything to do with color.
What I’m not allowed to do is change the Mac360 web site color scheme. And all because of one incident with a monkey and some shaving cream. A single mistake and you’re branded for life. Regardless, need a pixel color grabbed? Get it done on the cheap.
Grab Pixels For Fun And Profit
Pixel grabbing is fun and good for you. Most Mac graphic applications come with a color picker of one kind or another. Most will magnify an area on the screen so you can see a single screen pixel.
The pixel’s color can be copied and pasted wherever needed.
Maybe you need the color for HTML or CSS. Maybe as the background, foreground, or stroke in an image.
Or, maybe you just need to sample a color, park it into your favorite color wheel app for a graphic project you’re working. Whatever it is, grabbing color from a pixel is a fun exercise.
That’s what Colors does. It says you get a color in three easy steps. I counted. It’s not three. But it’s close enough.
First, you click to open the magnifying loupe. Then move it around on the screen in search of the pixel whose color you need to copy.
Colors grabs the color of the chosen pixel in a number of color formats. Upper and lower case values for CSS, RGB for CSS 3, and RGB for Mac and iOS developers.
Click the color you want to use and then paste it into wherever it needs to go; an editor, a graphic color palette, a color wheel, whatever.
Options are minimal. As you move the magnifying loupe over the pixel, click and the color is captured, and the pop up menu is displayed.
Colors is one of a dozen Mac utilities that help out with color capture. Graphic developers and artists must have a dozen or so different apps that do a little of everything. This is another one, but it’s simple and inexpensive, but comes Mac App Store only so there’s no try-before-you-buy option.