They range from color swatch apps, to color pickers, to full on color palettes, to color scheme blenders and more. My Mac’s Menubar has three different color pickers. The Mac comes with a color utility. Many are free or low cost. Here’s yet another one.
Mac Menubar Color Tool, Or Standalone?
Color tools are something of a collectible for me. While I use more than a few graphic apps in my daily work, a Mac user can never have too many color tools.
They may look the same but there are differences. ColorPaj has a simple color palette which lets you grab RGB, HEX, even CMYK values to drop into your graphic app.
Any two colors can be blended in ColorPaj so you can create your own custom color palettes or tweak an existing palette.
Controls are easy to manage, and you can browse ColorPaj’s built-in collection of 800 colors by name. But take a look at how ColorPaj compares to ColorSchemer Studio.
It comes with a toolbar, naming buttons, color blend sliders, a color wheel, and saved colors.
On the other hand, ColorSchemer Studio comes with a toolbar, a color history, a color wheel, blending color sliders, and a spectrum palette.
ColorPaj looks to be similar, visually and functionally, to the more expensive ColorSchemer Studio. Similar. But not the same.
ColorSchemer Studio can also pull color palettes from a photo or image, and take a single color and create a complete scheme.
You can mix more than two colors, and create gradient blends from one color to another. It also grabs colors from anywhere on your Mac’s screen.
The Preview function lets you view colors as if you were colorblind, and analyzes readability, accessibility, and contrast, and displays colors as they would appear on a website, printed material or in patterns.
In short, you get what you pay for. ColorPaj is nice, and priced right, but doesn’t have a number of the functions of the more professional, capable ColorSchemer Studio.
Which you choose will depend on your needs, experience, and budget. Or, take a look at 5 Easy Ways To Pick Colors From A Mac’s Screen. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.