If it’s not Photoshop or Illustrator or one of their wannabe counterparts, it’s color pickers. My Mac has an even 10 color pickers and each one does something a little different or better than the others. If you have a buck to spare, here’s a color picker to love.
Pick This Color Picker
My latest color picking friend is Frank DeLoupe. Color pickers are a dime a dozen, but this one is worth about 10 of the others at a dime apiece.
For me, Frank DeLoupe’s claim to fame is the integration within Photoshop. Sure, any color picker can pick out a pixel from anywhere on the Mac’s screen.
Frank DeLoupe works using Photoshop’s Remote Connections feature (only in Photoshop CS5 and later).
Otherwise, the app works more like a premium color picker than the run-of-the-mill freebie versions.
Preferences give you plenty of options over which type of color mode to use, and even an option to copy to the Mac’s Clipboard or not.
One thing that separates Frank DeLoupe from others is the attention to detail. Yes, it works on Macs with a Retina display and grabs all pixels.
The loupe also magnifies pixels up to eight times so you can get the crosshairs right on top of any pixel.
Set your own keyboard shortcuts to bring Frank DeLoupe to the front and capture a pixel without moving your hand away from the keyboard.
Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, Frank DeLoupe moves around the screen with ease and you can grab pixel colors with a tap to the spacebar.
Colors can be captured as CSS (HEX, #HEX, HSL, RGB), or NSColor, or UIColor, or CGColor and GLColor.
There’s also an option to click to grab the foreground color, or an alternate click to pick the background color. And, you can resize the eyedropper from petite to fattest ever.
The only real issue I’ve had is that my Mac’s Menubar is already cluttered with a few dozen apps and utilities and that’s where Frank DeLoupe lives. But you can’t argue with the bang for the buck. It’s a buck.