There are the pixels within the graphic element, and the pixels between the graphic elements. How can you measure all those pixels on your Mac’s screen? For that you need a specific application, and there are not many around. Here’s one that’s free. For now.
There’s not much to Pixel Winch that you won’t like. It measures pixels. But rather than using complicated overlay tools on top of your screen’s pixels, the approach is different.
Pixel Winch gives you image editor tools combined with a modal interface to make it easier to view the area where the pixels need to be counted.
Simply select a section of your Mac’s screen. That gets loaded into Pixel Winch and automatically magnified and centered on the Mac’s screen.
After the section pops up in full view, all you need to do is use Pixel Winch’s toolset to take measurements, and that includes measuring between graphic elements, or measuring the elements themselves.
Pixel Winch also captures a history of what you’ve measured so you can go back without having to conduct the measuring again and again.
The Pixel Winch toolset makes it easy to capture a section of the screen to measure, then measure each element. For example, the Line tool and Rectangle tool draw shapes on the captured image and display measurements.
The Grapples tool draws a line from the screen pointer outward until an edge is detected, and gives a measurement. Like an image editor, other tools magnify the canvas, move the canvas around, copy parts of the image, and so on. There are horizontal and vertical rule guides, too.
If Pixel Winch is so cool, so fast, and so useful, why is it free? It is for now, while the app is under development. What Pixel Winch does is also done by a few other Mac apps, including a favorite, xScope. But Pixel Winch does mostly one thing– measures pixels– does what it does differently, often more intuitively and with more visual accuracy, therefore it’s worth a try.