Here’s a look at a free Mac color utility which does something unique, considering the lack of a price tag. If color is your game there are times when you need to create a color palette to match a particular photo or graphic image. How can you do that? It’s drag and drop simple.
Drag. Drop. Palette.
Extracting a color palette from a photo or image is child’s play with Color Palette From Image (I know; crazy name, right– somewhat descriptive, somewhat, well, just odd). Open the app on your Mac (let’s call it Color Palette). Grab a photo from the Finder and drag it onto Color Palette.
Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. A color palette appears. How easy is that?
As simple as it is to extract a color palette from image or photo, there are some useful tricks, too, including an easy slider bar to control the number of colors extracted, and a slider bar to control the Gamma in the image. Click Save to save the image and palette, or click Export to export the palette for use elsewhere.
There’s also an option to target just a specific area of the photo or image and pull a palette of colors from that rather than the entire image. Color Palette uses the standard quantization algorithm so the palettes extracted are consistent.
Color palettes can be exported as PDFs, to an HTML document, as an image file, or printed. There’s built-in support for .ase Adobe Swatch Exchange, and .aco files for Adobe Color Swatch.
It’s free. What’s not to like?