Color me a suck for Mac apps which are perfectly named. Like Color Picker. Color pickers for the Mac are a dime a dozen. No, seriously. Most are free, many cost a dollar or two, and only a precious few cost real money.
The problem with color pickers is that competition is stiff, not everyone needs one, every graphic designer has slightly different tastes in color pickers, so there’s not much money to be made, most of them do much the same thing– pick colors from the Mac’s screen– so why bother to create a color picker that’s free?
Same Old Colors
What makes Color Picker different? Not much. Even the price is matched by many color pickers, but what I find I like about Color Picker is convenience. And price. Color Picker lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s easily available from within any open Mac app.
As expected, it comes with a magnifying loupe so you can easily select the color from a specific pixel on the Mac’s screen. What it returns is the color value from the pixel, and it does so in multiple forms.
- RGB value
It also saves the recently copied colors so you can go back to a color without having to copy it again from the Mac’s screen. The magnifying loupe magnification can be adjusts, and it saves swatches for later use in the color library (easily dragged into view as needed).
There’s much to like in Color Picker. It does more than the average color picker, often more than the default color picker in some Mac graphic design and photo enhancement apps, but it’s also free, easily worthy of all the five star reviews.
The color swatch library makes using Color Picker a no brainer.