By night I dabble in all things Mac, iPhone, and iPad; something like a digital Supergirl or Batgirl, sans the leotards and cape (except for an occasional visit to San Diego for Comic-Con). One of the tools I’ve used for a few years is called ColorSnapper which does as the name suggests. It snaps color from the Mac’s screen, and it’s all the rage among super hero wannabes.
Snap, And Ye Shall Receive
Mac users have no shortage of color grabbing tools these days. Every decent Mac designer app comes with a built-in magnifying glass– a digital loupe– and an option to capture the color from any pixel on the screen. OS X even comes with one that’s built in. Check it out in Applications > Utilities > Digital Color Meter.
Alright, I know. Apple’s version of a color picker is somewhat lame and there are better alternatives, including ColorSnapper. Everything starts with the capture loupe.
A keyboard shortcut brings the loupe to the screen displays a magnified portion of the screen so you can choose any pixel on the screen to be captured and saved.
Captured pixel colors can be saved in a variety of formats. The latest version of ColorSnapper also has a Hi-Precision Mode which works on Retina displays, including the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5k.
As noted, ColorSnapper captures a pixel’s color in a variety of formats, perfect for designers, app developers, or neophytes; from sRGB and more. It even integrates with Photoshop and Illustrator (even though they have their own tools).
These capture values are as good as you can get.
Remember, ColorSnapper does not just capture color from a pixel. It’s easy to create favorites and track color history. Colors can also be integrated with Apple’s own Color Panel so they’re easily adjusted.
The app has two theme modes, too. Light and dark. Preferences are nominal but give developers and designers options for dropping color into their code.
Interestingly, ColorSnapper has something of a screenshot capture option built in. It’s in the magnifying glass. Press the P key to copy the zoomed screen image into the clipboard. This has been one of my favorite Mac color tools for a few years and it just gets better. It’s a Mac App Store app, priced about right considering the range of tools available, but there’s also a try-before-you-buy option.