I love color. From bright and splashy to soft and subtle; color rocks. For those of us who have been in the Mac graphic design arena for any length of time, well, we have our favorite colors and more than a few much beloved color apps. Others need not apply.
Some apps are so useful, beneficial, and necessary that they would need to be deleted from my cold dead mouse pointer finger long after I’ve moved on to the great design workspace in the sky. But every now and again there’s one that captures my heart.
Sip, No Gulp
My experience with Mac graphic designers is such that I don’t know a single one that uses only one color picker; Mac or Windows. True, there’s a color picker built-in to macOS High Sierra and it has been around awhile. Many Mac color pickers are free or available for less than a dollar. Most Mac color picker apps do much the same thing, too– they pick out the color of a pixel on the screen– so what would cause me to switch from one color picker to another?
Simplicity. Elegance. Price. That’s Sip, the Mac color picker which also works on iPhone and iPad.
Instead of grabbing a pixel’s color values, or sucking the color value from a pixel on the Mac’s screen, Sip simply sips the color out; delicately, quietly, competently, right from the Menubar.
Alright, I’m going over a bit on the hyperbole but Sip doesn’t try to do too much and does just enough, so let me run through the basic list.
Sip has keyboard shortcuts for Mac power users, handles multi-touch gestures for MacBook users, colors can be dragged and dropped into Mac apps, and there’s both a Photoshop and Illustrator extension available.
As to color types, choose from: CSS Hex, CSS3 HSL, CSS3 RGB, Calibrated NSColor for HSB, Calibrated NSColor for RGB, Device NSColor for CMYK, Device NSColor for HSB, Device NSColor for RGB, UIColor HSB, UIColorRGB, CGColor Generic RGB, and CGColor Generic CMYK.
As to preferences, there’s all you need and nothing you don’t.
Unlike most Mac color pickers, Sip has a little extra power built in to handle dozens of color formats, including Open GL, Android, CSS, NSColor for coders and many others.
Did I mention Sip Sync? Work with color on a Mac notebook or and when you get back to the Mac desktop, all the new colors are there. Sip is also available as one of the apps in Setapp.
I love this app.