July 8, 2013

Color Pickers and Analyzers: Color Cop, Colorfy It, ColorSnapper, ColorZilla and Pixie


color-picker-icon_finalYour electronic and print collateral will look ever so much more awesome if you can customize colors and fonts to make everything look uniform. A number of teeny tiny tools can help you identify the colors in an image or file with a couple of clicks.

These tools range from drag-over pixel identifiers that pop up the codes to sites that will analyze images or whole websites for all the colors.

My favorite has always been Pixie, a tiny little program that allows you to identify colors on the screen so you can create graphics and documents that match. You can keep it running all the time or simply call upon it when you need it. The default is that it sits on top of your other programs all the time. I found this annoying, so I turned it on and off. But it’ll show the codes for the color of a pixel so you can replicate a color scheme.

Color Cop is a reader favorite, drawing a couple of recommendations every time the subject comes up. I’m fond of ColorZilla for picking colors on the web, and I keep ColorSnapper on my Mac as a Pixie replacement. Every once in a while I throw a site into the Colorfy It analyzer to reveal the colors in a website.

ColorZilla made Beth’s Top Graphic Tools list!


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