Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by AFPoster, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    So I am curious if I was looking at a logo is there a tool out there that I can use to click a color and it will tell me it's code (ie #02E003). I don't know if what I am saying makes sense, I am trying as best I can to say what I am thinking.

    Would photoshop be the tool to use, if so what would I click tool wise in its functions. Not a Adobe user thus the question.

    Thanks all.
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    OSX has this tool built in. It's DigitalColor Meter in the Utilites folder.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Yep, works great. Tip, if you want to copy the color (as the hex value), hit Command-Shift-C. Just tried it with the red in the MacRumors logo above, returned #AA1416. Very simple.

  4. AFPoster thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    This App is incredible!!!
  5. usclaneyj, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011

    usclaneyj macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Yes Digital Color Meter. Great little OSX utility.

    You can use the eyedropper tool in Photoshop to select any color on your monitor also. Generally to select a color with the eyedropper you must be in a Photoshop document and you just hover over the color, click down once, and voila. Color is selected.

    Now, in order to copy a color from outside Photoshop (let's assume you want to copy a color from a webpage you see in your Firefox browser), you start out the same way. Choose the eyedropper tool, click inside your photoshop document window but don't release the click. Now, with your click still held down, you can move your mouse over your entire screen and photoshop will select any color it sees. When you're hovering over the color you want, just release the button.

    I don't find the Photoshop Eyedropper trick to be as accurate as Digital Color Meter, but if you're already using Photoshop and you just need something really quick, it works well.

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