how to quickly match a color from a website or other media for my document

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by djsound, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. djsound macrumors 6502a

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    So many times i have to match a color of a project to an existing site or logo or something on the web or pdf. is there a eyedropper tool that is universal or something? that i can quickly just pick a color from anything then use it in cs5?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Do you have DigitalColor Meter on your Mac?
    Maybe that can help you
     
  3. djsound, Nov 6, 2011
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    I do but...I didnt see the option..I'll try again thanks

    Thats handy but I still have to remember 3 numbers. I'd prefer a picker so it can just load a clicked hex value into clipboard and I can paste anywhere =)
     
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    I use Adobe CS and I would just drag or copy the graphic on to my desktop, then open/place in PS/AI/ID and make swatches with the eyedropper tool there.
     
  7. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    Art Director's Toolkit for Mac is an excellent app for web designers with a lot of nice tools. It's in the Mac app store.

    Also for either FF or Chrome you can use Eyedropper. Just search for it in in either the FF extensions site or Chrome's app store.
     
  8. simply amazing macrumors member

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    that's exactly what i do.. i honestly have no idea how else to match colors from a specific image
     
  9. djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I installed this even though it might not work with Lion...but how do I access it? Which is the mac osx color panel? thanks
     
  10. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    It works just fine in Lion everywhere i have tried it. To get to the mac osx color panel open any app that lets you change a color like font colors or background colors. Try it in TextEdit and under the Format menu select the submenu Font and choose Show Colors. If you have put "Hex Color Picker" in the right folder you will see a new tab in the Mac color picker.
     

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  11. djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    nothing that's universal though? with cs5 and whatever is on the screen? there should be something...

    cs5 doesn't use that palette. that's not what i meant though. I just want to be able to grab a color anywhere on my screen the same as a screen capture does but have the eyedropper load the clicked hex value into clipboard so I can just go to photoshop or whatever and input it =) instead of doing what the other mentioned which is to save the image and open it in CS5 then eyedrop it and get the color.....that takes a lot more time when you do it often.
     
  12. simply amazing macrumors member

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    i don't think i've ever heard of any app being able to do that and i've been doing graphic design for a while now. if you do happen to come across something like that though, please keep me updated. that would be pretty cool.

    but now that you mentioned that you have photoshop open already, there are some ways to cut corners. instead of having to take a screengrab, go to your desktop and open it in photoshop; just option click on the image, copy image, paste into photoshop, then get out the eydropper for a more direct, streamlined route. also beats having an extra *.png file of the screengrab sitting on your desktop
     
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    Look at my earlier reply. Art Directors Toolkit. I use it all the time.
     
  14. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    The Mac color picker is global, you can leave it on the desk top as long as you want, it's not tied to any app. Or you can run a simple AppleScript to make the Color Picker an app you can run right from your dock. Open up your Script Editor (Applications > Utilities > AppleScript Editor), and type in

    choose color

    Save it as an Application and place on the dock.
     
  15. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    surprised no one mentioned that the eyedropper in photoshop can work outside of photoshop!

    make sure you can see whatever it is that you want to measure/capture behind you PS doc and click the eyedropper INSIDE the PS doc and then drag onto whatever you want to measure/capture
     
  16. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

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    I use Hues, its $2.99 in the Mac App Store. Does just what you're asking for, has a magnifying eye dropper that you can just select any color on screen and can be set to automatically copy the value to the clipboard.
     
  17. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    You beat me to it, I was just going to suggest the same. ;)
     
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    I make a screen capture of the element I'm interested in.

    Press  + 4, then hold the control key while dragging across the section of screen you're interested in. Doing it that way puts the screen cap in the clipboard rather than cluttering up your desktop, so all you have to do next is paste it into your Photoshop file for sampling.
     
  19. djsound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks hue is dead on. colorsnapper is cool too =)
     

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