Every self respecting and respected Mac graphics designer has one thing in common. Multiple tools. Including color pickers. Even the lest respected graphic designer wannabes keep multiple color pickers, including yours truly.
Among my favorites is Sip, a free Menubar color picker for the Mac with a few Think Different™ options you’ll find useful, including an in-app purchase option for more functionality, taking Sip just over the threshold of color picker to color tool.
Obviously, right up front Sip works from the Menubar so it’s available from within any Mac app, and features an attractive magnifying loupe to grab a color from anywhere on the Mac’s screen.
Sip can be setup to grab color in pretty much every format that anyone graphically important uses. 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.
CSS folk will appreciate the option to toggle to caps or no caps for CSS color formatting. And you get the option to capture a history of color grabs and keep them stored for future use.
Sip Pro comes with just the right balance of additional functions to be worthy of the upgrade. For example, it lets you name colors, keep a color history, manage color palettes, pick multiple colors then save as a palette, edit colors (think shading), and customize the output of the colors you select (Geek Alert!).
Yes, for the die-hard color aficionados there’s a free Sip version for the iPhone so you can play with color palettes and combos while you’re away from your Mac. It even grabs colors from photos in iPhone’s Photos, shares colors, and then syncs up with the Mac.
There isn’t much exciting in the world of color tools these days since color doesn’t change all that much, but the tools do, and Sip comes highly recommended.