One item that comes up regularly is what color combinations to use on this project or that project. Designs go into my Mac and color combinations get tested with various materials, paint, and so on. Extracting colors is easy, matching colors is an art. Or, maybe science. I didn’t do so well at either.
We graphic designer wannabes of the Mac persuasion can choose from a few dozen color pickers, graphic apps with magnifying loupes, or use what Apple gave us. That’s right. OS X comes with a color picker and a color wheel. Inside the Applications > Utilities folder is the Mac’s built-in Digital Color Meter app complete with magnifying loupe.
Since such tools are so readily available and many are free, how about a clever utility that brings up the Mac’s built-in color wheel and comes with a handy option to translate colors– Hex/RGB/Float/HSL?
How the cleverly named ColorWell works is typical Mac. Click the Menubar to bring it onscreen or use a global hotkey combo.
Preferences for ColorWell are as simple as usage. Toggle Hex values to uppercase or lowercase, toggle the hashtag # for Hex values, display units for HSL values, set the global hotkey combo. There’s really no reason why Apple can’t do the same thing with the Color Wheel or add a translation option to Digital Color Meter but such is the price of free.
ColorWell has a nominal price tag and makes for a useful tool if you use graphic apps which don’t translate values you need. I just checked my Mac and have eight different color picker and color wheel tools available. This is the only one that integrates well with the Mac’s built-in color utility.
Just as Mac-based graphic designers can never have too many fonts, you can never have too many color tools.