Since going completely Microsoft free a few years ago, I’ve noticed that my collection of utilities has increased. It appears that I collect apps in a few different categories more now than in the past. I have dozens of photo apps. Plenty of web development apps. And more than my share of color management tools. These are the two I use the most.
Color choosers are as close to dime a dozen apps as you’ll find, but a good one will still have a price tag of at least a few dollars. ColorChooser is the one I prefer to use. It lives in the Menubar and makes it one-click easy to find and organize colors in the Mac’s color picker.
Colors can be selected from the OS X color pickers, or use the built-in Loupe which magnifies pixels on the screen for easy selection. There’s even keyboard shortcuts for Mac power users.
Color isn’t just picking and choosing, though. Quite often you’ll need a color palette to mix and match colors according to a specific scheme. For that, the only choice is ColorSchemer Studio. It’s intelligent enough to extract a color palette from an image or a photo.
Or, use the built-in colorwheel tools to create as many palettes as your projects need. ColorSchemer Studio lets you browse and download over a million pre-made color palettes.
The wheel makes it easy to mix colors and gradient blends, as well as visualize harmonies and color relationships. It features built-in layouts so you can preview color schemes on a website, blog, pattern or prints. And, yes, it imports and exports color palettes, too.
Mac users have plenty of color wheel options, but ColorSchemer Studio is one the pros use, and it’s fully worthy of all the five star reviews.