Free EyeDroppers / Color Pickers for Web Developers

By Posted 2006 Updated   Tips

I came across these cool little freeware eyedropper tools that helps to identify and use the beautiful colours that professional web designers put on their sites.

ColorPix is a simple color picker software that grabs the pixel under your mouse and displays the color codes in a number of different color formats beyond the usual HEX code.

A built-in magnifier helps to zoom in and click on a color value to copy it directly to the clipboard. Some nice features are to you can keep ColorPix on top of all other apps, there is no software to install and it is a stand alone tool, very useful for web developers and professional web designers. And it is free!

I have been using the ColorZilla firefox extension which assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks – both basic and advanced.

ColorZilla lets you get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes. But it requires Firefox!

Sitepoint recommends ColorPic by Iconico – which lets you grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities. Besides the common magnifier which becomes essential in high resolution monitors, it lets you Adjust Hue, Saturation, Value, Red, Green and Blue values and shows Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black percentages. And you can snap to the nearest WebSafe color! You need to join their mailing list before downloading and installing the software.

Which eyedropper / color picker tool do you use?


2 comments on “Free EyeDroppers / Color Pickers for Web Developers

  1. Moayad Mardini says:

    Thank you, that’s very great!, one year ago, I coded a free and open-source windows-application, this application tells you the color (which is the pointer on it) in many formats such as RGB and Hex. The main function which you must use to get the color of any pixel is “GetPixel” (“Gdi32.dll”).

  2. Micha? says:

    I prefer Pixie from Nattyware:
    http://www.nattyware.com/pixie.html

    It’s free, it’s fast, it’s light and easy.

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