There are countless times when I’ve wanted to find the hex code for a colour or a photo I’ve seen on the net and my only option has been to take a screenshot of the page, open it in Pixelmator and then use the eyedropper tool to grab the RGB value for it, then have another look around the net for a site to convert RGB to HEX. This of course can be very time consuming but up until this evening I didn’t know of a quicker and easier path.
Then my friend Tom put a shout out on Twitter for a Dropper style app that’ll help you find HTML color codes off websites, pics etc. Because I too was interested in such an app, I had a Google around the net but most of what turned up were for the Windows platform. A few friends of mine suggested the DigitalColor Meter which can be found in the Utilities folder on the Mac. A handy little tool which will grab the colour of anything on your screen, but this too grabs just the RGB value, albeit quicker than the screengrab/Pixelmator/eyedropper tool route I have been taking.
After another little Google search I came across a fine little application called Pipette. This does exactly what Tom (and I) were looking for.
Pipette is a handy utility for digital artists and web designers. It allows you to quickly and easily grab the colour of any pixel on the screen and copy it in hex format, as used in CSS files, or in paint programs, such as Adobe Photoshop.
To use the app, click and drag the eyedropper to the desired location on the screen and then release the mouse button. There and then you can see the HEX code in the little window as you move over the image as you can see in the picture above.
Pipette is available in three flavours: PPC only, Intel only or Universal Binary. Oh and the best part is it’s absolutely free.0