ColorPic: Determine Any Colour on Your Screen

by Small Business Planned

Ever wanted to determine the exact colour of an item on your screen? I’m going to show you how you can do it in a sinch.

We ask a lot from our computers. We expect that our applications will seamlessly integrate with other applications, without any errors. Unfortunately often this is not the case. Formats get messed up, items get cropped and even colours get changed. This drives everyone insane.

ColorPic Helps You Determine Any Onscreen Colour

ColorPic Helps You Determine Any Onscreen Colour

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of branding and consistency. One key element of consistency is colour. Sure, you may have thoroughly documented your brand’s colours, but what if you’re stepping outside these colours and you’d like to match another colour your working with, perhaps from a photo or PDF?

By golly, this can be a hassle.

If you don’t have access to the source files, you’ll need a professional photo editing program to determine the colours used. And that will cost a bit of money. But never fear,  I’ve stumbled across a free program that lets you view the colour specifications of anything on your screen, giving you instant CMYK or HECS values. These values can then be matched in your work.

You Need ColorPic

ColorPic is a neat little (only 500kb) program that you can download for free and have sitting on your desktop. Whenever you wish to get the specifics of a colour, simply open the program and hover over the colour in question. You can even save the colour to a custom palette, allowing you to recall it later. Too simple. See the ColorPic quickstart guide for more details

My ColorPic Tutorial

To demonstrate how easy this program is to use, check out my video below:

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David Moloney
Small Business Planned

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13 thoughts on “ColorPic: Determine Any Colour on Your Screen

  1. Harry Lynn

    G’day David,
    Thankyou for this great info. I’ll be using it very soon. Not much of a colour fussy person, but my wife, who is, tells me there are dozens of variations of black, navy white etc. Most of the black grand pianos on my site just look black to me – at least I can tell they are gloss or matt finish.Thanks again for this info.

    I discovered a site yesterday which has the promise of being better than Ping.fm – it’s called Hellotext.com and supports 50 SM applications. I’d appreciate your opinion on it as I haven’t had a chance to check it properly yet.
    Cheers
    Harry
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  2. Tom McEwin

    Hi David – looks like this could be really useful. Not only for one’s own brand consistency, but also for finding what colours others are using in a site we happen to stumble across.

    Also, thanks for the logo design brief – I used it when instructing my designer for the logo for my new business. It definitely helped to make sure I was covering off what I needed to.
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