As a huge fan of Leopard Preview, I always try to do my image editing process with Preview. And I guess today is my lucky day, I discovered how to pick color from anywhere of your Mac screen with only Preview in hex format.
You could see the benefits here: Preview is fast, rarely crash and most importantly: it’s free.
Here is the step by step tutorial on how to set up the color picker:
- Open Preview without opening any images file. This way, only the menubar of Preview will be shown on your Mac
- While the menubar is showing Preview, hit keystrokes Shift Command C to reveal one of Preview tools: Show Colors
- Inside Colors Pane, choose Color Palettes which is the third pane from the list of tools
- There you will see the palette chooser. In order to display the hex format of the color, you need to choose palette named Web Safe Colors
- Now, you’ve done the setting
How to Use
Though the color picker setting is a bit complicated and troublesome, but when it comes to using it, it comes in really handy. Can you see the Magnifier icon next to that long, ugly color bar? Click on it, move it around to pick the color of pixel of the screen you want and here you go, the specified hex code of the picked color are shown plus the nearby colors.
I know you will love it. Mind leaving portion of your love in the comment box?