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A Handy List of Free Color Picker Software


You are a web designer, student, graphic editor, programmer or, for some reason, you just want to know about colors and their codes with different perspectives, here is a big handy list of free color picking software. You just have to decide which one is good for your purpose.The idea to create such list came in my mind because of my own problem. Recently, I changed my template to get more professional look. I needed a color picker tool to get perfect color combination. I searched web and found many tools. I selected few and made a list for us to make it easy to compare and decide which one is needed. There are some sites which provide color combination system but picking color from computer screen feels impossible without a tool present in computer. So, here is a Handy List of Free Color Pickers. Click on the name of tool to go to its website for further info.
Reohix Peacock Color Picker 2.0.0:
This tool is basically designed for professionals. It has a very simple and accessible layout. I feel it very comfi during my work. You can select among 16,581,375 colors available on your computer screen. Image Capture Zooming Factor feature can zoom upto 450% makes accurate color selection. It can supports the following color values:

  • HTML Format Color Values (#0D8DEA)
  • Borland Delphi Color Values ($00EA8D0D)
  • Java Color Values (0xD0D8AE)
  • Microsoft C++ Color Values (0x00EA8D0D)
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Color Values (&HEA8D0D&)
  • Microsoft Expression Web Color Values (Hex={D,8D,EA})
  • Long Format Color Values (15371533)
  • HSL Format Color Values (136-214-116)
  • CMYK Format Color Value (221-93-0-21)
  • RGB Format Color Values (13-141-234)
  • HEX Format Color Values (D,8D,EA)
  • Adobe Photoshop Color Values (D0D8AE)
  • Adobe Fireworks Color Values (#0D8DEA)
  • Exports Color To JPG (For use with any built-in color pickers)

Visual Color Picker 2.6:
Visual Color Picker is very easy to use and powerful RGB-HSV-HSL-CMYK-HEX color selector. The program allows you to easily capture color value from any position of the screen even if program does not have input focus. The program has small screen capture preview area. By clicking associated button, you will get the associated RGB value in the dialog. The RGB color is automatically translated to RGB, HSV, CMYK and HTML HEX values. The program has standard and custom color tables. Text-background preview allows you to see how two colors will look next to each. Visual Color Picker operates under Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me/ NT4.0/2000/XP/2003. Visual Color Picker has settings. You can specify custom formatting and assign hot key for it.

* Supported color models: RGB, HSV(HSL), CMYK, HEX(HTML).
* Basic and custom color tables.
* Instant RGB-HSV-CMYK-HEX color conversion.
* Screen area color capture.
* Textual color formatting: unlimited text representation of color (VC++,VB,Delphi,etc).
* Several color preview samples: gradient, text.

Just Color Picker:
Graphic designers tend to look at things differently. They see the arrangement and colour scheme of things that mere mortals would just take for granted. Anything can be art, and it takes a discerning eye to really see it sometimes. While taking part in normal computer functions, some designers may see colours that they’d like to use in their own projects. Identifying the type of colour can be very difficult, but with Just Color Picker, you can get the exact colour value of any pixel.

* Five formats of colour value: HTML, RGB, HEX, HSB/HSV, and HSL.
* 3x, 9x and 15x zoom of any screen area.
* Picked colours history. History saving function for future use of the picked colours. Removal of colours from the history.
* RGB and RYB colour wheels to display triads and complementary colours.
* Two harmonious colour finders. With this feature you can easily pick harmonious colours, for example, for your web site. Just choose your favourite colour and the colour picker will find the best colours harmoniously matched with yours.
* RGB & HSV colour mixers to edit a picked colour.
* Gradient between two latest-picked colours to allow you to pick a colour from a wide range between the chosen colours.
* Optional stay-on-top.
* User-defined hotkey to capture colour info (Alt+X by default).
* Copying the colour value or its selected part to the clipboard just by button click.
* No installation required. Just Color Picker is a portable application and can be run directly from a USB stick.
* Multilingual interface Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Ever tried using a color picker on a high resolution monitor? It’s impossible. That’s why this color picker has a magnifier attached. Grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.

* Easily pick any color from the screen
* Totally 100% Free!
* No popup adverts or spyware, it really is free
* Colors shown in hex and decimal
* Adjust Hue, Saturation, Value, Red, Green and Blue values
* Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black percentages shown
* Easy to use with any other program
* Resizable magnification area
* Overlay a grid for quick colorpicker alignment
* Use arrow keys to nudge mouse pointer
* Save multiple palettes of colors automatically
* WebSafe Colors and names displayed
* Snap to nearest WebSafe color
* Point sample, 3×3 or 5×5 pixel color sampling
* Adjust color with four advanced color mixers
* Edit colorpicker values after selection easily
* Easy to use collapsible sections
* Works with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Photoshop and any other application

Absolute Color Picker 3.0:
Absolute Color Picker is an enhanced and improved color selection dialog which can be used by designers for selecting any true colors using different color models. Apart of conventional, built-in color picker dialog (MFC CColorDialog, TColorDialog and the like) features, Absolute Color Picker offers a number of unique extensions, such as:

* extended color models (HSB Brightness, HSB Radial, HSB Hue, RGB 3D Sphere, HSB Hue2, HSB Pens, HSB Hexagons and HSB Palettes): Unique color selection dialogs models provide versatile color scheme and algorithms for selecting necessary color hue, brightness and transparency values.
* different color system (HSB – Hue/Saturation/Brightness and RGB- Red/Green/Blue): Color constituents values are represented in hexadecimal format for both RGB and HSB systems. Absolute Color Picker provides facilities to adjust color by entering desired color constituents values in appropriate boxes or modify values by moving slider.
* ready made color presets: Web Safe colors, Windows/Mac, System color palettes etc. save a grate amount of time for selection appropriate color which is present in your system.
* access to color history list: History list displays up to 12 colors previously selected by user.
* on-screen eye-dropper: Eye-dropper features the most convenient tool for selecting color located anywhere at your desktop.

Color Picker:
This small utility is great for choosing a color. The user interface is simple. Pick your Red, Green and Blue values to compose your color, either with a slider or the spin buttons, or typing in the number. You can also pick a color from anywhere on the screen with the picker. There are over 140 precomposed colors you can choose from as a starting point. Below is a sample of some of the named colors you can pick from the catalog. ColorPicker will copy and paste in text format, using the clipboard. Supports HTML, C++, Java/AWT, Java/Swing, VB and .Net formats. Also supports the bitmap format. Color Picker has several ‘Placeholder’ colors. You can also retrieve colors from the clipboard. If you want to compare a number of different colors, you can run any number of instances of the Color Picker. There is no Setup program, just a standalone executable. If you want to clear up settings, choose “Options…” from the system menu and click the “Clear Registry” button.
This handy color-picker tool helps you to know the exact value of any color on your desktop. The color value is diplayed in 4 main forms: RGB, HEX, HTML and WinAPI constant, and you are able to copy one or all of them to clipboard.

  • Ability to retrieve the color of any pixel on your desktop.
  • Ability to represent the color in most useful forms: HEX, RGB, HTML and WinAPI constant.
  • Ability to copy the color value to clipboard.
  • Ability to show the current mouse coordinates.

RGBLab 2005:
RGBLab is a unique product and satisfies a simple and basic need. Not only will this freeware program let you pick and mix RGB colours, but it will also let you save RGB colour palettes as text files. As a web designer or developer, you will often find yourself looking for specific RGB colour codes, so you need an easy way to store them. The palettes in the photo editors are not practical for people who just need a simple way to keep track of RGB colour codes. There are some good colour pickers around, but most of them will only let you identify one RGB colour code at a time by pointing at a colour on the screen. A few of these programs will also let you save certain colour settings in some binary file format. In RGBLab, you can save all the RGB colour codes for six different colours in twelve different formats, including a custom format composed by yourself, and you can save all this information in the form of a single text file. Such a text file can later be opened in RGBLab as well as in any text editor. You will have all the different colour codes for HTML, Visual Basic, Access, C++, Delphi, .NET, and Java in one place. NEVER LOOK FOR THAT RGB COLOUR CODE AGAIN!
HTML Color Picker:
Quick HTML Color Picker is a free Windows color picker tool. With Quick HTML Color Picker, you can easily pick any color from the screen. You can preview the color, use mouse or keyboard to select the color you wanted, and get the color in RGB and HTML format. You can cancel a capture by “Esc” key or right-clicking. Supports saving html color value to clipboard automatically.
HTMLcolor lets you configure your own colors (RGB input) and paste the results (HTML code) in your web document. Previews fore, back and links-colors. Option to load image files. HTMLcolor even creates web-pages for you.
* Easy configuration for colors with the RGB-sliders and input-boxes
* Allows you to copy and paste the converted color values into your web document
* Allows you to copy and paste the full Body Tag to your web document
* Can manipulate text, background and links colors and load images
* Creation of a template HTML-document with the specifications of your choice
* Runs on Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista


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