How to Pick Colors and their Codes Off your Computer Screen [Windows]

Colors is an excellent piece of freeware that is compatible with Windows. The application’s function is to help computer users pick colors off their computer screen, from any window. After the color has been picked and detected by the application, the user is shown various usable codes for the color which make it usable in any project.

To get started, you will need to download the setup archive of Colors. The archive is sized at nearly 0.6 MB and you need only extract and run the contained EXE file. Simply opening the executable will run the application as it does not require any installation. With the app running, you will see a window similar to the following screenshot.

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The left most pane lets you select a shade of the current color while the vertical slider in the middle lets you pick out a color. You can click on the ‘Pick from Dialog’ button to make a Microsoft-Paint-like color picker open up.

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In this window, you will find the traditional color picking options along with the option to manually enter values for color hue, saturation, light, red, blue, and green. Clicking on the ‘OK’ button will select the color in the app’s main window.

For any color you select, the app generates its corresponding color codes. The right most pane of the app’s main window is where you will find RGB, CMYK, HSV, and HLS values for the currently selected color. The HTML, HEX, and RGB codes for the color appear at the bottom. Any one of these values can be manually changed – the other values will change correspondingly and a color will be selected according to your entered values.

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Clicking on the ‘Pick from Screen’ button from the app’s main window will enable a color picker that you can place on top of anything on your screen. A magnifier window will appear next to the picker that shows the color as well as a magnified view of where your mouse pointer is. Color codes appear in this mini window as well. Clicking will select that particular color in the Colors window and display its codes.

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While Colors is free for personal use, you will need to get its Pro version to use it in your commercial projects. The Pro version hides the main window while you pick colors off your screen; it also automatically copies the selected HTML color onto the clipboard.

You can get Colors and begin using it from this link.



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