The most important thing that you have to worry about as a web or graphics designer is that the colors match perfectly with each other. For example, the color of logo should match with the rest of the website and so on. For ensuring that we picked the right colors, we can use a color picker tool such as ColorBug.
ColorBug is a free Windows application that can be used to find the colors of any pixel that is visible on your screen. It is available in a portable format in addition to the regular installer format. In order to capture the color from any pixel, we have to launch ColorBug and click on the Camera icon. This will allow you to capture a portion of your screen. The captured region will be taken as the sample area in the ColorBug window. Now we can click anywhere in the sample area and ColorBug will show that pixel’s HSL and RGB color code.
In addition to HSL and RGB, we can also view the selected colors in various other formats such as HTML, HTML uppercase, HEX, HEX uppercase, Hex Alpha, Hex Alpha uppercase, RGB, RGB with comma, RGB with semi-colon, Delphi, C++, Visual Studio IDE, Inkspace and more.
ColorBug comes with some other interesting tools such as the Color Step Tool and the Gradient Tool. Using the Color Step Tool, we can find all the colors involved in slowly changing from one color to another in a specified number of steps. For example, you can choose two colors green and yellow and it will show you all the transition colors in a particular number of steps. We can choose the number of steps too.
The Gradient Tool is used to find the CSS code for a gradient. We have to choose a lighter color, a darker color and the original color. We can also choose the intensity of the gradient and then it will generate the CSS code of the gradient that we can simply copy and paste inside CSS or HTML files.
ColorBug is a useful companion for all the graphics designers, web developers and photography enthusiasts. It can really help you find the color values from any pixel on your screen. Furthermore, it can help you find the colors involves in building a gradient.
You can download ColorBug from https://www.martinstoeckli.ch/colorbug/colorbug.html.