Picker Tool

Overview

Pick any pixel on the screen and get the color in RGB, HEX, HSL and HSV. Inspired by Windows Snipping Tool.

Motivation

I often need or wish to use a color I see on my screen. Previously I would follow these steps: Make a screenshot of the area with the Windows Snipping Tool, open Microsoft Paint, paste in Paint, use the color selector tool to get the color of the pixel, open the color dialog, type the R number into the Windows Calculator, convert to HEX, write in notepad, type the G number into the calculator, convert to HEX, write in notepad, type B number into the calculator, convert to HEX and finally write that in notepad too.

Instead I just made the Picker Tool, same user interface, workflow and shortcut keys as the Windows Snipping Tool, to get my pixel color in seconds.

Henry de Jongh

Configuration

The clock icon with text “Delay” allows you to pick a delay until the Picking Tool becomes active (in seconds). This is useful if you need to prepare an action like hovering your mouse onto a button in a program before the Picking Tool starts.

Usage

Ensure you see the program you wish to read a pixel from on your screen and press the “Pick” button. Your screen will freeze and turn whitish. Now you can select the pixel you want by hovering your mouse over it and simply clicking once.

For similar instructions please search for information on the Windows Snipping Tool as the user interface, workflow and keyboard shortcuts were inspired by it.

Version 1.4

  • Fixed error message after minimizing and restoring.
  • Added RGB output as floats in range 0.0 – 1.0.
  • Trimmed all floating point values for cleaner output.

Version 1.3

  • Added a zoomed-in pixel grid under the mouse cursor to improve the color picking experience and accuracy.

Version 1.2

  • Fixed wrong button type for the pick tool item.
  • Fixed missing keyboard shortcut CTRL+N.

Version 1.0

  • Initial release, finished this tool in one day.

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