When customizing a WordPress theme, most of the design magic happens in the css stylesheet file. To change css colours you need to know a colour’s hex code. A colour picker program makes it easy to find.
If you are a Mac person you probably know and love Mac’s digital color meter, a utility for measuring and displaying the colour values of pixels displayed on the screen of a Macintosh computer.
If you are on Windows here is a great free colour picker tool that you can use. I’ve tested a few and Color Cop is the best I’ve found.
Five reasons to choose Color Cop:
- The user interface is very compact, it takes up very little screen space
- A color eye dropper tool is provided to drag and drop at any pixel of the screen, and RGB and Hex codes are presented instantly
- There is a built-in magnifier
- It has an active color palette. If you want to adjust a picked color, you can click the ‘custom’ button and call up Windows’ default color mixer.
- Right click on the interface a menu pops up with extra features including: web-safe color, display color reverses, random colors, conversion to gray-scale, additional hex codes, application options and settings, etc.
Once it’s downloaded (and unzipped if necessary) then right-click on ColorCop.exe, click ‘Send to desktop’ and drag the desktop icon into the bottom taskbar. Clicking on the icon will start Color Cop.
I love this little utility, and use it all the time.
[Cross posted on LearnWP WordPress Blog]