Image Color Management Tool – Match Image Colors

Have you ever tried to incorporate the colors of an image into your web site only to find they are not web safe colors?

If you don’t use web safe colors visitors may see an entirely different color on their computer screen than what appears on yours.

Colorcop as an Image Color Management Tool

This free tool allows you to match the colors of image you don’t have the code for. It’s a very handy tool for those folks that design web sites.

Here is a summary of Colorcops’ features:

1. Magnifier – The Magnifier control will allow the user to magnify any part of the screen. Once an area is magnified, the eyedropper can then be used to select colors. This will improve the ability to select colors from areas with lots of colors or from small icons.

2. Variable magnification levels – This feature allows the user to change the power of the magnifier.

3. 3 by 3 and 5 by 5 average sampling – Instead of sampling just one pixel, a 3 by 3 or 5 by 5 area of pixels will be averaged to get a color. This is important when sampling colors from photographs because you can get closer to the color the human eye sees.

4. Snap to WebSafe color – Some designers are forced to use the 216 color websafe palette. When this option is enabled, only websafe colors can be selected. If a color is selected and it is not websafe, it will be converted to the nearest websafe color.

5. Detect WebSafe color – With this option enabled, color cop will indicate if the color selected by the eyedropper is WebSafe or not.

6. Relative position measurements – If you press the Control key while eyedropping the coordinates will be set to zero (0,0). When you drag the mouse to a new location the coordinates values will be relative to the point where you pressed control. This is very useful if you want to measure how many pixels a certain object has.

7. Minimize to systray – This will give the user the option to minimize color cop to the system tray, rather than to the taskbar.

8. Multi-language hexadecimal color support – the selected color can be displayed in either HTML, Delphi, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, or Visual C++ format. It will also be sent to the clipboard if the option is enabled.

9. Upper and lower case hex – gives the user the option of having uppercase or lowercase hex output.

10. Omit the # or $ symbols from hex – users will have the option to leave out the # or $ marks in the hex output.

11. Use Cross Hair cursor – the standard windows cross hair cursor can be used in lieu of the eyedropper to select colors.

12. Persistent custom colors in the custom color dialog – The common windows custom color picker dialog has 16 custom color locations. Color cop will remember the custom colors from session to session.

13. Popup Menu configuration – When a user right clicks anywhere in the dialog, a popup menu will appear with options.

14. Hotkey support – For advanced users, there will be hotkeys as an alternative to the menu.

15.Collapse/Expand dialog – Since the magnifying glass won’t be used all the time, there will be a button to collpse and expand the dialog. This will prevent the application from taking up too much screen area.

16. Mouse wheel support – Users can alter the red, green, or blue decimal values by spinning the mouse wheel.

17. Allow Multiple Instances – This is an option which allows the user to restrict only one instance of color cop from running at once, or allow multiple copies to run.

18. Easy Move – Most applications can be moved around the screen by dragging on the title bar. This feature allows the user to click and drag the application by left clicking anywhere in the client area and dragging.

19. Color History – This feature remembers the last 7 colors selected by the eyedropper.

20. Complementary color palette – Color Cop uses the RGB color model to describe colors. This feature first converts the RGB color model into HSL. HSL is a color model that describes colors based on Hue, Saturation, and Lightness.

21. Window help file – If a user presses F1 a standard window help window will come up.

Image Color Management Tool Resources

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  1. I’ve been lookin’ for opinions on this for a long time.

    This place is pretty cool.

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