I love using the Color Picker tool within IE8’s Developer Tools (which replaced the need for my old pal the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar) to grab color hex codes from Web content. (To use it, choose Tools / Show Color Picker.) However, I recently had some PDFs where I wanted to do the same thing. I know that you don’t necessarily get full pixel fidelity in a PDF, but if that’s what you have to start with, then it’s what you go with.
ColorPic is nice for several reasons:
- It lets you build up and save a palette of colors, not just one at a time
- It gives you Hex, Rainbow, Hue, and Sliders methods which you can use to devise colors of your own to add to your palette
- You can use the above capabilities to "translate" your color codes into other formats
- It has a built in magnifier which lets you grab a specific pixel, not just a general area