If you do any design work, you know how frustrating matching colours can be. Unless you have what I call perfect colour pitch, it’s frustrating. Well, I found an app that takes the guess work out of the job. Check out the criminally easy to use app, Camera Color Picker from Thomas Barthélémy. I’ve been playing around with it and having fun standing on the balcony, picking out colours from around the neighbourhood. Yes, it’s that good.
Camera Color Picker (CCP) is one of the most practical apps I’ve used and have already found it invaluable when trying to match colours I see “in the wild”. It’s free, open source and Android only. It will need access to your camera, but other than that, it doesn’t seem to ask for the usual litany of “can we access your address book, location, life, mating habits” etc before it works.
To capture a colour, tap the colour picker icon (lower right of the screen) and run your phone over the item. The circle changes colour as you move the phone around. If it’s too dark, turn the flashlight on to compensate (see the small lightning bolt top right corner). Once you have the colour, tap the circle to capture it. Want to save the colour? Hit the little save icon.
Here’s a sampling of how it works:
It’s remarkably accurate, even from a distance. The #5d739a blue was captured from an awning blocks away from where I was standing. The app did a pretty good job isolating the correct shade. Once you have the colours saved, you can create colour pallets or just save individual colours. To see the RGB, hex and HSV codes tap the colour and up comes the info.
As a bonus, you can share the colour values with someone via email. The program clips a small colour chip to the attachment and sends the three colour codes. This is great for collaborative projects.
The developer has a small video demonstrating the app’s functions. Follow this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.tvbarthel.apps.cameracolorpicker to download the app to your Android phone.