Something I use every day —
On an average day I’ll need to insert a specific color’s HEX value into a field roughly ten thousand times. This type of work is tedious and prone to error, and I have spent a lot of time trying to find a better solution than hunting down the value in CSS, or clicking around on Photoshop. While Sass variables work great for CSS, they’re not always available because of the way I work and the specific way I setup websites, let alone in Photshop or Illustrator.
Frank DeLoupe is, by far, the best tool I have found for working with color values. It never gives the wrong value (as many apps I have tried are prone to do), it is easily invoked anywhere with a keyboard shortcut, and it stores the last five values, readily accessible from its menubar icon. It even includes a color wheel for adjusting the selected color, which is immensely helpful for tertiary color schemes.
One of the most useful features of Frank DeLoupe is that it plugs right into Photoshop, allowing it to set the selected color as the foreground color in Photoshop. Using a specific color from a website in a new graphic couldn’t be easier.
This post is the first in a series where I discuss a few of the tools I couldn't work without.