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Color Values: Convert RGB, CMYK, CMY, HSV, TColor and XYZ Values

Tutorial by Stefan Trost | 24/05/2013 at 01:06

Sometimes, it is necessary to converter a color value into another color value. For example a RGB value into a CMY value or a CMYK color value into a TColor value. Or vice versa.

In this tutorial, I want to show you how to do this with the free tool Pipette. The tool is running on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems and supports the color systems and forms of notation RGB (hexadecimal, percentage, decimal), CMYK, CMY, HSV, TColor as well as XYZ.

The Tool

After we have downloaded the application from the download page, we can immediately start the program, because an installation is not required. After starting, we will see the following window:

Pipette Screenshot

The screenshot is taken from a Linux system (Ubuntu), but the window of the Windows and the Mac OS X version has exactly the same layout.

Convert Color Values

In order to convert a color value into another color value, we simply enter the color value, we would like to converter, into the respective field. For example, if we would like to convert the hexadecimal RGB value #FF00FF into the corresponding HSV value, we simply enter the value "#FF00FF" into the field labeled "HEX".

As soon as we change the value of one of the fields, all of the other fields will be updated. So, we only need to read the value from "HSV" to know about the converted color value.

Clipboard

If you would like to copy a color value directly into your clipboard to use it in another program, you can simply click on the small button beside the value to save the value in the clipboard.

Furthermore, in the menu "Settings > Clipboard", you can adjust the format of how the values will be copied to the clipboard.

Change and Save Values

To make it easier for you, there are some ways of how you can change the values. For example, you can click into one of the fields and use the mouse wheel to adjust the values or you can use the up and down buttons beside the fields.

The current value is always displayed on the top left in the color field. Here, you can also use the button "Pipette" to catch a color from your screen or the button with the color circle next to it to select colors from the system color dialog.

By double clicking the color field, the current color will be copied to the color list on the right. This makes it possible to temporarily store some color values in order to retrieve them later. You can also use the functions from the menu "File" to save or load the complete color list to a file.

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