Quickly find the colors that best match your design. Create and share harmonious color schemes in almost any Macintosh application. Have a color wheel handy whenever you need it.

12 color wheel

Painter’s Picker puts an interactive color wheel in almost every Mac OS X application. It adds the ability to choose related colors, such as complementary colors, analogous colors, etc. directly within the color picker. It also adds more precise controls for choosing saturation, hue angle, and brightness. Painter’s Picker is the simplest way to perform complex color selection in almost any Mac OS X application.

If you’ve ever mixed paint in school or looked at a color chart in an optometrist’s office, then you’re familiar with the kind of color wheel that Painter’s Picker gives you.

If you’ve stood in a paint store looking at swatches and wondered how to find 2, 3 or 4 colors that will look right together in your living room, then you’ll appreciate Painter’s Picker’s system for choosing color schemes.

If you’ve used other color wheel programs for Mac OS X, but disliked having to open another application and interrupt your workflow just to choose a color, then you’ll like how much easier Painter’s Picker is to use. It just appears right in your color picker.

color picker windowIf you’re a person who needs to work with color, and make sure that colors work together, whether for print or the web or computer graphics, then you’ll find Painter’s Picker to be simple, accessible and powerful.


  • use an artist’s color wheel in almost any Mac OS X application that uses color
  • quickly access the 12 traditional primary, secondary, and tertiary colors
  • easily choose any color in between these 12 colors
  • get to common tints and shades quickly, or choose any in between value
  • blend your colors to gray simply using a slider or a menu
  • get to the most common tones of a color with one click


  • quickly find and select any color’s complementary color
  • find out which 2 colors clash most with a given color
  • see at a glance the recommended relative proportions of a color within a scheme
  • find color relationships using more than 20 different kinds of color scheme:
  • 5 kinds of analogous scheme
  • 5 kinds of tetradic scheme
  • 2 kinds of triad
  • 4 complex complementary schemes
  • schemes to show colors that are warmer, cooler, lighter or darker than a given color
  • and more


  • use colors chosen with the other color pickers Mac OS X provides
  • choose a color then pass it on to any other color picker
  • save your color schemes as color lists for later use
  • use colors chosen with the color picker’s magnifying glass
  • drag & drop colors within Painter’s Picker or with other applications


  • fine tune your color selection using decimal precision
  • adjust your color selection using the scroll wheel
  • use mathematical expressions to calculate color values
  • even with radians…


  • quickly find out and copy the html hex code for your selected color
  • find the nearest web-safe color for a given color
  • switch easily between RGB, CMYK and Web Safe color spaces
  • work with CMYK colors using a RYB color wheel
  • use a RGB color wheel instead of RYB, if you feel the urge


Painter’s Picker requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and will appear in the color picker dialog of any application that uses Apple’s color picker. Here is a short, incomplete list of compatible applications.

Some applications, like Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Freehand, require some special steps to get them to work.

Other applications will unfortunately not work with Painter’s Picker.

Painter’s Picker is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4.


  • Changed the brightness & saturation menus to show more presets. Instead of just every 10%, they now show every 5%.
  • Improved the appearance and performance of the custom popup buttons.
  • Improved the responsiveness and display of the sliders when changing their values with the scroll wheel.
  • added access to the color info menu to the brightness presets control. right-click any of the four preesets ro get a color info menu for that color.
  • Improved the behavior of the hue angle slider and made it work better with One Finger Snap.
  • Improved the layout of the controls and renamed the Actions menu to the star menu.
  • Fixed a bug where the registration reminder dialog would sometimes not appear when chosen from the Actions menu.
  • Lots of under-the-hood redesign.

Version 2.0 added many new features, which you can see on the release notes page.


If you use Painter’s Picker regularly, then we ask you to please register it.

To remind you to register, Painter’s Picker will display a watermark around its color wheel. It will also on occasion display a registration dialog.

Of course, registered users of Painter’s Picker 1.0 need not buy a new license for version 2.0, just download Painter’s Picker 2.0 and install it.

A single user license costs $15.85 USD


To read the Painter’s Picker documentation, click the question mark button on the bottom right.

Painter’s Picker’s documentation is also available online.