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Chapter 19. Managing Hardware > Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color...

Measuring Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter

Have you ever wondered what the exact color value of an item on your monitor would be if measured using RGB (red, green, and blue) values? Or how about the hexadecimal value of a color (useful if you design Web pages)? Color is an important part of any designer's life, and the Digital Color meter lets you accurately sample colors from your monitor. Since the cursor determines the sampled color, you'll need to learn a few shortcut keys to lock, print, and save the color information.

Measure Display Colors with the Digital Color Meter

Open the Applications folder, double-click the Utilities folder, and then double-click the Digital Color Meter icon.

Click the Color pop-up, and then select a color space to measure.

Drag the Aperture Size slider left or right, to decrease or increase the area used for the taking of a screen shot.

Move the mouse over the monitor to measure the color directly underneath the cursor.

To hold a color into the color swatch box, press Shift+H.

To lock the screen shot of the current image, press L.

Click the Image menu, and then click Save As TIFF to save the current locked screen shot as a TIFF image.

Click the Color menu, and then click Copy Color As Text or Copy Color As Image to save the held color in clipboard memory. The color can then be copied into another program.


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