A color picker is a tool that you can use to find the exact color that’s used in an image. The colors you see on your desktop or on a website all have a particular number that you can use to reference them. Of course, no one can actually remember the color code for a color except for maybe white which is FFFFFF or black which is 000000. If you like the color in an image and want to use it as an accent color, or use it for graphs you’re creating in Microsoft Word, you need to find the exact code for it. There are a lot of free apps that let you pick a color from an image but Windows 10 comes with one out of the box that can pick colors.
Paint has a color picker tool. You might not use the app for much but it’s still a very capable one and it’s already installed on your system making it the perfect solution for when you’re in a pinch.
Pick A Color From An Image
Open the image in Paint. Look for the little eye dropper tool on the Home tab on the ribbon. It’s next to the eraser tool. Select it and click the part of the image you want to pick the color for. The color will be selected for the Color 1 swatch.
Once the color has been picked, you need to find its code. Click the Edit Colors button next to the Edit with Paint 3D button. This will open the Edit Colors window with the color in Color 1 already selected.
Be careful you do not accidentally change the color on this window. Take note of the values in the Red, Green, and Blue fields. These three values give you the RGB value of the color.
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Color codes are either in HEX values or RGB values. You can convert one to the other. If you intend to enter the color in a different app, check if it takes HEX values or RGB values.
You can use Google to convert codes from RGB to HEX. Simply enter RGB to HEX in Google search and a little app will open on the Google search results page. Edit the RGB values to match the ones from the Paint app and the HEX value will update in real time.
You can then copy the HEX value and paste it in an app, or share it with someone. There are a lot of apps that can convert between RGB and HEX values and no app is better than the other at converting it.