Pikka is a tool for designers and developers that allows you to create, organize, edit and pick colours from the screen.
To use the latest version of Pikka, you must be running macOS 11.0 or newer.
You can download Pikka from the macOS AppStore for free.
Pikka is a free to use color picker for macOS. Almost every core feature is free. For using some PRO features you will be asked to unlock PRO version via in-app purchase for 14.99$.
You can access Pikka from the Menu Bar. The Pikka icon open the menu bar interface. From there you can access all Pikka features like colour picker, library, history, etc.
The Picker is the tool to pick colors. To pick a color from the screen, choose "Pick a color" from the menu bar. When you pick a color, it will be automatically added to the "History" folder in your color library.
The picker’s zoom level can be customized as you need it. Change picker’s zoom level by pressing + / - keys on your keyboard.
You can pick multiple colors sequentially. To do that, press and hold Shift Key on your keyboard. When you are done picking, press the ESC key.
You can configure a shortcut to show color picker using in "Preferences"
The color library helps you to organize all your colors in palettes and makes them always available.
You can open color library by clicking on "Color library" item from Menu Bar or using the shortcut defined in app preferences.
Color library appears on the left side of your screen per default. You can adjust the side by going to preferences and selecting the screen side that matches your needs.
To sort your color palettes you can use drag & drop to put a palette to the preferred position.
Do delete a palette click on the trash icon on the right side.
Pikka can export color palettes to following formats:
To export a pallete use the share button on the right side of the palette name.
To copy a color value to clipboard simply click on the desired color in the palette.
By clicking on the palette name or "settings" icon on the right side of the palette you can open the detailed palette view.
Now you can adjust every color by clicking on it. To rename a color or a palette name just click on the name and change it.
Pikka makes it simple to create and edit colors.
You can access the editor view by clicking on a color in the palette list.
When color editor view is open you allow to edit the color in different ways:
- By changing RGB values
- By changing HSB values
- By changing HSL values
- By entering hex value
You can drag appropiate slider to change color values or enter the values directliy into the text fields beneath of sliders.
Color editor view automatically show color shades, mono, analogous, complementary and triad color schemes for the current color. Every scheme will be automatically adjusted by adjusting the color.
You can save any scheme by pressing the "…" button and chooising "Save palette to library".
Click on "+" button in the color library or use a shortcut to open palette generator view.
Use "magic pen" button to generate a new palette. You can lock any color by clicking on the "lock" button to avoid generating a new one.
To adjust the hue, saturation or brightnes of the whole palette use the "settings" button
You can also adjust every color manualy by clicking on the desired color.
Calculate the contrast ratio of text and background colors.
To use, click on the "contrast" button in the color library. Add the Text and Background Colors by entering the hexadecimal value or opening the Color Panel (clicking on the color on the left of each input form). If your color contrast is failing, you can fix it manually on the hue, saturation and brightness sliders or you can use the fix button at the right of each input form. Using this option, Pikka adjusts the color brightness and saturation until the contrast is enough to pass as AAA.
By default, Pikka has 28 of the most popular formats in the industry.To use them, select the Color Formats drop-down menu in the menu bar and select the format you need.
Currently, Pikka allows you to convert colors into these formats: