0 to 255, Near Perfect Color Picker

Shaun Chapman launched 0 to 255 today which is a near perfect color generator / picker.

0 to 255

Pick a color, see what it looks like just a bit lighter and darker, then quickly copy it to your clipboard.

Also, the error page is a treat:

Err, I think there’s been a misunderstanding. See, the website you’re trying to access runs on a computer and computers are inherently dumb creatures. The little guy tried to figure out what you meant by that request but ultimately failed. He says he’s sorry.

Check it out here, what do you think?

  • jimbob

    I can accomplish such a task more quickly, effectively (and more privately) using my seven year old copy Photoshop. What is the benefit of this application?

  • It takes Photoshop 20-40 seconds to open and it takes 0to255 around 2 seconds to load. How is Photoshop quicker?

    Regarding the “more effectively” claim; have you tried 0to255? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how effective it is. Photoshop uses HSV for its color picker, which makes it difficult to find a lighter color with the same hue and saturation (more on this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSL_and_HSV). 0to255 converts an RGB color to HSL, adjusts the lightness (L) using an increment I've optimized for web design (not too little and not too much), and converts back to RGB.

    The point of 0to255 is it prevents a lot of guesswork and is immediately useful. It makes an unpleasant task pleasant and quick.

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