180,000 downloads later, Pastel is back and better than ever, with a ground-up revamp designed for Mac. Every little corner has been given a once-over for version 2.0.

Capture and collect color palettes with Pastel!

Pastel is an app for amateur developers & artists (like us!) that lets you build up a library of color palettes to use in your projects.

With drag & drop, drag colors out into other apps like Pages and Keynote, or many third-party apps from your favorite developers, so you can use your Pastel library as your master color collection across apps.

Seamlessly sync your library across devices with iCloud.

Analyze photos to determine their dominant colors — choosing specific colors manually if you wish — and save their color palettes to Pastel.

Includes a variety of color pickers, like wheel, RGB sliders, and crayons, or pick named colors from your color library that you curate yourself. Drag and drop from the sidebar to any palette.

Copy a variety of developer-focused code representations, like RGB, hex, Objective-C, Swift and SwiftUI. Paste hex codes into the sliders color picker.

From the menu bar, bring up the color picker from wherever you are and sample colors from the screen.

Copy a pixel bitmap representation of a palette to paste into your favorite pixel editor, or export as an image.

In the free version, try out the built-in library, and add your own palettes up to a limit of 20 items total. Upgrade to the unlimited version using a straightforward, once-off in-app purchase.

What’s New

Version 2.0.4

• Fixes a hang when tabbing from the toolbar search field
• Fixes a potential crash when waiting on library download via iCloud on an older version of macOS
• Works around a potential crash in the system color space APIs
• Extra debugging & recovery facilities for significant/unintended library changes and backup mechanics pending still-to-come UI

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
378 Ratings

378 Ratings

Fard2500 ,

Love this app!!

Shooting a documentary and this app has been essential to me developing my lookbook. If you have control over the look of your project then its essential to have help developing the look that will help you tell part of your story. The look and mood that you obtain from your colors in your movie or project are just as important as the words you write down in your script or the picture you draw ... Don't neglect your project and don't get caught off guard having never made the effort to choose a look for your project ... get this app!!!!

rjvela82 ,

Nice but needs iCloud sync

Overall this is a great app but without exporting / importing or better yet iCloud sync support, it's not a yet pro-level but its close. One thing I dislike is that the color picker side bar is optional and therefore it means that swatch will show a popup of the settings instead of using the color picker side bar to load the swatch settings. There is no option that always uses the side bar color picker to load a swatches settings because the side bar is optional. If it were up to me, it wouldn't be so I can see each swatch settings load without seeing the popup over each swatch. Some users are okay with the way it is but not every users wants to see the popup animation over every swatch because they prefer a static interface that lets them spend time looking at possible adjustments instead of a popup that doesn't do much to encourage the user to apply adjustments. It's a nit pick but one that the developer should be aware of.

VeryVito ,

Much more than a colorpicker (but oddly, not a colorpicker)

This is a great palette management tool, and it does what it does really well. If you just need a colorpicker, though, this isn't that: In fact, the only way you DON'T bring colors into this app is the one way I (perhaps foolishly) had assumed I would -- By using a system-wide keyboard shortcut to pull up an eye dropper to select a color (Hint to the developer: This would be a great addition).

Regardless, it's a great organizer, and I paid for the full version -- even after realizing I'd also need a colorpicker to go along with it (ie, my only issue with it lies with my expectation rather than with the app itself).

App Privacy

The developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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