Pastel 4+

Beautiful color palettes

Steven Troughton-Smith

    • #56 in Developer Tools
    • 4.6 • 381 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


200,000+ 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 2.0.5

• New Color Scale color picker
• Improvements to keyboardability
• Drag palettes directly into supported apps
• Duplicate palettes from the context menu
• Copy HSL values from colors and palettes
• Fixes a mapping issue when using the eyedropper if screen color profile is not RGB. Pastel converts colors from display colorspace to RGB, which can introduce unavoidable, but minor rounding errors.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 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.

SomDowns ,

Custom palettes costantly disappear, no real product support or documentation

I recently purchased and downloaded this app a few hours ago to my Mac Pro running macOS Monterey. I spend an hour creating several custom palettes I put into a "collection". Suddenly, all of my palettes were gone. The "collection" was still there, but empty. I tried a few tests (making more colors, palettes, collections, open/close the app after creating them), and the palettes would either disappear out of the collection, or the palettes might still be there, but empty of colors. There is no real support for tis product. A webiste/support linke in the Apple App Store goes to webpage, which in turn, has a link back to the App Store. There is a Twitter link, where I suppose that is where we're supposed to learn how to use this app and get support. But I don't care to use Twitter, certainly not for support on a product I spent money on. I see no way to get real support nor a refund. Hopefully others are not having similar loss of time and productivity with this app.

Developer Response ,

Hi SomDowns,

Sorry to hear about your experience. We have a support link on the website that lets you get support via email; Twitter is for providing realtime support, best for minor issues or questions you just need a quick answer to. Email is preferable for crash logs and the like. You can, of course request a refund through the App Store (, as it handles everything to do with payment processing.

It sounds like there might be an iCloud syncing issue at play here (see also, but I'd love to hear if you're still running into the same problems. Please reach out if you'd still like to debug/fix this, but I totally understand if you're just happier to get a refund as per the steps above.

Hope that helps!

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