170,000 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

• Sample colors from the screen with the eyedropper
• Use the menu bar color picker to analyze and copy colors in any app
• Copy colors or palettes as Xcode Color Literals, and paste them directly into your Swift projects
• Drag to select groups of palettes, move them to collections, or open them in new windows
• Pick from advanced options for generating a palette from an image
• Drag & drop images right into your library to begin a new palette
• A sharper UI at all screen sizes
• And many more tweaks & quality-of-life improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
369 Ratings

369 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!!!!

Mclaren_7 ,

Great app and nice simple design

I have to say I have been looking for an app like this for a while. Found this app after using TheTask app and what I love about that app I like about this one. Simple design. Gets to the point with a user friendly design. Purchased the unlimited version almost instantly to support and hope for continued updates to the app.

On feature I would say right now is missing is a CMYK slider. Use this for graphic design and school so that feature would be clutch.

Great work devs and looking forward to the updates and Mac app.

Diz-Eh ,


I love that the app is across my devices. As a visual artist, it makes it really easy for me to capture a pallet and transfer it between my different apps on iPad and Mac, and when I need to use it on windows I can export the file. Super simple app that I believe is worth the modest price! Thanks for the tool i never realized I needed!

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