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 2.0.3

• Adds support for macOS 12
• Fixes a potential issue with loading libraries from older versions of the app

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 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!!!!

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).

Bee-Bo Animations ,

Amazing app but one flaw

This app is great for those who need color palettes and palette ideas, especially for procreate. You can even get a palette by importing a photo! I have one issue though. You can have a palette widget, and it will ask you to put the name of the palette you want to use. It can be a nice decoration, especially if you want to display a certain aesthetic palette or a palette Pride flag. No matter now many times I enter or change the name, the right palette won’t come up! Maybe you can change the way we change the palette in widgets so that we can visibly see which one we are choosing. Just an idea, but great app otherwise!

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.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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