Color Expert

Color Expert is an incredibly hardcore color reference app that includes virtually every color imaginable. It’s a fantastic portable tool that makes it possible for artists and designers to create palettes and draw colors from surrounding inspirations. With it’s beautiful color wheel interface you can choose and save multiple sets of monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complementary, and triadic colors. Color Expert will definitely be worth it’s weight in gold to any on-the-go artist or web designer.

Created by Code Line Communications, Color Expert has a vast amount of color swatches such as Pantone color coated, Pantone solid uncoated, Goe coated, and Goe uncoated. HTML and web safe colors are included as well. Now I don’t know much about web design, but I’m pretty positive this would be an invaluable tool for anyone in that field.

The controls are pretty self explanatory and anything that isn’t crystal clear can be figured out easily by tapping the question mark in the bottom right hand corner. This opens an in depth tutorial on how to use the program as well as some tips and pointers about color selection. My personal favorite thing about the app is the ability to take a photo of something and then pick the shade you want right out of the picture. For example, if I wanted to design a layout for my blog, but I wanted the SPECIFIC kind of green that’s found inside a kiwi, all I would have to do is take a picture of said fruit and select whatever shade I was thinking of from the photo.

The biggest complaint/concern that I’ve seen voiced about the app is being able to accurately view the colors. There really is no way to do this that I know of, but the beauty of the program is that it doesn’t have to be 100% accurate to still be extremely useful. The app is fully capable of getting you into the correct color ballpark. Once there, you can tweak it as much as you want! It will even give you other colors that compliment whatever color you choose to be your primary.

Overall I think that Color Expert is a very specific app designed for a very specific kind of job. If your job/interests don’t include web design, color selection, etc, then by all means, save your $10! However if you are in any field that requires such a tool, then this is definitely the one to purchase.

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