Science-y Color Picker on Steroids

I hadn't yet considered the iPad as a Photoshop tool, except perhaps to display panels; but enter ColoRotate from This app features multiple ways to create and tweak a color palette in RGB, CMYK, LAB, and other color models, and it effortlessly synchronizes with Photoshop CS5 and CS6. It allows you to send color samples to the foreground or background of the Photoshop Toolbox by just tapping-and-holding a swatch in ColoRotate; or you can send swatches directly to the Swatches panel.

Photographers will love that you can view images directly from Photoshop and instantly extract a color scheme from them. The Image mode is particularly useful for matching the colors in one shot to another.

Several unique 3D tools, such as Scope, Hue, and Tint, display radish-shaped orbs of color (fun to play with). The Scope view populates its orb with dozens of effervescent-looking bubbles that represent concentrations and distribution of your image's colors, making it simple to choose harmonious additions to your color story. Adjust colors precisely, or slide your finger around the little color galaxies until you come upon just the right one.

For the occasional color rut, ColoRotate has the ability to generate random palettes based on a main color choice, providing sliders to set parameters for its randomness—including Vivid or Muted, Natural or Synthetic, etc. Once the palette is complete, it can be viewed next to the source image in any of six color-theory-based previews, and shared via email, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, or the iPad photo library. Palettes export as CSS files, and the accompanying text lists the RGB and HEX values of each swatch. Image editors and digital artists will find ColorRotate a great buy!

Price: $4.99
Rating: 4
Hot:  New ways to visualize color
Not:  Exported palettes CSS only (ASE would be nice)