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I need to get the RGB for a pixel that is in an image. Under Windows this is easy but is there a way to do this on Mac OS X?

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I usually use DigitalColor Meter (in Utilities). As long as it's open, it gives you the RGB values of the pixel below your mouse cursor.

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The only drawback is that the new Lion Digital Color Meter won't give you hex values. The one in Snow Leopard did. –  Wheat Williams Sep 19 '11 at 19:41
@Wheat you can change it to show hex under ViewShow values ashexadecimal –  koiyu Nov 10 '11 at 13:12
@koiyu Yes, but you can't set that as the default AFAIK. Really bugs me! –  daviesgeek Jul 8 '12 at 22:15

Use the built-in app /Applications/Utilities/DigitalColor Meter. Place your mouse pointer over the pixel you want the color of, and DigitalColor Meter will show the RGB values.

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I use SpotColor (recently renamed to Hues, more info here)

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and HexPicker (which currently has a slight issue with Lion still)

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ColorSnapper is the best. $4.99 on the Mac App Store.

Just take a look at the demo video and you'll see what I mean.

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I have started relying on the Digital Color Picker plug in to extend the Mac OS X color palette. It's made by Wade from Panic.

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