So you're a graphic designer who's constantly inspired by the colors around you. That's fine and dandy, but just try putting "that sort of yellow-orange I saw on the aspen leaves in Durango last Saturday" into Dreamweaver and see what happens. Well, chromatically frustrated artists, we have a solution for you. SwatchMatic takes a look at the colors streaming into your Android smartphone's camera, and creates live, continually shifting dynamic color palettes from the relevant scene. Tap on the screen and you get your palette, output in HSV, RGB, and WEB values. It's a neat little color tool, and best of all, it's free.

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When aiming SwatchMatic at a scene you can choose between analog, complementary and triad colors, though with six different values presented at any given time, any designer worth his or her salt ought to be able to make due. You can also adjust the vibrancy and contrast of the recorded colors. Endearingly, each unique swatch is assigned a randomly generated robot with a name for the collection. A few of the names I've gotten so far have been "When Sahara Met Torea Bay," "Androids Dream in Corn Harvest," and "Cioccolato Digs Teal Blue." If you get something cool in yours, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matti

    Do you actually need to use the camera/lens for this to work, or can it "calculate" values using images from your gallery as well?

  • George Tunaya III

    Before this post, I didn't even know I needed this app.
    Now I have a dozen colored robots and counting.

    Automatically uses your camera. Contrast function in the menu currently FC's on my Rooted Charge.

  • http://twitter.com/Beckman2905 Joachim Beckman

    Force closes on my Nexus S. Sadly.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E


  • Larizard

    "I Like Laser" lol.

    This is a great app! It's fun to use and very useful for a designer like me. Works great on my VZW Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean 4.1.1

  • AppBaan

    @twitter-94784363:disqus: I added a fix that might help with your Nexus S force close. I think the issue was force setting a camera preview resolution that your handset doesn't support.

    @google-a32b7da27da81d2143ed9311c1aed16e:disqus: I added a fix that might help with the Contrast button toggle. I think the issue was a call to redraw the action bar that won't work on pre-Android 3.0 devices.

    Both these fixes should appear within an hour or two in the Play Store.

    @d517da14152f2c0a0546037bafaf0e6e:disqus No, it only works when sampling live pixels from the camera preview.

    Hope that helps,
    Jason, the (very green) developer of SwatchMatic

  • AppBaan

    Thanks, Jeremiah, for this detailed review. It's helped create a lot of SwatchMatic users (30K downloads and growing). The free version is still up and will remain up.

    This weekend I also added a pro version (1 buck) that supports more languages, and — the biggie — let’s you share Adobe Swatch Exchange files. This means you can get your colors into PS and Illustrator with just one click! No more copying/pasting data by hand. Happy coloring!