The Color Snap App


Sherwin Williams Color Snap Iphone and Android AppHave you seen Sherwin Williams’ iphone/android/blackberry app called Color Snap? What a great tool for creating color combinations! It allows you to snap a picture , then pull colors from that picture to create great color chip combo’s of Sherwin Williams’ paint colors. You can change the hues, saturation and lightness of each color until you get to a palette that pleases you. As a new dyer, I’m always looking to my environment for color inspiration. With this tool, I can flip through my photos and get a great jumping off point for new colorways in my dyeing.

Color Snap Inspiration

Here’s a favorite picture I took of my middle daughter, Jaydin a few months ago. I took a picture of the original photo using my cell phone and was able to pull the colors I wanted from it into the application, (the purple in her hair pin, the green grass and her pinkish-plum lip color). You can even email the palette! I found that when I sent it to my computer, my monitor displayed the colors quite a bit darker than how they looked on my cellphone, but even so, it was still a super source of inspiration.

Color Snap App Palette

Using Color Snap and the picture – I came up with this new colorway “My Jade”:

200 yards Merino Superwash Worsted

My Jade Handdyed Yarn

Knitting colorwork? Crocheting an afghan? Sewing a quilt? In all the dozens of ways we play with color as crafters, Color Snap is a fun tool to help you along.

Happy Color Play!





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  1. Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Wow, what a cool way to get color ideas. Thanks for posting that!

  2. Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    PS–Love that color way too!

    • Carli
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Jan! It was really fun!

  3. Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Love that! What are you going to make with that yarn?

    • Carli
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Personally, I just like having it sit in my stash and look pretty. Ha! I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing with it…Hmmm! Ideas?

      • Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

        Well, I am thinking it has to be something for Jade since she was the inspiration. I am sure it is as warm there as it is here right now, but it sure would make a cute crocheted ruffle scarf!

        • Carli
          Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

          It would be adorable! I’m thinking something for Valentine’s Day. I’ll start searching for the perfect pattern.

  4. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    The yarn is beautiful!

    • Carli
      Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Lara!

  5. Posted February 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    oh, this is so neat, I would spend too much time repainting the house to complement our photos if I had this app, lol. Really neat, I love how you’ve put it to use too!

  6. Kate
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Carli, that is beautiful dying, and a really cool way to personalize yarn.

    • Carli
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Kate! ;-)

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