Editor: ColorPix, like most other free image editors, is a handy little color picker which captures the pixel behind your mouse and converts it to a variety of other image formats. You can simply use the built-in Magnifier to enlarge a picture, click and drag on an image, or store a color value into the clipboard. I find it a bit fiddly, however. To zoom and manipulate the image, for example, you'd either need to move your mouse cursor inside the photo (which is very difficult to do, since the picture is very small) or alt-click the mouse to bring up the zoom tool. Then, type the size of the image you want to edit into the "chart" section, and the software will crop the photo so that the exact dimensions of the new image appear. To save the edited image, simply click the "Save" button.
The only minor problem I have noticed with ColorPix, is that if you try to save an image as a JPEG, it will give you an error message saying that the file could not be opened. This is because ColorPix uses the RGB color code system, rather than the common CMYK color code system used by Windows. Because RGB color codes are more widely accepted, ColorPix can be accessed by virtually any computer. However, if you're using a Mac computer, the file might not be displayed properly on the Mac operating system, and it might not be viewable on many browsers. Fortunately, there's a really easy way to fix this - just download a freeware Photoshop alternative called Paint Shop Pro, which has a built-in "hex color" conversion utility.
If you'd like to see how your chosen images look in their original state, you can also open them up in Paint Shop Pro and set the colorpix window to the "Original" size. Then, go to the "olor" tab in the colorpix window, and use the buttons for the desired color values. Finally, save the images as a JPEG using the same method you used to save it as a GIF in the previous step.