ColorPal CLI!

ColorPal CLI is a command-line version of ColorPal, my HTML5 color palette generator.


$ node cpal.js -f hex -s 8 MyImage.png


Get it!

npm install -g canvas requirejs # install dependencies
git clone [email protected]:mwcz/colorpal-cli.git
cd colorpal-cli

Use it!

To display the help text, simply run the command without any arguments.

node cpal.js

Generate a color palette from an image! :)
USAGE: node cpal.js IMAGE

  -s, --size     Generate a fixed size palette; you specify the number of colors you want.

  -d, --dynamic  Generate a palette, sized dynamically based on the color diversity of the image; you can optionally specify a number from 0.0 to 1.0, where larger numbers increase the number of colors.

  -f, --format   Specify the output format.  Available formats are: scss, sass, json, less, rgb, hex

Let’s dive right in by generating palettes from the sample images included with the project.

node cpal.js images/hugepic.png

[ [ 144, 43, 178 ],
  [ 37, 10, 146 ],
  [ 171, 52, 6 ],
  [ 11, 3, 85 ],
  [ 238, 72, 120 ],
  [ 219, 66, 32 ] ]

To visualize what just happened, ColorPal turned this:


Into this:

hugepic.png colors

Let’s try again with a different image.

node cpal.js images/issue3.png

[ [ 165, 219, 144 ], [ 58, 181, 75 ], [ 254, 250, 203 ] ]

Only three colors this time? This image has very few colors, so ColorPal decided to create a smaller palette.

issue3.png issue3.png colors

To generate a specific number of colors, use the -s option.

# generate 8 colors from the same image
node cpal.js -s 8 images/issue3.png

You can also specify the output format. json is the default, but several others are available.

Hex output:

node cpal.js images/issue3.png -f hex

LESS output:

node cpal.js images/issue3.png -f less
@color0: rgb(165,219,144);
@color1: rgb(58,181,75);
@color2: rgb(254,250,203);

SCSS/SASS output:

node cpal.js images/issue3.png -f scss
$color0: rgb(165,219,144);
$color1: rgb(58,181,75);
$color2: rgb(254,250,203);

ColorPal also has a web interface which you might find more convenient, depending on your needs. The command-line utility is very convenient if you need to automate palette generation for a large number of images.

All the code is available on GitHub. Bug reports and pull requests are much appreciated. :)