colorbranch Touch

portable color for artists, designers and developers

  • colorbranch Touch Splash Screen
  • colorbranch Full Interface
  • colorbranch Color Point Added
  • colorbranch Delete Swatches Popover
  • colorbranch Export Swatches Popover
  • colorbranch Color Bin Hidden
  • colorbranch Dropper Tool
  • colorbranch Locked Color Point
  • colorbranch Color Bin in Lab Mode
  • colorbranch Swatch Preview with Tools Hidden
  • colorbranch Swatch Preview
  • colorbranch App Menu


  • choose colors directly from photos and other images stored on your BlackBerry® ­PlayBook™
  • provides color in many different formats for ultimate flexibility in design, art and applications
  • includes over 1,500 named colors, including traditional artist pigments
  • export to standardized XML, Adobe® Swatch Exchange (.ase) or Corel® Painter™ Color Set (.colors) files
  • code ready strings ready for CSS3 available in the XML export
  • interface and interaction designed specifically for touch and tablets with your colors as the focus
  • automatic session save and restore; never lose your work



Touch Gestures

  • tap: touch the screen and lift your finger quickly
  • long touch: touch the screen and hold your finger down for half of a second
  • touch & drag: touch the screen and move your finger in any direction while still touching the screen
  • flick or swipe: touch the screen and move your finger quickly in any direction, then lift your finger while still moving
  • top swipe: touch the PlayBook’s frame above the screen and drag your finger down into the screen

The Interface

  • the tools panel is located on the left
  • the swatch panel is on the right
  • in the swatch menu, the format bar is at the top and the actions bar is at the bottom
  • show the application menu by doing a top swipe
  • scroll panels and lists on-screen with the touch & drag gesture
  • select list items by tapping the lower half of the item
  • active tools, options or actions are always highlighted
  • dismiss active menus by tapping anywhere outside the menu

The Tools Panel

The tools panel holds all the tools used to manipulate the work area of colorbranch. Individual tools may change from screen to screen (as colorbranch grows), but they will always relate to the work area and the task at hand.


hide button

tap to hide the tools panel temporarily


pan tool

touch & drag to move the work area without creating color points


dropper tool

tap the work area to create a color point


quick add tool

tap the work area to create a color point and a color swatch


import button

tap to import an image to the work area and clear all unlocked color points


revert button

tap to clear all unlocked color points from the work area

long touch to clear all locked and unlocked color points from the work area


show tools button

tap to show the tools panel

The Swatch Panel

The swatch panel is like a permanent clipboard (permanent until you clear it, that is). It holds all of your chosen colors and makes them accessible throughout the app. Swatches can be exported for use in your favorite graphics and digital painting software. An XML export may be used either as a reference or as a data source for any web or desktop application. All exports are saved to the Documents folder of your PlayBook.


format bar

tap a format name to change the swatch panel’s display

touch & drag to see more selectable formats



touch & drag to scroll the swatch list

tap a single swatch to select or deselect


actions bar

tap the icons to open menus and manipulate the swatch list


delete button

tap to show options to remove selected swatches or to clear all swatches


export button

tap to show swatch export options for Adobe Swatch Exchange, Corel Painter Color Set or colorbranch XML


hide swatches button

tap to hide the swatch panel temporarily


show swatches button

tap to show the swatch panel

Color Points

Color points are used to mark and choose colors in colorbranch. They are linked to swatches by their common color, but are temporary in nature, whereas swatches are meant to be more permanent.

For example, if a color point is not locked, and it is moved, the point will change colors and will change the color of its linked swatch. However, deleting a color point will not delete its linked swatch from the swatch list. Likewise, deleting a swatch does not delete its color point.


color point

tap the work area with the dropper tool or quick add tool selected to create a new color point

touch & drag to position a color point within the work area or to fine-tune the color of the point and its linked swatch

touch & drag locked color points to compare the point’s color and a color within the loaded image


color point with menu

tap a color point to activate it and open the menu or to deactivate and close the menu

tap the add button to add or remove the point’s color from the swatch list

tap the lock button to protect the point’s color from being changed or accidentally deleted

tap the delete button to delete the color point whether it is locked or not


color point with preview

the preview swatch will show above the point any time the color point is moving

long touch the point with the menu open or closed to show the preview swatch without moving the point

lift your finger from the screen to hide the preview and return the color point to its previous state

Technical Support

For technical support by email, please do not use the general contact form. Instead, email support directly with the address listed in BlackBerry App World. Include as much information as possible. “It doesn’t work,” is not enough to tell what is happening and will not help solve the problem.

Support via telephone is not available.

Color Conversions

All color conversions are based on a RGB color values, in which 255 is the maximum value of any one channel. 255 is not evenly divisible by 360 or 100 which is needed for the conversions to HSL, HSV/HSB, CMY and CMYK. As a result, the final values are not whole numbers. For display in the swatches panel, these are rounded to one or no decimal places, meaning they are approximated, not exact. Attempting to convert from any format back to RGB will not return the original RGB value.

The CMY and CMYK are straight conversions (as are all of the others). They are not calibrated in any way for print and should not be used or relied on as accurate for printing. These conversions are provided for approximating on-screen subtractive color mixing and also as a reference for more traditional color mixing based on an artist’s color wheel where the primary colors are Red (Magenta + Yellow), Yellow and Blue (Magenta + Cyan).

Color Names

While colorbranch does include 1,500+ color names, there are over 16.5 million possible RGB colors. This means that up to 11,000 individual, yet similar colors, may share the same name in the swatch panel.