Latest 0.1.6
License MIT
Platforms ios 7.0, requires ARC

A grab-bag of different UIColor related extensions. Feel free to contact me on Twitter @henrinormak


There are a few methods for getting one of the components UIColor consists of, such as red, green or blue. Additionally there are a couple of methods for getting a new color by changing a component such as brightness or saturation.


CGFloat redComponent = [[UIColor redColor] getRed];
CGFloat blueComponent = [[UIColor redColor] getBlue];

Colour palette

Convenience methods for getting a colour palette from a colour. Different types of palettes are available, such as analogous, split complementary, triadic, square and tetradic.


// Returns colours that are roughly blueColor and greenColor
NSArray *triadicColours = [[UIColor redColor] triadicColors];


Few methods for determining the contrast between two colours according to WGAC standards. Also a simple method for getting the best text colour (black or white) for the given background color.


// Returns whiteColor as it's most contrasting with blue
UIColor *textColor = [[UIColor blueColor] contrastingTextColor];

// Returns ~13.85 as the ratio according to WGAC standard
CGFloat contrastRatio = [[UIColor blueColor] contrastRatioWithColor:[UIColor whiteColor]]; 


Methods for getting an interpolated colour in an array of colours, which can be seen as getting a colour at a given point in a gradient.


// Returns a colour exactly in the middle between white and black (so 50% gray)
UIColor *gray = [UIColor colorAtPosition:.5f fromColor:[UIColor blackColor] toColor:[UIColor whiteColor]];

// Equivalent to the previous call, but allows more than two colour gradients
UIColor *gray = [UIColor colorAtPosition:.5f withinColors:@[[UIColor whiteColor], [UIColor blackColor]]];


Methods for creating new colours by blending two colours together based on blend mode. This is very useful for avoiding translucent colours when performance matters, by pre-blending the colour and using that one instead – the resulting colour is opaque (i.e alpha is 1.0).
With these methods you can also replicate layer blend modes from Photoshop.

References for blending


// Getting the same effect as if you had used a blend mode when filling a colour on top of another colour
// For example, overlay of white on darker blue produces full blue
UIColor *overlayBlue = [[UIColor colorForHexString:@"0000da"] colorByBlendingWithColor:[UIColor whiteColor] mode:kColorBlendingModeOverlay]


There are two miscellaneous methods, one for converting a CSS styled HEX string to a colour, like "#FFF" or "FF", also there is a method for getting a totally random colour

Latest podspec

    "name": "UIColor-HNExtensions",
    "version": "0.1.6",
    "summary": "A grab-bag of useful UIColor helpers",
    "description": "                   A category full of useful UIColor helper methods for dealing withnn                   * Colour componentsn                   * Colour Palettesn                   * Accessibilityn                   * Gradientsn                   * Blendingn",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT"
    "authors": {
        "Henri Normak": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "7.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.6"
    "source_files": "UIColor+HNExtensions.{h,m}",
    "requires_arc": true

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