How To Use The Eyedropper Tool Tips


• Cliông chồng in the image area with the Eyedropper tool to select the foreground color. Option -cliông xã (Mac) | Alt -clichồng (Win) in the image area lớn select the background color.

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• By default, clicking in the image area with the Eyedropper tool displays a sample ring . The “new” color (the one being sampled) is displayed in the upper half of the ring while the current (or foreground color before sampling) is displayed in the bottom half. The ring is surrounded by gray to help neutralize surrounding colors that may influence color choices. The sample ring can be toggled off/on by unchecking/checking Show Sampling Ring in the Options bar.

• Choose a sample kích cỡ from the list in the Options bar from Point Sample khổng lồ 101 by 101 Average. Because the Eyedropper tool samples color based on a specific number of pixels on-screen, zooming in or out on an image will (most likely) change the sampled color. In the illustration below, the Eyedropper tool’s sample form size is phối to lớn 51 by 51 Average. The blaông chồng rectangle in the image is 60 by 60 pixels. When the image is zoomed 1:1, và a sample is taken from the middle of the blaông xã rectangle, the sampled color is black. When the image is zoomed to 1/2, the sampled color is a lighter blue as now some of the sky is included. When the zoom percentage is phối to lớn 25%, the sampled color is even lighter as more of the clouds are included.


• Use the pull-down thực đơn in the Options bar to choose khổng lồ sample from different combinations of layers including: Current Layer, Current và Below, All Layers, All Layers No Adjustments, và Current & Below No Adjustments.

• The Eyedropper tool’s Sample Size affects the Magic Wand, Magic Eraser, và Background Eraser.

• The Eyedropper tool can sample colors from outside of Photoshop. Make the color visible (on the desktop, in another application etc.). Then, begin by clicking to sample a color with the Eyedropper within the image area in Photosiêu thị and (without releasing the mouse), drag over the desired color khổng lồ sample it from the desktop/other application.

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Note: with a Painting tool selected, holding Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) temporarily enables the Eyedropper tool in order to quickly sample a color from the image area.

The Màu sắc Sampler Tool

• To keep traông chồng of multiple color readouts, clichồng in the image area to set up khổng lồ ten color samplers. Use the Info panel (see below) to lớn access the màu sắc Sampler’s color readouts.


• Option -clichồng (Mac) | Alt -cliông xã (Win) the màu sắc Sampler to lớn delete it, (the inhỏ will change to a pair of scissors)

Note: with the Eyedropper tool selected, Shift-clichồng in the image area to mix a màu sắc Sampler. Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) -clichồng on the Màu sắc Sampler lớn delete a màu sắc Sampler (With the Eyedropper tool selected).

The Info Panel

• Choose Window > Info to lớn display the Info panel & access information about the open document. To customize the Info panel, use the fly-out menu khổng lồ access Panel Options…


Color Readouts — choose the desired ColorReadout settings from the drop down list (Actual/Proof Color, màu sắc Mode, Total Ink/Opađô thị & Bit Depth). 

Mouse Coordinates — choose the desired Ruler Units of measurement

Status Information — check to lớn enable additional status information. Note: while most of the status information can be viewed using the Status bar (located at the bottom of the document window), I find it helpful khổng lồ display them here when using Full Screen mode(s) as the document status bar is hidden. The Status bar can display two options that are not available in the Info Panel 32-bit Exposure & Save sầu Progress.

In Photoshop’s mặc định state, the Info panel displays two sets of values for tracking changes made khổng lồ an image. To display only the composite values, use the fly-out thực đơn to lớn access Panel Options và enable “Always Show Composite Color Values”.

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Choose to show/hide Tool Hints (brief suggestions for using the currently selected tool). 

• To quickly change màu sắc Readout settings (without using the panel options), click-hold the eyedropper inhỏ in the Info Panel và select from the list. Option -cliông chồng (Mac) | Alt -clichồng (Win) the eyedropper in the Info panel to lớn change all Màu sắc Readout settings all at once. Click-hold the cross-hairs icon khổng lồ quickly change the units of measurement used lớn trachồng cursor coordinates.