Eyedropper Trick Tutorial

Made by: Nick

In this tutorial I will show you how to do something that I accidentally "learned" in Photoshop today when I was editing a picture. I don't know if this is a well known trick or not but I havn't seen a tutorial about it before so thought I would make one today.

The Eyedropper Tool


If you have used Photoshop (or any graphics program) before then you will know that the eyedropper tool can be used to "pick" colors from anywhere within the application.

What you might not know is that in Photoshop (I havn't tested it on any other graphics programs) you can use it to "pick" colors from anywhere, even outwith the application. To do this just follow the steps below:

The Eyedropper Trick

If you can't be bothered reading then just look at the image below, you should get the idea from that:

eyedropper trick

Open a file in Photoshop


The first thing you need to do is open a file in photoshop, it doesn't matter what file, an image of some sort will work fine.

Select the Eyedropper Tool


To do this you can either click on the eyedropper tool icon, click on one of the "set color" icons or press "I" on your keyboard.

Restore Down Photoshop


For this to work you will need to be able to see something on your screen that is outwith the Photoshop application. So resize the photoshop window so that you can see whatever it is you wish to take a color from.

Pick the Color


To "pick" the color you have to click on the image as if you were going to take a color from it but hold your mouse button down and then move the mouse outwith the application.
If you have done that right then you should be able to "pick" a color from anywhere on screen and not be limited to the colors within the Photoshop application itself.

As I said, I did stumble upon this by accident and I am not sure how well known it is. Hopefully this tutorial will help make it more well known anyway.

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