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Color sampler tool

To follow up on previous posts on features of the Eyedropper tool, here is another useful feature.

When you compare several samples of colors with each other you don't need to jot down the numbers on a piece of paper. You can press Shift while clicking with the Eyedropper tool (shortcut: "I"). This opens up an extended Info palette. You can click on your image up to four times. For each selector you will be able to see a corresponding color value in the info palette.

To delete any of the selectors press Apple (or Cmd) and drag them out from the image. If you want to see the values in different color systems click the tiny Eyedropper icon below the number in the info palette to bring up a little menu with several options to choose from. You can also use this function to sample the same color several times and have the info palette show you the values in real time for different color systems, while you're adjusting colors in your image. The position of the color samples are saved into the document, so you can refer to them even after reopening the document.

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Trevor Morris's picture

Tip: You don't need to drag them off the canvas to delete them: simply Alt/Option+Shift-click on the Samplers to delete them. Alternatively, you can use the Clear button on the Option bar to remove all Samplers.

sPECtre's picture

And when you use an adjustment tool, such as levels, curves, ... the info palette will display the before and after changes values. (It is called color correction by the nubmers.) Very useful to do color matching if you do not have PSCS (and thus the color matching tools)

Anonymous's picture

Where's the hex values? And please, don't say "Image ready"...

Trevor Morris's picture

The Hex values can be displayed by clicking on the Eye Dropper icon on the Info palette and choosing Web Color.

Ivan's picture

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