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Sample Photo colors in InDesign CS2

Does anyone know if there is a way via the built-in capabilities or through some plugin to sample colors from photos placed in an InDesign document? The IDCS2 Eyedropper tool does not seem able to do this? Currently I either sample the colors in Photoshop or from the colors palette of TextEdit, but would love the ability to do this right from within IDCS2. Anybody have any ideas?
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pokie's picture
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CS2 eyedropper is what I use. You may have something corrupt or something??

AjPID's picture
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Really? That's great. So, just to be clear, you have a way of using the InDesign eyedropper to sample pixel colors from within a placed raster image? Would you mind sharing your Eyedropper settings, because mine seems to only allow picking the following...

  • Stroke
  • Fill
  • Character
  • Paragraph
  • Transparency
  • If you you some additional options for 'Photo' or something, I would love to know how to enable them. Thanks.

    pokie's picture
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    Not sure about where I'd find these settings-- this should be standard. Go to Help>InDesign Help> and search for "eyedropper", it has some stuff in there.

    Let me know if you get it figured out or not. I just click on the area with my eyedropper in the image I want to sample.

    AjPID's picture
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    Thanks. I checked the InDesign Help for 'Eyedropper', but this is all it says...

    "You can use the Eyedropper tool to add colors from imported graphics to your document, or to apply them to objects in your document. This is useful for coordinating layout colors with images. For more information about the Eyedropper tool, see To copy fill and stroke attributes."

    It says the Eyedropper can be used to sample colors from imported graphics, but it doesn't specify if those are raster or vector graphics. The way that the tool options and help seem to describe things, it is for vector graphics only. That also seems to be the case in my attempts. I could sample stroke/fill color of vector graphics, but there seems no way to sample pixel color info from placed raster (photo) graphics.

    Are you also using CS2, or perhaps CS3?

    AjPID's picture
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    I finally was able to get it to work. I opened the info palette and saw that there were some options for 'Color Space' or 'Swatch Name'. I changed the option to 'Color Space' and then I could see the RGB or CMYK data update as I moved the Eyedropper around. Then when I clicked on a pixel, it picked up the color as I would expect. I'm not sure if why it wasn't working before and I'm not convinced that my change in the Info palette made the difference, but it's working now.

    Thanks for your help Pokie. Just knowing that it was working for you motivated me to find it.

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