Photoshop’s Eyedropper Tool Can Pick Colors From Anywhere

Nancy Messieh 15-07-2016

We recently showed you how to generate color schemes How to Generate a Color Scheme From Any Photo If you need help coming up with a color scheme for any artistic endeavor, use one of these tools to generate one instantly using any photo you have available. Read More from any photo, but what if you see one color in a photo on a website, or even a color on your desktop, and you want to use it?


Rather than save the photo or take a screenshot and open it in Photoshop, one small trick is all it takes to sample that color.

Make sure that you have the website or image open that you want to draw your colors from. Select the Eyedropper from your tool menu (or use the keyboard shortcut “I”). Click anywhere on your canvas or workspace and drag the eyedropper, to where you want to sample your color.

You can sample colors from anywhere on your computer — from your browser or program windows, from your desktop or icons. The key is to make sure that you don’t let go as you drag the eyedropper around until you land on the color you wish to use.

What little tips and tricks do you have for Photoshop? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Image Editing Tips.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 16, 2016 at 4:46 am

    The trick here is
    1. you need to arrange your windows so that Photoshop is not filling your whole screen. Have Photoshop on one side and the browser window or acrobat or whatever you want to sample from, open on the other side of your screen.
    2. And then Click and hold down eyedropper on the Photoshop document then drag it outside of Photoshop to where you want to sample the colour. The eyedropper icon will appear the entire time you have the mouse button or pen held down.