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How To Pick Colors From Anywhere With Photoshop

A Simple Yet Magical Trick!

Picture this: you're scrolling through your favorite digital art gallery or perhaps a stunning website, and you stumble upon a color scheme that captures your heart. You think to yourself, "I wish I could use these colors in my own designs."

Well, as a digital design professional, let me share a little secret that transformed the way I work with colors in Photoshop, making my design process not just efficient but also a lot more exciting.

Forget the hassle of taking screenshots just to capture that perfect shade. Photoshop has a hidden gem that's about to become your go-to tool for color inspiration. Enter the Eye Dropper tool - your magic wand for selecting colors from literally anywhere on your screen.

Here's how to unleash the magic:

  • First, click on the Eye Dropper tool on your toolbox. This might seem like an ordinary step, but trust me, it's the beginning of something amazing.

  • Next, minimize your Photoshop window. Yes, you heard that right! Minimize it because we're about to go on a little adventure outside the confines of Photoshop.

Remember, for this trick to work properly, you need to have a canvas opened in Photoshop. If you don't have one, simply create a new one (click on File --> New --> OK).

  • Now, with the Eye Dropper selected, click on your canvas, but don't let go just yet. Drag your cursor outside of Photoshop, to any other window or image on your screen. As you hover over different colors, watch how the magic unfolds - the Eye Dropper tool captures the colors from your desktop, web browser, or any application you're exploring.

I remember working on a project where the client wanted a design that echoed the serene and calming colors of a sunset they had photographed on their vacation. Instead of guessing the colors or trying to match them manually, I used this trick to directly pick the exact shades from the photo they shared with me. It was a game-changer, making the design process not just faster but also ensuring I captured the essence of what the client wanted perfectly.

So, next time you find yourself mesmerized by a color palette outside of Photoshop, remember this trick. It's like having a color-picking superhero power at your fingertips.

Unleash your creativity, make your design workflow more dynamic, and let the colors you love inspire your next masterpiece.


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