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Hi there. Welcome back to another episode of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seely, and this week I'm going to be showing you how to sample colors from anywhere using Adobe Photoshop. First things first, I'm going to create a brand new document here. Does not matter how big or how small the document is, we just need something for reference. And once I do that, what I'm going to do is I'm going to start sampling some colors. Normally I just grab the Eyedropper tool with the letter i on my keyboard and then I start clicking around. And as I move, you can see that the foreground color changes around.
If I had multiple colors out here, obviously it would change multiple times. What many people don't know is that you don't always have to find something online that you like, for instance, I'm on the Design landing page of lynda.com, and most people would do something like this. They would just take a screenshot. Of that. Then they would go into Photoshop, they would find that screenshot, they would then sample that color, and then go back over into the document they're working on and then use it somewhere in there, but that takes up a lot of time, especially if you have to do that multiple times. So let's undo that, and I'll close that screenshot up.
And let me show you exactly how I do this. All you have to do is move Photoshop, or whatever the application is, out of the way so that you can see the area that you want to sample and Photoshop at the same time. Now you just take your eyedropper tool and you start clicking inside of Photoshop. So you hold down the mouse and then you just move it, outside of Photoshop. And notice as I move around out in this webpage, look at my foreground and background colors down there at the bottom. They are actually changing based on these colors. So I can select this sort of pink color, go back into Photoshop, watch this, Option+Delete, Alt+Backspace, fills it with that color.
Now let's create just a elliptical selection here. And I'll do the same thing, I, to switch to the eyedropper, then we'll move out, we'll grab the yellow color. Option+Delete, Alt+Backspace, fills it with that color. So hopefully now, you won't have to take screenshots and load them up to sample your colors any more. Just move the app out of the way, find the colors you need on the web or wherever the case may be, move your eyedropper over, sample the color, and use it however you see fit.
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