Today seems to be my Photoshop Tip Day. I discovered another very practical thing that makes life in Photoshop easier: You can also use the pipette to pick up colors from websites and media from other programs.
Previously, when I wanted to determine an RGB color code for a color on a web page, I used “cmd + SHIFT + 4” to take a screenshot of the area, then opened it in Photoshop and used the eyedropper (“i” key) to select the color added. This is of course quite cumbersome, but until now I didn't know that there was a much easier way. And now I would like to introduce this to you...
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Photoshop pipette reloaded
But now for the instructions: If you also want to use the pipette outside of the Photoshop window, you only have to click on any point in the open file with the pipette and then move the mouse with the mouse pointer pressed out of the window to the desired position on the website or in Finder pull.
Instructions in short form
- Open Photoshop window
- Select the eyedropper tool
- Click on any area of the image and hold down the mouse button and drag the eyedropper out of the Photoshop window.
Of course, this only works if you make the Photoshop window so small that it does not cover the area with the desired color in the background.
The trick also works if you have Youtube, Netflix or similar open and want to poke a color code from a film.
The alternative for non-Photoshop users
If you don't have Photoshop, but would like to get a color out, you can use Apple's own utility for this purpose. It can be found under Programs> Utilities> Digital Color Meter. If you open the small Mac app, you get a pipette with which you can determine the colors from all areas of the desktop. Different color spaces can be set as options and the size of the area used to determine the color can be defined.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.