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Processing is a large part of photography, and it takes some work to take a shot from your camera and turn it into a finished piece. Brilliant colors can make an image pop off the screen, and you can borrow a hue from one section and use it to fill in another area that didn’t achieve the desired brilliance due to poor lighting and other conditions. To help you do this, Adobe Photoshop has a simple tool that allows you to sample a shade from anywhere in the frame. Here’s a look at how to use the eyedropper tool in Photoshop and a few advanced tricks to get the most out of this function.
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How the Eyedropper Tool Works
When you find a color that you’d like to use elsewhere in your project, select the eyedropper tool from the menu on the left. Drag the cursor around the frame until you reach the desired area and click the left mouse button to take a sample. Once you make a selection, that hue is designated as the new foreground color for paint brushes, lines, airbrushes and other tools. If you’d like to designate the coloration to be used for backgrounds, you can either hold down the Alt key when making your selection or click the reverse arrows on the foreground and background palette.
While the eyedropper tool is straightforward in its basic operation, there are some tricks you can use to squeeze some extra functionality out for your project. If you’d like to get more precise with your selection, you can press the caps lock key to limit your sample to a single pixel. You can also find colors from outside your project if you see the perfect shade while browsing the web. If you shrink the Photoshop window to a size where the other image is visible, you can select the eyedropper tool, click and hold down the left mouse button while dragging to the other photograph and lift your new foreground or background hue from your web browser, desktop wallpaper or other image sources.
Find the Perfect Colors
Now you know everything about how to use the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, you can use this tool to transform simple pictures into the vibrant photographs from your wildest imagination. It will take some practice to get the most out of this function, but it will change your entire process once you’ve mastered it. If you need images to work on for your next project, Shutterstock offers access to a diverse library of royalty-free photographs with subscription options for any user.