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6.2. Color Picker Tool

Figure 8.72.  Eye dropper

Eye dropper

The Color Picker Tool is used to select a color on the active layer. By clicking a point on a layer, you can change the active color to that which is located under the pointer. The Sample Merge option lets you grab the color as it is in the image, resulting of the combination of all layers.

6.2.1. Activate Tool

  • The Color Picker Tool can be called in the following order, from the image-menu: Tools->Color Picker.

  • The Tool can also be called by clicking the tool icon:

    [Note] Note

    If you hold Ctrl key down while using a paint tool, mouse pointer turns to the color-picker icon. If you click then, you select the color pointed by the color-picker as foreground color. Color-picker dialog is not opened during this operation.

6.2.2. Key modifiers (Defaults)


Shift-o will activate the Color Picker tool.

6.2.3. Options

Figure 8.73.  Color Picker Options

Color Picker Options

The available tool options for the Color Picker can be accessed by double clicking the Color Picker tool icon.

Sample Merged

The Sample Merged checkbox when enabled will take color information as a composite from all the visible layers. Further information regarding Sample Merge is available in the glossary entry, Sample Merge.

Sample Average

The Radius slider adjusts the size of the square area that is used to determine an average color for the final selection. When you click the layer, the cursor will indicate the size of the square or radius visually.

Pick Mode
Pick Only

The color of the selected pixel will be shown in an Information Dialog, but not otherwise used.

Set Foreground Color

The Foreground color, as shown in the Toolbox Color Area, will be set to the color of the pixel you click on.

Set Background Color

The Background color, as shown in the Toolbox Color Area, will be set to the color of the pixel you click on.

Add to Palette

When this option box is checked, the picked color is sent to the active color palette. see Palette Editor

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