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Eyedrop the Aqua widget colors in Photoshop Apps
This is relatively useless and quite pointless, but the fact remains that:

If you open the Photoshop Color Picker dialog (by clicking either the foreground or background color in the Tools palette), some people may already know that if you have an open Photoshop document, you can click anywhere within the Photoshop document, and (keeping the mouse button held down) drag the dropper outside of the document to get samples from the screen around it (for example, from a webpage in the background, the desktop, the gray of a metallized app, etc).

Now, adding on top of this is the fact that, while the widgets themselves (the red/yellow/green Aqua buttons) of the Photoshop document in question turn gray/inactive in Photoshop while the Color Picker dialog is open, you can still do the aforementioned click and drag of the eyedropper to sample out colors of the widgets, despite the fact that they're showing up as gray/inactive to you. What's weirder is that while you're dragging around looking for the right color, the "current color" sample will show up as a value of gray, corresponding to what you see on the screen. Letting go of the mouse button will yeild the color in question (the red/yellow/green you're trying to get).

Relatively useful when trying to re-create an Aqua button for a web icon, or something equally pointless. Thought I'd share.

[robg adds: This doesn't seem to work in Photoshop Elements...]
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Eyedrop the Aqua widget colors in Photoshop
Authored by: jvr on Jan 23, '04 01:38:43PM

Alternatively, you could just grab a screenshot that includes whatever widget you're trying to imitate, open the screen shot in Photoshop, and manipulate it to your heart's content. No eyedropper guesswork needed.

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Eyedrop the Aqua widget colors in Photoshop
Authored by: rockman2023 on Jan 23, '04 03:58:15PM

thanks for the hint. I didnt know that you hold the mouse button down to grab colors OUTSIDE of photoshop.

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Eyedrop the Aqua widget colors in Photoshop
Authored by: Toc on Jan 23, '04 04:22:11PM


Use the DigitalColor Meter in the Applications/Utilities folder, it can grab colors from anywhere on the monitor.

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Hasn't anyone noticed....
Authored by: enigmamf on Jan 23, '04 11:10:15PM
In the DEFAULT BUILT IN Cocoa color picker,

You can click the Magnifying glass next to the color well, and select anything from anywhere on the screen as your color. Has anyone submitted that as a hint?

You can right-click in a text box in Safari, go to Fonts and Show Colors, and you'll see what I mean. (Did you know you can change the colors in text boxes such as these I type this hint into? Not that it does any good!)

But then again, Adobe is too good for the Cocoa color picker!

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Eyedrop the Aqua widget colors in Photoshop
Authored by: c0rinthian on Jan 25, '04 06:28:34AM

Although it is a groovy feature, this has worked in Photoshop forever.

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