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Color Picker Tool

Name Change

The Color Picker tool was called the Eyedropper tool before Photoshop Elements 11. 

Use

You use the Color Picker tool to select colors. 

Do the following.

1) Select the Color Picker tool.

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2) In options bar/Tool Options, select one of the three choices for how much to sample.

Most often, select Average (5 x 5).

This choice averages the color of twenty-five pixels near where you clicked.

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3) Position the Color Picker tool cursor on your photograph over the color that you want to select.

• To change the foreground color, click.

• To change the background color, press and hold Alt, and click.

More About the Three Choices

One Color

When you need a particular color, select Point Sample.

The sample size is one pixel.

An Average of the Colors

Often, an area on your photograph looks like a single color.

However, it may consist of several colors.

For example, a cheek on a portrait may be pink.

If you select just one of the pixels on the cheek, you may get an orange or a red.

Therefore, set the Color Picker tool to average the color of a larger area.

3 by 3 averages the color of nine pixels, and 5 by 5, 25 pixels.

You can select colors from outside Photoshop Elements.

Select a Color from Outside

Photoshop Elements

Do the following.

1) Select the Color Picker tool.

2) Position the cursor on the photograph that's open in Photoshop Elements, click and hold.

3) Move the cursor to the color on the source that's outside Photoshop Elements, such as a website.

4) Release the mouse button.

The color is now the foreground color.

To change the background color, press and hold Alt, when you press and hold the mouse button above.