Use the Color Dropper tool to select and apply colors. The Color Dropper tool is located in the Toolbox. The Color Dropper can select colors from any object in a document.
Colors you select with the Color Dropper become the current foreground or background colors for painting and the current pen inks and fill inks for new vector objects.
This tool helps keep color consistency within a document and is useful for photo retouching. It can also help identify colors from documents imported into Canvas X Draw.
Select the Color Dropper tool to view the settings in the Properties bar. Select a mode. The mode remains set unless you change the setting in the Properties bar.
In vector or text objects, the Color Dropper selects object inks —color, gradient, symbol, texture, pattern, and hatch inks. It does not take into account transfer modes or transparency effects.
If you click an object’s stroke, you select its pen ink; if you click an object’s interior, you select its fill ink. In the case of paint objects, which do not have inks, the color you click is selected as a color ink.
For example, if you click a gradient ink with the Color Dropper, it selects the gradient ink.
In paint objects, paint colors are selected, not colors you see due to transfer modes, channel masks, or other transparency effects; i.e., if you click a black area that is 50% transparent, you select solid black.
This mode works the same whether you click a paint, vector, or text object. The color of the pixel is selected. The Color manager in the Attributes palette indicates the color values.
Select RGB, CMYK, or Grayscale. The Color Dropper converts any color you click to the selected color system. For best performance, choose the color system that matches the colors you are sampling; however, you may want to select a color system that differs from an image. You might do this to see the effect of a color conversion, such as RGB to CMYK for printing, for example.
With the Color Dropper selected, drag from the Canvas X Draw window to anywhere on screen. As long as you keep the mouse button pressed, the Color Dropper remains active; the ink icons in the Toolbox show you the colors the tool can select. Release the mouse button to select the color under the tip of the pointer.
While editing an image with a painting tool, you can quickly switch to the Color Dropper. Press Option to display the Color Dropper, and click to select a foreground color for painting.
The color you select becomes the current fill ink and background color. You can’t use this method to select the pen color.
Do one or more of the following:
The Color Dropper mode does not affect the application of colors. You cannot apply colors to paint objects using the Color Dropper tool.
Canvas X Draw lets you add inks from vector objects and text objects to the Presets palette. If a text object contains both a text fill and a background fill, only the text fill will be added to the palette. You can also add the inks of multiple selected objects; however, the inks from group objects and macro objects cannot be added.