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Sample Any Color From Anywhere

It is an easy task to grab the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop and pick a color from anywhere in your open document. Just click anywhere in the document window to choose a color from within the image.

But how do you pick a color from somewhere else on your screen? Maybe from that web browser window or open Word document elsewhere on your screen?

Just click within your Photoshop document first, and then drag your Eyedropper tool directly to the object from which you would like to sample a new color. When you release the mouse button Photoshop will sample the color from that spot. This works in Adobe Illustrator too!

Rotate Your On-Screen View

Photoshop logoIf you have ever worked on an image or graphic in Photoshop and just could not get your hand to follow the line you need, this tip will be like gold for you. Been there? Twisting your wrist in an odd way or tipping your head to get everything lined up so you can follow a line just right? Do that too long and things are going to start hurting, really.

New to Photoshop CS4, you can now rotate the image on-screen view. Just hold down the “R” key and then click and drag in your image view. As you drag in an arc across your screen the image view rotates to the angle you choose. You are NOT actually rotating the image file itself, just your view of it on screen. Photoshop even displays a compass like graphic for you, so you can always keep track of where the top of your document really is.

With one small variation, you can also rotate your view in 15 degree increments. Hold down the “R” and Shift keys together, then click and drag. Your on-screen view will snap to 15 degree steps!