Eyedropper Tool: What, Why, When?

Last Updated on March 21, 2022 by

Adobe Photoshop is a pixel-based photo editing software. It was created by Adobe Inc. and is available for both macOS and Windows. You can use Photoshop to create or edit images, posters, banners, logos, invitation cards, and other graphic design projects. Various tools are available for editing and designing, and one of them is the eyedropper tool.

Using the eyedropper tool in Adobe Photoshop is one of the simplest things you can do. It is commonly utilized by all Photoshop users, including digital painters, editors, and others. You can select a color from an image or from any Photoshop document by using the Eyedropper tool.

Or in other words, the eyedropper tool is used to extract color from a given image and utilize it in whatever way you desire, such as the background, foreground, and so on. Eyedropper tool’s graphical representation is as follows:

NOTE: It is important to note that the eyedropper tool’s icon will change if the Caps lock is on to a + sign with a circle in the middle.

Steps to Use the Eyedropper Tool in Photoshop

Step 1: The first step is to open an image in Photoshop as shown below:

Step 2: In a Tools Panel or Color Panel, click the eyedropper tool on the toolbar, or use the keyboard shortcut letter I.

Step 3: Place your mouse over the image and click to select the sample image after selecting the eyedropper tool. In the picture below, you will see a ring appear on the screen:

The foreground color is visible, and the color of the sample ring corresponds to the color of the eyedropper tool’s point. The color changes as we move the cursor. Thus, the eyedropper tool is very useful to pick several colors from the picture.  

Why the Eyedropper Tool?

The eyedropper tool is commonly found in all graphic design tools and provides numerous advantages to users. Users sometimes forget the exact color code for the color they want to fill in. Therefore, they use this tool to pick and fill the image with just the color they desire.

When to Use the Eyedropper Tool

It is possible for you to know the exact RGB or CMYK values for every color you wish to use. In this case, the Eyedropper isn’t necessary. When you don’t know the exact numbers for color, though, the Eyedropper will find them for you promptly. You can use the tool to find the precise color you want. You can use this to match colors in an existing image. After that, you can add text or artwork in a complementary color. 

Sometimes the Eyedropper comes in handy, even when you don’t need to perfectly match a color. Many graphic artists keep track of their favorite colors in case they need them again. When you notice color in a photograph that you want to remember, simply open the image in Photoshop and use the tool. You can then note that #fb6666 is your favorite deep coral color, or that you’d like to combine #e37222, #078898, and #66b9bf in website design someday.


Although Photoshop has a number of useful tools, the Eyedropper is the most helpful instrument for some customers. The Eyedropper is easy to use and has a lot of significance.

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