Make Eyedropper tool usable in Color Picker dialog, which can pick colors from everywhere
Can you make the Color Picker have an Eyedropper tool that can select any color on the screen when you double click the swatch? Similar to Photoshop.
Also have the default in any way you reach a color picker be hexadecimal so it is easier to copy and paste the color to other programs, etc. It defaults in this section, but I cannot select any color on the board while this is open.
Happy to share that we will be adding Eyedropper tool to the Color Picker very soon.
Mayara França commented
This would be so useful, it's really annoying that the color picker from illustrator doesn't allow the use of the eyedropper
I've wondered if this existed and I just couldn't figure out how to access it because it seems like something that is so practical and useful that it MUST exist, but it looks like that is not the case.
Adobe, how have you developed so many useless features on your applications and haven't yet added a feature that should have existed since the inception of Illustrator?
This seems like a simple and obvious tool to have in Illustrator. There are tons of places where it would be useful, but just in case the developers don't understand why this should have been implemented years ago:
If I want to make a drop shadow and have it match an existing color in the document, if you open up the color too in the Drop Shadow dialog there is NO option to select a color from the document. No eyedropper.
Have had added the color as a swatch beforehand and then pick it from there
Copy and paste the color info (hex maybe) from an eyedropper sampled color outside of the dialogue and then go back into the dialogue and paste it.
Your software always feels stuck in the year 2005. This is just another example.
Additionally, Photoshop has an eyedropper as part of the Color picker. And then Color picker on XD feels the most modern as it lets you sample anything on your screen.
Anyway, please update this feature, and all of the rest of the antiquated features on this dusty piece of software.
Andrew Hainen commented
Furthermore: when I'm using the color picker for a stroke, why doesn't the color of the layer update until after I close the color picker? This feels extremely outdated and is frustrating
Andrew Hainen commented
Why can I not double click on the Stroke Fill and then use the eyedropper tool to select a color?
Wow, would't that be great!
I checked again. The eyedropper tool disappears once you move the cursor outside of Illustrator.
media temp commented
I really need this.
It's one of the most important tools I need in my workflow. But the current eye dropper tool often doesn't work (for picking colors). Also, it can only pick colors from Illustrator (when it works). It would be great to have a (dedicated) color picker than can pick up colors from anywhere on the screen, no matter what app, desktop or open browser page you want to take the color from.
Samuel Richards commented
I support this 100%.
Trent Lucier commented
I support this 100%. There must be at least half a dozen different color picker tools in Adobe Illustrator, and they all have inconsistent features.
Some have an eye dropper, some don't.
Some let you enter hex, some don't.
Some use the Photoshop-style color wheel, some don't.
This would be a great feature to add.
Valdair Leonardo Sgarbossa commented
I have the same issue - I'm on PC - Windows 10 Pro v 1909
Derek Jenkins commented
At least you have an eyedropper tool. Mine is COMPLETELY GONE!
L Coyle commented
I have always been able to drag the eyedropper tool outside of the illustrator window to sample colors - until v25.1
Now, all colors sampled outside are black or greyscale. I am holding shift to override the Appearance setting in Eyedropper options. This is a new bug.
I'm on MacOS 10.15.7
It's a problem on Mac as well now for both Illustrator and Photoshop. Can't do it after the CC 2020 updates. You used to be able to select eyedropper, and while holding it down you could sample out of the program. Extremely useful and time saving! However, something broke with CC 2020, and you can't do this anymore. So now you have to import the design into your workspace and then sample. Very inconvinent. Hope they fix this soon!
Yes ! Please ! Fix this ! Only illustrator behave like this, it doesn't happen in XD or Photoshop. It makes me mad every time I use illustrator.
Sampling colors outside of the Illustrator is impossible on Windows/PC.
When you drag the eyedropper tool to sample a color (for example from an image in another app or web browser) the eyedropper tool stops functioning correctly once outside of Illustrator. Its "sample" turns into pure black or white.
This has been a problem at least since version 23 (maybe older). Just updated to v 24.0.1 (Illustrator 2020), still persists.
The same feature is working perfectly fine in Photoshop.
OS: Windows 10 v1809 64-bit
Rob Hutchings commented
Just posted this in a specific eyedropper request (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-feature-requests/suggestions/38115490-eyedropper-tool-usable-during-color-picker) but this one has more support so will add here as well.
When re-writing the code for the eyedropper please look to make it available for selection from within the colour panel (it's already there on the gradient panel), and also the pop up dialog when creating a colour swatch. The reason for the later is so that it is easy to edit a swatch that is already in use in an existing file and replace the colour with something else sampled from elsewhere on the screen, be that inside the Illustrator app, or otherwise.