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How can I color picker for the gradient tool to sample a color? It seems the color picker does not work like photoshop does where you can pick a color from the existing canvas, but have to know either the exact hex ect? Example here, is I am trying to pick a color for the gradient tool, the picker does not show up when I hover my cursor over the canvas so I cannot select a color. Is there any way to sample outside the color picker tool?

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Thanks saved me a lot of time SOOOO frustrating not being able to colour pick ANYTHING like in Photoshop – user25909 Jun 12 '14 at 0:10
If the colour must be on a swatch before you can use it then why can't illustrator pop it on a swatch on-the-fly for you while you are working? I don't want to have to stop all my shape formations to use the eye dropper tool independantly, it's stupid and I'm finding Illustrator fiddly all over compared to PShop. – user30621 Sep 30 '14 at 14:20

If you must, you can use the eye-dropper tool to load a color in the color well.

It's better to get in the habit of using swatches. Then you know you have right values throughout. For gradients you simply drag a swatch onto the swatch tab on the gradient slider.

Illustrator has a big leg up on Photoshop with global colors. If you check this option, you can change the color throughout your document by simply editing the swatch.

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Interesting, it looks like I can use the eye dropper to load in the color well and then drag and drop to a swatch which then I can select from the gradient. – user1676691 Jul 28 '13 at 18:32

If I understand properly, the OP wanted to use ColorPicker for Color stops of Gradient Tool.

I place here a solution because it looks very useful and not straightforward considering many questions in Google (and my 10 minutes self-updating research).

The workflow is:

  • Open Gradient tool panel


or press Command/Control+F9, if you on MacBookPro etc you should use Fn+Command/Control+F9

  • Select the object with applied gradient

  • Click once on the color stop you want to change -

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  • Click on the Eyedropper tool or press I

  • Press Shift+Click on the color of one of the objects you want to apply it to the color stop.

You've done.

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I was wondering the same thing, which is why I landed here. Then I noticed that the color # is highlighted in the box, so I tried copy/paste and found that it works. Copy color # in the picker from one object, then choose the desired object and double-click its fill-color box and then paste the # into the blue-highlighted color # box.

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Hi sam suppa and welcome to the site. This doesn't work for what the question is asking. You have to make the color a swatch before you can pick that color when making a gradient. You are just copying the color for solid objects only. – AndrewH Dec 2 '15 at 19:25

The colorpicking in Illustrator has a wastly different function than colorpicking in Photoshop. It ultimately comes down to the differences in what your doing. In illustrator your basic primitive is a drawing object, in photoshop its a pixel. If you develop pixels its natural to be able to pick up pixel properties which are naturally limited to one color and maybe alpha. If you develop objects its not so clear.

You could take the stance that you in fact want to pick object properties, this is what both Illustrator and Indesign assume. But in reality youd want to be able to pick both object color, visible pixel color and anyhing in between. But short reason why you can not do this is that Illustrator does not really have a color picker at all it has a appearance picker but sice this is the closest equivalence its called the same. But since its not exactly a conguruent idea its s not behaving simillarily in all cases. For example you can use Illustrators color picker to pick a gradient since a objects color might be a gradient or a texture. Therefore it cant be used as such to pick just a color.

This is to say that theres no reason why the gradient context couldnt pick colors but then the dialog is not modal, and a new picker code could would need to be deviced just for this context. So if your willing to sacrafice functionality for design fragmentation and upkeep cost fine... But adobe hasnt really wanted to do this.

Dont expect two different things tonbe the same. SO ie most things there is a upside and downside in most things.

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