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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

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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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