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Chapter 10. Color and Fills > Using the Eyedropper and Paintbucket

Using the Eyedropper and Paintbucket

The Eyedropper and Paintbucket tools work together to make adding color fills and outlines quick and easy. You use the Eyedropper Tool to sample or pick up the desired color, pattern, or texture from an object that's already filled. Then you use the Paintbucket Tool to apply that color, pattern, or texture to a different object's outline or fill.

To sample a color:

Select the Eyedropper Tool from the Eyedropper flyout on the toolbox (Figure 10.8).

Figure 10.8. The Eyedropper flyout holds the Eyedropper and Paintbucket Tools.

The pointer changes to a small eyedropper. The property bar displays Eyedropper Tool icons (Figure 10.9).

Figure 10.9. Choose a mode for the Eyedropper Tool from these property bar icons.

Click one of the following icons on the property bar to set the sampling method:

  • Fill/Outline. Click to sample the entire fill or outline of an object. For example, if the fill is composed of a pattern or texture, the entire pattern or texture is sampled. If the fill is a solid color, the sample will be that color.

  • Size. Click to sample an area of a specific size in pixels (1x1, 3x3, or 5x5) and then combine the sampled colors.

  • Selection. Marquee select an area using the Eyedropper Tool, combining the sampled colors.

On the document page, click the fill or outline in the object you want to sample.

The color, pattern, or texture is displayed in the Fill box on the right side of the status bar (Figure 10.10).

Figure 10.10. The sampled color, pattern, or texture is indicated on the status bar.



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