How to use the color picker in illustrator?


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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7/27/2013 4:40:00 PM

If I understand properly, you wanted to use the color picker 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:

  1. Open Gradient tool panel

    Window –> Gradient

    or press Command/Control+F9, if you're on MacBook Pro etc you should use Fn+Command/Control+F9

  2. Select the object with applied gradient

  3. Click once on the color stop you want to change

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  4. Click on the Eyedropper tool or press I

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

You're done.

12/2/2016 3:56:00 PM

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