Last modified on 18 April 2013, at 08:25

GIMP/Colour Picker

The BasicsEdit

Default colour picker tool settings.

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On the right side you can see the settings for the colour picker. Here's a short description of everything there:

  • Sample average - set whether to pick average value from pixels within some radius (1 to 300px) of the selected point.
  • Sample merged - set whether to merge the colour from all visible layers and pick that (i.e. to pick the colour as seen).
  • Pick mode - modes, see below.
  • Use info window - set whether you want to see the info window, see below.

Pick ModeEdit

The info window.

There are four modes in the colour picker tool. Here are their descriptions:

  • Pick only - only picks a colour, doing nothing to it (information dialogue must be turned on);
  • Set foreground colour - picked colour is used as foreground colour;
  • Set background colour - picked colour is used as background colour;
  • Add to palette - adds the colour to the palette, especially useful while creating palettes;

Ctrl switches between Set foreground colour and Set background colour, when either of these is active.

Info WindowEdit

Shows an info window, with two columns of information - you can choose for both of those these options: pixel, RGB, HSV and CMYK, with pixel and RGB being active by default. Shift toggles it on and off.


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