You can choose a color from anywhere on your desktop—even outside of Photoshop—with the Eyedropper tool. First click anywhere within your Photoshop file. Then drag the cursor to the place on your desktop that contains the color you want to select. Release the mouse button when the color you're looking for appears in the foreground color swatch.

TRY IT You can also change the foreground/background color by "mixing" a color in the Color palette. Choose Window I Color and click the triangle in the menu bar. Select the mode you are working in (CMYK sliders, RGB sliders, and so forth). Insert values (from a Swatch book or preexisting mix) or use sliders to achieve your desired color. The selected Foreground or Background color box will reflect the color you are mixing in the Color palette.

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