Selecting Colors

Set foreground and background colors by clicking on the appropriate tile and choosing a color from the Color Picker, as demonstrated in the example below.

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Selecting foreground and background colors using the Color Picker

Press X if you want to switch the foreground and background colors. Press D if you want to revert to a black foreground and white background.

The Eyedropper Tool (/) lets you sample another color from your image, and set this as the foreground color. In fact, it's actually possible to sample colors from anywhere in your display and even from other applications outside of Photoshop. Simply click inside the document window, then drag the cursor to the color you wish to sample. Click to select that color.

Eyedropper

Press X if you want to switch the foreground and background colors. Press D if you want to revert to a black foreground and white background.

The Eyedropper Tool also allows you to set the background color. To do so, hold down the Alt key (Option key on a Mac) as you select colors using the eyedropper. If your Swatch palette is open, use the Ctrl key instead (Command key for Mac users).

The Paint Brush, Pencil, Paint Bucket and any of the other painting or drawing tools can temporarily be turned into the Eyedropper Tool by holding down Alt (Option).

The Hand Tool (H) moves your canvas, which is handy (pardon the pun!) when you're zoomed in to an image, or have a very large document open.

What's even handier is the fact that you can invoke the Hand Tool while you're using any other tool (except the Text Tool) by holding down the spacebar. This is a neat way to position your image exactly where you want it without having to chop and change between tools to do so.

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