Use Eyedropper Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use "Eyedropper Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
If you can't see it here, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6".
It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
Click "File" in the top-left corner of the window.
For this tutorial, let's click "OK".
Now, let's create a rectangle by clicking "Rectangle Tool".
Now, let's add "Fill" and "Stroke" colors to the rectangle.
Click the thickness drop-down menu and click "6 pt".
If the second rectangle is drawn, it will automatically have the same settings, such as color and thickness, as the previous rectangle.
You can return to the default colors by clicking the small revert icon just underneath the "Fill" and "Stroke" icons in the vertical menu.
The selected object will change to the default settings.
Now, create another rectangle.
If you want the new rectangle to be the exact same color and thickness as the first rectangle, you can click "Eyedropper Tool" in the vertical toolbar.
The "Eyedropper" tool icon looks like a pipette.
Click the original colored rectangle.
Since the new rectangle is already selected, it will automatically change its style to the same as that of the first rectangle. The style includes the "Fill" and "Stroke" colors and thickness.
Click somewhere on the empty space of the canvas.
This will deselect objects.
Click the "Default Fill and Stroke" small icon.
Let's draw another rectangle with "Rectangle Tool".
Change the "Fill" and "Stroke" colors for the fourth rectangle and set its thickness to "20 pt".
Click the empty rectangle.
Click the fourth rectangle.
The empty rectangle will change its style to the one of the fourth rectangle.
Delete all objects by selecting them and pressing "Delete".
You can also pick colors from existing images. "Eyedropper Tool" is especially useful when picking key colors from photographs to create palettes. To demonstrate this feature, let's import a photograph into Illustrator.
Click "File" in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Then, click "Open" in the menu.
You can also press "Ctrl" + "O" on the keyboard.
Then locate the image you would like to import.
Click it and click "Open". In this video, the image will be slightly bigger than the canvas.
By clicking "Scale Tool", you can resize it.
Please refer to the tutorial on how to scale objects
to see how it is done.
You can zoom in to the area you would like to pick the color from.
Click specific pixels of color.
It's recommended to use this tool especially when you are painting. You can transfer the color to another image or create a color palette. Using the tool will show a lot of surprises when you'll see the picked color as the "Fill" color. It may look much darker or lighter.
Then, double-click the "Fill" icon.
Copy the hexadecimal code next to "#".
This is the color code. It is towards the bottom of the dialogue box.
Click another tab with another document.
Double-click the "Fill" color.
You may want to draw and select the shape before applying the "Fill" color.
You can then paste or type the code into the "#" field.
This will select the exact color.
You can change the "Stroke" color too.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Eyedropper Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
Video: Use Eyedropper Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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