Use the Eye Dropper Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign
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    You can do it either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon once. Clicking it will bring up a list of the recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" if you see it on the list
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    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
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    Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type "Adobe InDesign"
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    Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6"
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    From the workspace, click on "File" in the top-left corner
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    You can move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
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    This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". Alternatively, you can click "Open..." to open an existing document from the "File" menu as well. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document.
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    Let's click "OK"
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    First, click "Rectangle Tool"
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    The icon is about halfway down the vertical menu. It looks like a simple rectangle. Alternatively, you can press "M" on your keyboard. In the bottom-left corner of the icon, you may notice a small black triangle, which indicates that when you click and drag the icon, a menu of similar tools will appear. Your cursor will change to a cross. Please refer to the tutorial on how to use "Rectangle Tool", "Ellipse Tool", and "Polygon Tool".
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    Click "File" and then "Place..."
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    Select an image and click "Open"
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    Place the image into the shape
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    For more information, please refer to our tutorial on how to place image files into a document.
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    After this, click "Rectangle Tool" and create the empty second rectangle
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Select the image. Click an alignment option in the upper-right corner of the window.
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    Now, click the second rectangle to select it
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    Then, click "Eyedropper Tool"
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    Click the image
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    It's done the same way as in Photoshop. This will select a color from the image as "Stroke color".
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    Then, click the empty rectangle
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    This will fill the empty rectangle with the selected color. "Eye Dropper Tool" is currently black, as if it's full of paint.
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    If we click the image again, the already selected color would apply to the image instead of picking the color
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    To select another color, hold "Alt" and click the image
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    Then, click the green rectangle
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    The new color will fill it. You can choose different colors to apply inside the empty rectangle. This is useful if we want to create a color scheme or palette from a photograph.
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    Click "Selection Tool" and select all of the objects
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    Press "Delete"
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    You will get rid of the objects.
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    Click "Rectangle Tool"
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    Draw a few rectangles
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    Remove the "Fill" color by clicking a small icon under two color boxes to the left
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    Click "Selection Tool" and click the first rectangle
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    Then, remove the "Fill" color for it as well
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    Make the stroke thicker
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    Change the line style
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    Change the "Stroke" color as well by using the options at the top
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    Click the second rectangle
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    Change the line style
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    Make the stroke thicker
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    Change the "Stroke" color as well by using the options at the top
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    Click away from the objects
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Click the first shape.
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    Click "Eyedropper Tool"
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    Click the second rectangle to copy the "Stroke" style and color
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    Now, click the second rectangle to apply copied "Stroke"
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    This works because the first rectangle has already been selected.
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    Undo the last action by pressing "Ctrl" + "Z"
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    Hold "Alt" on the keyboard and click the first rectangle
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    Click the second rectangle
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    This will apply the style to it. You can take both the color and style and apply them to the other shape. This is how it works in InDesign. Both color and style are copy-pasted (not just color, like in Photoshop).
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Eyedropper Tool" in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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