Just as most of us take for granted clean water and fast food, we give little thought to the fact that Photoshop offers an eyedropper. Press the I key to get it. Then click in an image to sample a color and use it elsewhere. The tool is simple, ubiquitous (the target adjustment tool is the most recent derivation), and it’s not even an Adobe invention. When Photoshop first set the Macintosh world on fire 20 years ago (three years in advance of the PC version), all 12 of the program’s competitors offered some kind of color-dipping “dropper.”
But a couple of years later, after Photoshop proved itself the only pixel editor with a future, its eyedropper was virtually the last one standing. And just picture a world without it! Even the most run-of-the-mill JPEG image offers 16.8 million color variations. Imagine the time you would waste if you had to dial in every one of those colors numerically or select it from a science lab-style color field. And as the video shows, lifting a foreground color is merely one of the eyedropper’s many abilities.
For those of you tracking the contest, this week’s winner is ovityons, who guessed “The eyedropper tool” within 15 minutes of the contest going live. Congratulations, ovityons!
Now it’s time to guess Feature #7. Hint: You can’t save this trio of functions, but they can save you. (How’s that for a riddle?)
Given the increasing popularity of the contest, I’ll be instituting a couple of changes this time around:
- As was the case last week, all dekeOnline members will receive an email invitation to submit an entry for the contest. Join dekeOnline now to receive a reminder and an invitation to next week’s contest!
- Because there is no entry link on the website and you have to wait to receive the newsletter to submit an entry, it’s only fair that I even the playing field by abandoning the first-correct-guess-wins rule. Instead, I will select a winner at random from the correct entries. Bear in mind, however, that the Feature #7 contest closes at end-of-day (midnight Pacific time) Monday, March 1.
Meanwhile, this week’s sample file features two base photographs that I call Girls and Swirls. Girls is file #15824273 from Jerome Dancette; Swirls is file #2939603 from Bill Ardern. Both hail from the Fotolia image library. For an exclusive dekeOnline deal, click this link.
(For a list of all Photoshop Top 40 videos thus far, click here.)
Photoshop Top 40 is available as a downloadable podcast from iTunes. Click here to subscribe. dekePod subscribers will get the videos automatically.
Best of luck on Feature #7!