6 Easy Tips For Using The Color Picker or Eyedropper Tools in Procreate

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

When you were using Procreate it may be a bit confusing to know exactly how do you use the color picker or the eyedropper tool in Procreate to pick a color that you want to use. Once you know how to use these simple tools, in Procreate, it will be easy for you to find the colors you need.

Using the picker or eyedropper tool in Procreate requires 6 easy steps as 1) locate the color picker or eyedropper tool 2) use your fingers to pick the colors, 3) move your fingers around the canvas, 4) keep your eye on the color picker circle, so you know what color you are picking, 5) add your color to a palette, and 6) see the color values.

If you follow these 6 simple and easy tips to find a color with the Procreate tool that will help you to find the right colors. You will also find it a very easy tool to work with.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 1: Locate the Color Picker or Eye Dropper Tool

To use the color picker or the eyedrop tool you simply need to hold down on the color that you want to specify. You can hold down using your pencil or your finger on the color.

For people who have worked in other programs like Photoshop or illustrator, it may be a little bit confusing to understand where the color picker or the eyedrop tool is when using Procreate. This is because there is no icon or any way to really know about the tool unless you are told about it.

You will see a circle show on the canvas to show what color you are now picking. If the color looks correct then simply release your hand to specify the color and you will see the color in the circle on the top right-hand side of your screen.

The bottom color, which is in this case is a red color, was the color that I had ready used for my color palette. You do not need to worry about this color as it may show up but Procreate has still specified the color I have pressed down on.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 2: Use Your Finger To Pick The Color

I have found using my finger on the canvas to be a much easier way to be able to find the color. Some people like to use the Apple pencil but I have personally had better luck using my fingers to specify colors than using the Apple pencil.

Maybe this is because I’m able to hold down a little bit harder with my finger to make sure the color picker does come up. But if you’re more comfortable or adapted to using an Apple pencil, then by all means do use the pencil to pick the colors.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 3: Move Finger Around the Canvas to Find the Exact Color

Sometimes when you press the color you may think is correct but it is not. This is especailly true if your canvas has a lot of shades of colors. I have found that many times I need to move my finger around the canvas to be able to find the color that you want to specify. This is also another reason why I prefer to use my finger as I find it is much faster and easier to use my finger to specify the color.

The color will only be specified when you take your finger off the canvas or off the screen. If you do not take it off but continue to hold it, it will not specify the color and will move onto another color where you have moved your finger.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 4: Keep Your Eye on the Circle and The Top Corner

One of the easiest ways for you to see what color you are specifying is for you to keep your eye on the color picker circle to see which color is now being picked. This is especially important if you are working with the canvas that has many shades of colors as this canvas I am using as my example.

I have found the easiest way to keep an eye on the color, is to check the color picker circle as you are moving your finger around. As soon as you find the color that you want then take your hand or pen off the canvas and the color will show on the color picker at the top right hand corner.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 5: Add to a Palette

Once the color is on the color circle in the top right-hand corner then you can either add the color to a palette or use the color immediately. Especially, if this is a color that you may want to use again for another project with Procreate.

Procreate does keep some history of some of your colors, but I suggest that you save the color once it has been specified so that you will not have to try to find it again or to specify it again. You can always delete the color from a palette if you choose but is much better to have on a palette than to try to specify it again.

Many times when I am working with many different colors and I am not sure exactly which color is correct, I may specify several colors and put them all on a pallet next to each other so I can see exactly which shade or which color I want. It is very easy to delete colors off a palette or to move colors of a pallet around.

If you do happen to forget to save a color to a palette you can go to the Value and under History, you can see if the color is there under the history section. Procreate will keep these colors for you for a while but they may not be there long term so we suggest saving them on a color palette if you’re going to need them.

Color Picker or Eye Dropper

Tip 6: You Can See All The Color Values

We use procreate to help us to find certain values of colors. For example, when you pick a color from a photo or from a canvas Procreate will show you some of the values for that color.

Here are some values Procreate will automatically show you for each color:

  1. HSB and RGB Value and Hexadecimal – Under the value section, you can very easily see the HSB, RGB, and a hexadecimal value for the color. It will only show the value for the colors that that is already specified in the top circle.
  2. Harmony View – When you check the harmony tab it will also show you some of the complementary colors for your color. You can press on the complementary color and add it to a palette if you want.
  3. Classic View – Under the classic view you can see where the color is and all the other colors surrounding it. You can move the bars underneath the bottom section of the color if you want to be able to change or adjust the color in any way.
  4. Disc View – Under the Disc View you can see where the color is on the color wheel if you prefer to work with the color wheel to be able to adjust the color.

We use these color values quite a bit in a lot of our design work. For example, if I am looking for a specific color for Adobe illustrator or Indesign and I want to know the hexadecimal value for that color I may input that color into Procreate and use the color picker to find the HSB, RGB, and hexadecimal value for that color. We find this color picker or eyedropper tool as a very easy tool to help us discover the values of a color.

The color picker or the eyedropper tool is a very easy tool to use with Procreate if you know how to use it. But one of the issues is that it is not a tool that you readily know about unless someone has shown it to you or you have read about how to use it even though it is a tool that everyone should know about who is using the Procreate App.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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