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What does the pipette tool do and why use it?

The pipette is an analytical tool used to determine the exact color on or part of an image. When sampled by the pipette tool, the resulting color is displayed as a hexadecimal code at the bottom of the tools selection bar when the pipette tool is selected and the color is changed in the foreground color square at the palette menu.

 

Why sample colors?

You might want to sample colors in a picture or graphic for various reasons:

  • Color matching. For example, recoloring a section of a picture with an exact color that has been sampled from another source or part of the picture… like for recoloring eye pupils (see my eye coloring tutorial) or recoloring other objects like a car to new color;
  • Analysing other peoples work for educational purposes to see what colors they have used, for example, in web based graphics such as banner advertisements;
  • For creating your own graphics (such as borders, text, backgrounds and gradients)and using interesting sampled colorsrather than using the standard 40 predefined Photofiltre colors on the palette (or swatch).


How to use the Pipette tool for color sampling.

The pipette tool is found on the right hand side tool bar at the top and looks like an eyedropper. When selected, the hexadecimal color code box will appear at the bottom of the tool bar and the cursor will change to the pipette tool shaped like an eyedropper.

To use the pipette tool you will need to have opened a picture or graphic, then position the pipette tool over the area you wish to color sample, then left mouse click.

Select pipette tool and left mouse click to sample color on this flower

Select pipette tool and left mouse click to sample color on this flower

When sampled the hexadecimal color code will change and the matched color will be displayed in the foreground color palette.

When sampled the hexadecimal color code will change and the matched color will be displayed in the foreground color palette.

Gathering multiple colors from one image.

One good photograph can yield a range of spectacular and interesting colors. This Hibiscus flower photo which I took from my garden supplies an excellent range of interesting reds, pinks, greens and yellows for example.

Earthy ochre oranges and browns from gravel stones

Earthy ochre oranges and browns from gravel stones

 Sources of colors

Photos of natural objects can provide some interesting colors. Basically anything such as flowers, trees, any plants, rocks, sky, insects etc etc are worth considering to sample colors from.

Some natural sources of colors that can be sampled

Some natural sources of colors that can be sampled

Man made sources of color can include junk as well haha! Recycle those colors before you throw them out.

Man made sources of color can include junk as well haha! Recycle those colors before you throw them out.

 

Adjustment of custom colors using the color mixer.

Having sampled and selected various colors, Photofiltre allows you alter or adjust the colors by using the color mixer. To bring up the color mixer dialogue box click on the foreground color square in the color palette

With the mixer you can make fine adjustments(or big ones if you like) to the selected color. Adjustments to hue, saturation and luminosity may be done.

You may also add this to a palette of custom colors as well…but unfortunately the custom definitions are cleared when you exit Photofiltre. I guess this means writing down the hex color code manually if you need to refer back to it sometime in the future 🙁

You can input the hex color manually by selecting the pipette tool and entering the hex code and press enter.

About Photofiltre.

Photofiltre is a comprehensive photo editing programme for Windows PC’s and best of all it’s free. While sufficiently powerful to do most photo editing jobs, it is amazingly easy to use when compared to Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro… and in addition is wickedly fast loading.

Photofiltre homepage.

Photofiltre download page


3 Responses to “How to sample colors with Photofiltre’s Pipette Tool”

  1. Bengbeng says:

    You are doing well. There are so many ads

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks BengBeng. Blog is getting better all the time :-). All the best for 2009 for you and your family. Regards Jeff.

  3. thanks youu says:

    ive been tryingg to figure out how to do this forever. thanks so much (:

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