Sampling (or picking) colors

The act of color picking lets you sample colors within or outside Affinity Designer, then use them throughout your design.

About sampling colors

Color sampling appears in two slightly different forms within Affinity Designer. It exists as a 'component' of selected panels as well as a standalone tool.

Both versions function in slightly different ways:

Regardless of which you use, a sampled color is stored and applied from the swatch next to the color picker's icon on the Color or Swatches panel.

Color Picker Tool To use the Color Picker Tool:
  1. On the Tools panel, select the Color Picker Tool.
  2. Adjust the settings on the context toolbar.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • (For on-page sampling) Click to pick up any color on the page.
    • (For screen-wide 'magnified' sampling) Drag to select any color under a magnifier anywhere within or outside the app.
color picker To use a panel's color picker:
To apply a sampled color to an object:
  1. Select one or more objects.
  2. On the Color or Swatches panel, click the selector (e.g. Fill or Stroke) to which you want to apply the color.
  3. Click the swatch next to the color picker icon on the panel.
Color Picker Tool To automatically apply a sampled color to an object:
  1. Select one or more objects.
  2. On the Color or Swatches panel, click the selector (e.g. Fill or Stroke) to which you want to apply the color.
  3. On the Tools panel, select the Color Picker Tool.
  4. On the context toolbar, ensure Apply to Selection is selected.
  5. Do one of the following, to apply to selected objects:
    • Click a color on the page.
    • Drag to select any color under a magnifier anywhere within or outside the app.

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