Sampling (or picking) colours

The act of colour picking lets you sample colours within or outside Affinity Photo, then use them throughout your design.

About sampling colours

Colour sampling appears in two slightly different forms within Affinity Photo. 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 colour is stored and applied from the swatch next to the colour picker's icon on the Colour or Swatches panel.

Colour Picker Tool To use the Colour Picker Tool:
  1. On the Tools panel, select the Colour 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 colour on the page.
    • (For screen-wide 'magnified' sampling) Drag to select any colour under a magnifier anywhere within or outside the app.
colour picker To use a panel's colour picker:
To apply a sampled colour to an object:
  1. Select one or more objects.
  2. On the Colour or Swatches panel, click the selector (e.g. Fill or Stroke) to which you want to apply the colour.
  3. Click the swatch next to the colour picker icon on the panel.
Colour Picker Tool To automatically apply a sampled colour to a vector object:
  1. Select one or more vector objects.
  2. On the Colour or Swatches panel, click the selector (e.g. Fill or Stroke) to which you want to apply the colour.
  3. On the Tools panel, select the Colour 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 colour on the page.
    • Drag to select any colour under a magnifier anywhere within or outside the app.

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