Using an Eye Dropper Tool in Slides or Drawings

Sometimes, especially when I’m creating a drawing or a presentation, I feel the need to copy a colour as closely as possible from another image or web page. This is especially true when the content includes e.g. logos, corporate colours or other owner-specific graphics.

This is where an ‘eye dropper’ tool becomes useful – I have one added as a chrome extension (several are available, try a few and pick your favourite).

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By selecting Pick color from web page I can the click on an image or web graphic to upload my target colour into the extension. To help, the little square swatch shows what colour is currently under the cursor:

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Next, by opening the colour picker in Drawings or Presentations, and selecting Custom… (as described in this previous post) I can simply paste in the code in #RRGGBB format:

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I’m now sure that the colour I’m using in my slide or drawing is an exact match to the colour I took from the source image.