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Secret Photoshop eyedropper trick blows people's minds

Ever used a tool day-in, day-out, but only recently discovered its full potential? That's exactly what happened to artist Jane Ng (opens in new tab), who found out that you can use Photoshop's eyedropper tool to pick colours outside of Photoshop CC (opens in new tab) itself.

In what might be one of the most succinct Photoshop tutorials (opens in new tab) we've ever seen, Ng was shown how to use the eyedropper tool via Twitter. After tweeting her frustration at being unable to pick colours beyond Photoshop into the void of social media, she was amazed to hear from designer Timothy Kempf (opens in new tab) that you can actually do just that! His revelatory tweet read:

"You have to *start* the color selection within PS, but it can *end* wherever you're able to move your mouse to."

The news prompted Ng and other Photoshop users to freak out. New colour picking possibilities were now available to them, and all it took was a single tweet to be shown the way.

Ng's original tweet was:

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And the reaction to Kempf's revelation on Twitter (request to follow him to see the original tweet) is detailed below:

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.