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How to use the Color Picker

The Color Picker (you might also know it as the eyedropper or magnifying glass) is a tool for selecting color from anywhere within the canvas. In some versions, you are not limited to the canvas for your selection.

Using the Color Picker in SketchBook for Desktop

There are three ways to access the Color Picker Color Picker, from the Color PuckColor Editor, or with the hotkeys Alt or I (for Win or Mac).

Color Puck’s Color Picker

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  1. Tap the middle of the Color Puck to access the Color Picker Color Picker.
  2. Tap Color Picker.
  3. Drag it over a color. The middle of the puck changes, displaying the current color.
  4. Click on the color you want to capture it.

Default Color Editor’s Color Picker

  1. In the Color Editor, tap the Color Picker Color Picker.
  2. Drag it over a color. The middle of the puck changes, displaying the current color.
  3. Click on the color you want to capture it.

System Color Editor’s Color Picker (Mac only)

In the System Color Editor, tap Color Picker to change the cursor to Color Picker. Move over and tap a color on your screen.

You can also select a color from outside of SketchBook when using the System Color Editor.

Keep in mind, if you don’t see the default system Color Editor, ensure you’re running SketchBook 8.2 or higher to access it.

If you are a SketchBook 7.3.x subscription user on Mac OS X, you can also solve this problem by downloading the latest version of SketchBook, which enables you to use the Color Editor from Mac OS X or from SketchBook.

If you need the subscription version of SketchBook 7.3.1 on Mac OS X, click here.

  1. Download both SketchBook 7.3.1 and SketchBook 8 installers.
  2. Uninstall SketchBook 8 (Delete folder).
  3. Install SketchBook 7.3.1.
  4. Rename the folder from SketchBook to SketchBook 7.3.1.
  5. Install SketchBook 8. When it is installed, it will be ‘versionless’ and in a folder called SketchBook.

SketchBook 7.3.x uses a magnifying glass for the Color Picker.

Using the Color Picker in SketchBook for Mobile

There are a few ways to access the Color Picker, depending on the version of SketchBook you are running. If you want to turn off the Color Picker, look in your General preferences.

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users, there are few ways to access the Color Picker.

1. Do either of the following:

  • Tap and hold on the screen until the cursor changes to Color Picker.
  • In the Color Editor, tap Color Picker. The cursor changes to Color Picker.

2. Tap-drag the Color Picker Color Picker over a color to select it.

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users using the marking menu

  1. Tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad and select The Color Picker icon from the marking menu in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook to quickly access the Color Picker.
    A magnifying glass (Color Picker) appears in the center of your canvas.
  2. Tap-drag it over a color. As the cross-hairs in the center of it move over a color, you’ll notice the color of the outer ring change to that color. When the outer ring is the color you want, lift your finger.

The magnifying glass in the iPhone version of Autodesk SketchBook

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users, there are three ways to access the Color Picker.

1. Do any of the following:

  • In the Brush Palette, then tap Color Picker. The cursor changes to Color Picker.
  • Tap and hold on the screen until the cursor changes to Color Picker.
  • In the Color Editor, tap Color Picker. The cursor changes to Color Picker.

2. Tap-drag the Color Picker Color Picker over a color to select it.

Using the Color Picker in SketchBook for Windows 10

There are a few ways to access the Color Picker:

  • Tap the center of the Color Puck, then Color Picker.
  • In the Color Puck, tap Switch to Color Editor to switch to the Color Editor, then tap Color Picker.
  • Use the Alt/I hotkey.

The magnifier immediately appears on the canvas. Tap-drag over the color you want. The magnifier comes in real handy when needing to select a color from a very small area.

Example showing the Color Picker's magnifier

Updated on October 20, 2017

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