Adobe Photoshop Help
The default foreground color is black, and the default background color is white. (In an
alpha channel, the default foreground is white, and the background is black.)
Using color settings in the toolbox
The current foreground color appears in the upper color selection box in the toolbox; the
current background color appears in the lower box.
The Info palette, the Color palette, and the Adobe Color Picker let you display color values
using a number of color models. (See “
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To change the foreground or background color:
1 Do one of the following:
To change the foreground color, click the upper color selection box in the toolbox.
To change the background color, click the lower color selection box in the toolbox.
2 Choose a color in the Adobe Color Picker. (See “
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To reverse the foreground and background colors:
Click the Switch Colors icon in the toolbox.
To restore the default foreground and background colors:
Click the Default Colors icon in the toolbox.
Using the eyedropper tool
The eyedropper tool samples color to designate a new foreground or background color.
You can sample from the active image or from anywhere else on the screen.
You can also specify the area sampled by the eyedropper tool. For example, you can set
the eyedropper to sample the color values of a 3-by-3-pixel area under the pointer.
Modifying the sample size of the eyedropper affects the color readouts displayed in the
To select the foreground or background color:
1 Select the eyedropper tool .
2 To change the sample size of the eyedropper, choose an option from the Sample
Point Sample to read the precise value of the pixel you click.
3 by 3 Average or 5 by 5 Average to read the average value of the speciﬁed number of
pixels within the area you click.
3 Do one of the following:
To select a new foreground color, click in the image. Alternately, position the pointer
over the image, press the mouse button, and drag anywhere on the screen. The
foreground color selection box changes dynamically as you drag. Release the mouse
button to pick the new color.
To select a new background color, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) in the
image. Alternately, position the pointer over the image, press Alt (Windows) or Options
(Mac OS), press the mouse button, and drag anywhere on the screen. The background