How to pick colors from Web page directly from Photoshop and Illustrator

There are numerous of Browser addons and free softwares to pick colors from a Web page but you can simplify process and pick colors directly from Photoshop and Illustrator and save them as well as swatches or even as new set.

Run Photoshop and adjust window size

First of course you will open Web page with colors you are interested in. Run Photoshop and minimize its window, then adjust size navigating cursor to any window edge or corner, when cursor turns into double sided arrow click and drag to adjust window size.
Minimize Photoshop window

Next thing you can do is to move Photoshop window in side to see better page and colors on it.
Move Photoshop window

Open document you are working on or create new one. Make SWATCHES panel visible on the right side of screen.

Use Eyedropper tool to pick color from Web page

Select Eyedrooper tool (I) then click somewhere in canvas area, hold down mouse button and navigate over color on the page then release left mouse button.
Use Eyyedropper tool to pick color from a Web page directly from Photoshop

Save Color Swatch

To save picked color as new swatch preset navigate cursor over right side of SWATCHES panel to turn into Paint Bucket tool then click once.
Save color swatch in Photoshop

Color Swatch Name dialog will appear, give a name to the swatch and click OK to save new color swatch. Continue picking colors in the very same way.
Type name for new color swatch

When you are done picking colors my advice is to open Preset Manager and save picked color swatches as new set. Select all color swatches you want to include in set then click Save Set button.
Save new set from Preset Manager in Photoshop

Pick Colors from Web page directly from Illustrator

To pick colors directly from Illustrator repeat steps described for Photoshop. Make COLOR panel visible in both application to ensure you are picking right color.
Pick color from a web page directly from Adobe Illustrator

Save Color Swatch in Illustrator

In Illustrator save new swatch from COLOR or SWATCHES panel menus. When you save an Illustrator file, you also save all swatches in the Swatches panel. To save new library first select all swatches you do not need and drag them to trash icon then open SWATCHES panel menu (see screenshot below) and choose Save Swatch Library as AI…
Save new color swatch in Adobe Illustrator

Photoshop / Choosing colors

Products used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS5


  1. Thank you for the step-by-step. I've read this is easy to do but hadn't read a clear explanation before.

  2. @zennia you are welcome. Nothing changed in new CS6 version, anyone who is using new versions can use this tip.


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