One of the advantages of using a drawing app like Procreate is that you are not limited in terms of colors – you can get any color you can think about. Sometimes, you need to choose a specific color for your illustrations – but how can you make sure to pick the right color?
In this tutorial, we will learn how to color match in Procreate using the Eyedropper tool – which allows you to instantly sample a new color from anywhere on your canvas.
Assign a gesture to the Eyedropper
Before we start, you need to make sure that you have an assigned gesture to the Eyedropper tool in the Gestures Control panel. To do that go to:
Actions > Prefs > Gesture controls > Eyedropper > Touch and hold
Of course, you may always choose a different gesture for the Eyedropper tool, but “Touch and hold” is the easiest to use and most Procreate artists stick with this gesture.
Sample color with touch-and-hold
To sample color with the Eyedropper tool, simply tap and hold anywhere on your canvas to invoke the Eyedropper.
Once the Eyedropper is active, drag it to any place on the canvas. When the Eyedropper tool is enabled you would see a circle with two loupes – the new color you just sampled will be displayed on the top half and the current color on the bottom half. To start using a new color just simply release it by lifting up your finger.
Now, you can use the color or you can save it in your palettes. That way, you would always have that color ready and won’t need to select it again.
Sample Color by Holding Modify Button
You can also sample color by holding the Modify button on the sidebar. Once you click on the Modify button, you will notice that the Eyedropper tool will appear on your canvas, and now you can move around to find the color you want to match.
Just like in a previous method, the Eyedropper tool will display the new color on the top half of the loupe and the current color on the bottom. To select your new color, simply lift your finger.
The Eyedropper tool and color matching feature that it brings is absolutely great when you need to use a specific color from a reference image or need to match the exact color on the canvas.
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