P: Unable to select a color swatch in the color picker when text is highlighted

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Mentor ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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If a text LAYER is selected and you enter the color picker, you are able to select a text color from the Swatches panel. But if some text is HIGHLIGHTED and you enter the color picker, you are unable to select a text color from the Swatches panel; the computer just beeps at you. There's no reason this shouldn't work. It used to work in previous versions of Photoshop.

 

I am aware that, if you have some text highlighted, you can change the color of the text by clicking on a color swatch without entering the color picker. This is nice, but it should not be the only way to change the color of selected text.

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Adobe Employee , May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022
Hi Kris, Sorry, I've confirmed the behavior changed between 2019 and 2020 releases. I've asked engineering to take a look. 
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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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Yes i see that on both mac and windows with photoshop 23.3.1.

 

It does work in Photoshop cs6 .

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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Hi @Kris Hunt,

Curious what happens if you sample the color picker by holding the OPT key, holding down while mousing from canvas to panel?

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Mentor ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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The Cancel button changes to the Reset button when the Option key is held down in the color picker.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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@Kris Hunt,

It seems this is as designed per the team. If you think this behavior should be changed, please create a post in Ideas where others can vote on the suggestion.

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-- Cory

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Mentor ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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So they went out of their way to disable what once worked? Did they say why?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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I'm sorry @Kris Hunt , I would not have that information. As I said before, if this is a feature that you would like added back in, please create another post for this in the Ideas thread.

 

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-- Cory

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Mentor ,
May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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So an Adobe rep contends that the Photoshop developers made a conscious decision to remove the ability to assign a color swatch to highlighted text from the color picker, and rather than admit that it's a bug, suggests I add it as an "idea" to improve the app. So here's an idea: what if you unbroke the ability to assign a color swatch to highlighted text from the color picker? I think that would be a fantastic addition to Photoshop.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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You can use the keyboard shorcut opt + delete or alt + backspace to quickly change it to the foreground color. 



Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Adobe Employee ,
May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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Hi Kris, Sorry, I've confirmed the behavior changed between 2019 and 2020 releases. I've asked engineering to take a look. 


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Jun 29, 2022 Jun 29, 2022

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请看视频。Photoshop 2019及以前版本的拾色器可以为选择的文字拾取颜色,而Photoshop 2020及以后的版本拾色器无法为选择的文字拾取颜色,这个bug在Windows和Mac版本中都有,请修复一下。

Please watch the video. The color picker of Photoshop 2019 and earlier versions can pick up colors for the selected text, but the color picker of Photoshop 2020 and later versions cannot pick up colors for the selected text. This bug exists in both Windows and Mac versions, please fix it.

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