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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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. 



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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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