P: Automatically select HEX value when opening color picker

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Participant ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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When the color picker is opened, the red field is automatically selected. It's very, very rare that I'd want to copy the red component of a color. However, I copy the HEX value very often. Usually it's to copy a color, then paste it into another picker, like when I'm copying a shape's fill color.

It'd be great if the hex field was automatically selected when the picker is opened, saving several clicks (four clicks when copying and pasting a shape's fill color).


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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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If we did that we'd probably want to have the HEX value above the H: field so the tabbing order remained somewhat consistent and reads left to right like a book.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Participant ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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I'm all for that. I agree that tab order is important.

It's probably worth noting that being dropped into the red (R) field is what happens now—a field that's in the middle of the tabbing order, not the start.

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Participant ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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How's this? HEX is now top left field, plus I've had a crack at some other tweaks.


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Notes:
- Colour swatches for current and new are bigger than previously.
- Window size is similar to the one in CS5.
- OK and Cancel are now bottom right of the dialogue. This is usually a good thing as bottom right is considered the end of the page/window and the place people look for the buttons to save changes.
- Older (current) colour is on the left, which is usually seen as being the past by left to right readers.
- New colour is on the right, which is usually seen as being the future by left to right readers.
- HEX field is top left.
- Color Libraries and Add To Swatches have a little more breathing space (text only just fit previously). The extra space may aid with localization, too.
- Lots of things line up, where they didn't previously.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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nice comp! I would switch the HSB section with the RGB section, because the RGB values belong to the hex values, and the HSB values belong with the Lab values (IMO). otherwise, it's a good idea.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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Looks nice.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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I like that a lot. This would be very useful. I've contemplated bringing up that layer fill/colors should be possible to copy/paste, or that you could even have a color for an entire folder of layers that you could change globally.

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Participant ,
Apr 06, 2011 Apr 06, 2011

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@Joergen Geerds: Very good point. I completely agree.

Also, maybe it's time Web Safe Colors was removed?

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New Here ,
Mar 21, 2012 Mar 21, 2012

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I'm begging you, I would love this.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 21, 2012 Mar 21, 2012

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+1 From me. Great design.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 21, 2012 Mar 21, 2012

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You know you can do that from the color panel without even opening the color picker.

Or right click when sampling with the eyedropper tool.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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Yes, this small thing would be amazing! At the very least make it default to the last used field.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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HSL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Explorer ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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Yes please. Would love it if the hex values were capitalized as well. I frequently need to cut and paste from this dialog into an annotation document, and uppercase hex seems to be the preference of the developers who receive it.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2012 Apr 14, 2012

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I see no need to leave off the Web Safe option. I still use it on occasion, like when I'm using a limited spectrum of greys.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2012 Apr 14, 2012

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I applaud this idea. Yes to auto-selecting the HEX field, or at least providing an option to select it in Preferences.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 26, 2012 Apr 26, 2012

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I'm all for the HEX field being the field selected by default. It seems like it might be more broadly useful than defaulting to the R (Red) field. Frequently, however, I do work on projects that never use HEX as the color basis and it seems odd to specify a change that only serves web-centric workflows. Unless, of course, an option existed that would allow for user-specific tweaking...

In that vein, what I've long wished for is a "Remember last highlighted field" behavior that I could toggle, because there are times when I've had to make large numbers of iterative changes to one or two specific fields (such as when tweaking a single hue across a saturation range) where having the HEX field auto select would be equally as annoying as it is having the R field do so.

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2012 May 02, 2012

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It would make much more sense if the Adobe Color Picker automatically selects the HEX color when it is displayed, making for much easier copying and pasting. Currently, the R value (RGB) is selected field every time the color picker shows.

HEX values are the only fully universal and portable color value between applications, why not add this functionality?

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LEGEND ,
Jun 17, 2012 Jun 17, 2012

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This is a perfect layout, honestly its surprising Adobe didn't make a change like this years ago, and I hope they do soon!

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2012 Jun 21, 2012

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Brilliant. Love it (i.e., selecting hex field, and your revised dialog layout).

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 12, 2012 Oct 12, 2012

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Good job, Marc! Adobe . . . please take note!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 18, 2012 Oct 18, 2012

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A small improvement that would speed my workflow up is to have the HEX field selected when the colour picker opens.

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 18, 2012 Oct 18, 2012

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I agree, it's a nice layout . . . but I feel like putting the color-picker area on the right is too jarring a change. I wonder if Marc put it on the right just to be different, or if there's logic to it.
In a world that reads left to right, it seems most practical to put higher priority things leftmost. For any color-picker dialogue, I think the color-picker area is highest priority and should therefore be on the left, the text fields on the right, then the main dialogue buttons (OK, Cancel) underneath them.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 18, 2012 Oct 18, 2012

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I agree that the highest priority items should be on the left, and I think that's exactly why Marc put the color picker area on the right. I agree with his choice.

Most of the time I open this dialog it's to copy/paste from the hex field or to tweak one or more of the numeric fields. In contrast, I rarely ever use the picker area. And when I do use the picker area, having it on the right plays quite intuitively into my right-handedness since I'm usually in more of a painting mode of work & thought—kind of like dipping into a color well.

But really, when I am painting I prefer a more pure color-picking / color well experience anyway, so I almost always use the HUD Color Picker introduced with CS5.

To sum up:
- I use the color picker dialog window when I want numerical color control, so having the text fields at the left seems better then.
- When I do want an actual color picker experience, I just use the HUD Color Picker anyway—having a color picker area on the dialog window seems more a convenience and legacy-support option to me.

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Contributor ,
Dec 13, 2012 Dec 13, 2012

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This is in the 13.1/13.0.2 retina updates.

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Participant ,
Dec 16, 2012 Dec 16, 2012

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Excellent! Great to hear.

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