Jenn and I recently got a comment from one our readers asking how to grab the RGB values of a color you like anywhere on your screen using Photoshop. Well, no problem! We pointed her to our post at Scrappers Work under the date of ……

Hmmm. There is no post with that subject!

But Jenn and I KNOW we wrote that; it’s one of our most popular Quick Tips. So where was it?

At Jenn’s old designers blog – Scrapkitty Design (

WOW! We had forgotten all of the great tips there! So we will be bringing back the great ones here at Scrappers Workshop.

Here’s the first one – How to Grab a Color Anywhere on Your Screen using Photoshop:

See a color on your screen that you just love and want to use it in a layout? Use Photoshop or Elements to grab it.

Here’s how:

With Photoshop or Elements open, create a new document of any size – I usually make a small little box of 1? x 1?.
Resize your Photoshop or Elements window by clicking on the Restore Down button on the upper right of the window:


Drag your window around until you see the color you want to grab (You can drag the edges of the window to make it smaller or bigger).

In Photoshop or Elements, hit the “I” key to select the Eyedropper tool.


Click inside your blank document and hold. Now drag the mouse around the screen – any color that is below the mouse will automatically be filled as your foreground color! Drag the mouse over the color you want – now you’ve got your color!

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Jenn and I have a lot of exciting posts coming in the next few weeks so if you haven’t already please subscribe so you are always up-to-date!

So how did you like this tip? Leave us a comment on this one or any other topic we can write about.

Till next week – Keep Scrappin’


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Stan brings to the site a long career in the photo industry from working as a professional photographer to 13 years with Kodak to his present position asDirector or Marketing with Advanced Photographic Solutions color lab.Having spent all his adult life in the photo industry, Stan discovered the wild world of digiscrap through wife Jenn (better known as ScrapKitty Design). Even 12 years of teaching Photoshop and digital imaging to photographers didn't prepare him for the wild and wooly world of digi-crops, so he sticks to teaching classes and writing about photography and PS/PSE on their blog Stan and Jenn are transplanted Yankees in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and would not live in lake effect snow again if you paid them.


  1. Beckygtx says:

    Another one I did not know. I think I better go back and look at her old blog again! Thanks!

    Beckygtx’s last blog post..I have a freebie for my scrapping friends

  2. Jamie says:

    I don’t know if posting a link to your blog was ok but I’m making a list of blogs I visit on my blog. Please let me know if you want me to remove it. This is what I did :

    I just love your site.

  3. Linda says:

    Oh YAY!!! So glad you’re bringing them over here too! I’d love it if you would bring them ALL over – there are such great ones over there and it would be soooooooo handy if they were all here, all in one place. I loved this one but forgot how to do it and was never able to find it again… totally forgot about the tips section on Jenn’s old blog! Thanks for sharing it again.

    • Stan says:


      We are going to make you wait…… We’ll bring over the really good ones every week or so but we have a lot! Here’s a special gift – YOU get to pick the next one! Go to Jenn’s old blog and let us know the title and the date.

  4. Heather says:

    Great tips Stan! If I ever get PS, I’ll come here and absorb before I try to use it. :o)

    Heather’s last blog post..An Overload of Pictures

  5. Thank you for this tip!!! It’s really useful 🙂

    Magdalena (m2m)’s last blog post..For Marta

  6. I love these tips you share 🙂

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  7. Laser says:

    Well, live and learn! I didn’t know this trick. I always thought it had to be another PS document that I could get the color from.

  8. Ellie says:

    Great tip!! TFS 🙂

    Ellie’s last blog post..Hoppity Hop! Freebies Galore!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much Stan and Jenn. I did get both of your replys, but I have been so busy preparing for major back surgery. But when I saw this come through, I had to respond. Hopefully I’ll never forget this tip again!! I love all your tips!!! Keep ’em coming!!!

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