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I'm not sure what may have happened in my setting, but the color picker tool is not picking up my selected color. It's taking my desktop screen background color instead. For example, I need a color from an image in another window. I select the color picker, click and hold the left side of my mouse, drag over the mouse arrow over the image in another window, instead of picking the image color, its taking the color of my desktop background. Is there something in the setting I need to change? I hope I'm making sense. I really need help and would really appreciate some advice. Thanks

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With the Image layer selected and colour picker tool selected, there will be a context menu just above the image and an option to select the source, change that to current layer. Failing that try restarting Affinity Photo.


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I think it’s worth adding to what firstdefence said above by saying that the Context Toolbar options for the Colour Picker are only available via the Colour Picker Tool from the Tools panel and not from the other Colour Pickers that are available elsewhere in the application, e.g. in the Swatches Studio. (Just in case there was any confusion.)

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@mandisa222, are you using a Mac, & if so which macOS version are you using?


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I changed it to current object. I closed out and re-opened and the source auto set to Global. When I changed it back to current object, it's still picking up my screen background. 

I took an image (color wheel image) and place it on my artboard. I selected the color picker and tried several colors off of the image and the color that picks up is black. No other color. 

If I try from another window (internet image), the color picker picks up my desktop background colors. 

Should I uninstall and reinstall?

I'm running-  macOS Catalina Version 10.15.3

 

Thank You guys so much for helping. 

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1 minute ago, mandisa222 said:

Thanks for responding. macOS Catalina Version 10.15.3

Unfortunately, as I am not running Catalina I can't tell you where to look but as I understand it, somewhere in Catalina you may have to give Affinity permission to use the color picker outside its own window.

Hopefully a Catalina user knows what I am talking about & can help with that.


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30 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Unfortunately, as I am not running Catalina I can't tell you where to look but as I understand it, somewhere in Catalina you may have to give Affinity permission to use the color picker outside its own window.

Hopefully a Catalina user knows what I am talking about & can help with that.

wouldn't be this you are talking about would it?

 


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It's in System Preferences - Security and Privacy - Privacy - Screen Recording. Unlock and make sure the Affinity apps are checked.

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Cheers,

H

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Added detail to location of prefs panel

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