August 04, 2010

Quick tip: Turning off the color sampling ring in CS5

Photoshop CS5 introduced a color sampling ring (see screenshot) that shows one’s previous foreground color as well as the one being clicked. If for whatever reason you don’t like the ring, you can select the eyedropper tool, then uncheck the “Show Sampling Ring” on the Options Bar.

Posted by John Nack at 11:52 AM on August 04, 2010


  • Jaddie Dodd — 3:36 PM on August 04, 2010

    Will that give me back the Option-Control-Shift keyboard shortcut for visually adjusting brush hardness?

    (Option-Control still works for brush size, but something changed in CS5.)

  • Colin Fleming — 3:46 PM on August 04, 2010

    Jaddie Dodd—

    In CS5:
    Control-Opion drag left/right resizes your brush size.
    Control-Opion drag up/down changes brush hardness.

    —Been there since April! ;-)

  • Michael — 4:08 PM on August 04, 2010

    @Jaddie Dodd: You can move the mouse cursor up/down to adjust the brush hardness or left/right to adjust size.

    • Jaddie Dodd — 6:45 PM on August 06, 2010

      Is that Michael Ninness, the shortcut master?

      If so, it’s good to hear from you again. I saw you at Macworld New York in ’99.

      If not, thank you, anyway, kind sir. I sincerely appreciate the education!

      Time for a new Power Shortcuts book, no?

  • Thomas — 5:27 PM on August 04, 2010

    a HUD will do across any application

  • norman sanders — 7:03 AM on August 05, 2010

    I believe the sampling ring would be a lot more useful if the outer ring would automatically match the luminosity of the chosen Foreground Color sample.

  • Jerry Harris — 9:22 AM on August 07, 2010

    Norman, thanks for the suggestion.

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