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David Taylor
foreground/background color picker reversed
on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:32:15 pm

Alright this is driving me crazy, somehow I've reversed the behavior of the foreground/background color picker. now when I click on a swatch or choose a color with the eye dropper it goes to the background color instead of the foreground color! How do I get it back to the former behavior?

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David Johnson
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Feb 28, 2010 at 5:55:50 pm

There's a button in the tool bar with a two-sided arrow ... it's right next to the foreground and background color indicators.


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David Taylor
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Feb 28, 2010 at 8:34:18 pm

no, that button and the shortcut key (x) just switches the foreground to the background color and vice versa. What I'm talking about is when I select a color from the swatch palette it goes to the background color instead of the foreground color. I can press the command key to make it go to the foreground color but this is reversed from the way it used to be.

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David Taylor
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:03:00 pm
Last Edited By David Taylor on Feb 25, 2015 at 5:45:44 pm

Okay, I finally found the answer searching over at Adobe's site:


http://www.photoshopcafe.com/cafe/viewthread.php?tid=50679

EDIT: The above post is no longer online, scroll down a few replies in this thread and see the picture I posted below, that should clear it up for you. I'm still using CS4 so I'm not sure this is still an issue for the most current users.



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David Johnson
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:37:03 am

Sorry I misunderstood your question ... although I've been using Photoshop many years, I usually only frequent the After Effects forum so I guess I'm too accustomed to questions like "what does this error message that says 'not enough RAM' mean?". ;~)


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Ami Waite
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on May 9, 2011 at 2:57:27 pm

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for posting this answer. I've been checking around for a few minutes and was getting really frustrated with the "click the double arrow button" answer. I appreciate you taking the time to repost this link instead of leaving the rest of us to the "click the double arrow button" elitists.


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Heinzi Schmolke
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:19:10 am

I have the same problem with the color picker, but the link with the solution is dead :( could you please explain what the original post said? Thank you :)


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Dan Lawrence
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:09:38 pm

I registered to post this! Here is a cached version of that page with the solution (thanks Google)... This had me scratching my head for about half an hour!

Thanks to MutantPixel for the solution:

"The eyedropper tool whether directly selected or temporarily selected via 'ALT' with the brush tool feeds what it samples into the ACTIVE color. You can set the Foreground color as active, or the Background as active. If someone were to accidentally click on the BG color swatch itself in the color palette, they would set that one as the active color. It all still remains foreground and background, however, if the BG is set as active, then all future eyedropper samples would update the BG color instead of the FG.

Give it a try, open the color palette, click the color that is the BG color, you'll see the grey square around it is now black, it is now the active color (likewise the FG has a grey outline now) Whenever you sample with the eyedropper, it will sample to the BG color. Want to switch back to sampling the FG color. just click that little FG swatch and it will work the way you expect. It has been like this since ver. 2 of Photoshop, when I started using it."


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Heinzi Schmolke
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jul 12, 2011 at 7:16:14 pm

Woah! I've never noticed that there is a selection border in the color palette :D

Thank you so much!


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carmen tedesco
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:07:34 pm

thanks, i have been living with this headache for months....


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Xiao Me
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Dec 8, 2011 at 8:01:21 am

Thanks! It's been ages in the other way and I didn't know how to solve it!
Thanks!!


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Maureen Karcher
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Apr 4, 2014 at 2:12:50 pm

Thank you so much! I have been looking for the answer to this forever! Nothing on Adobe site, nothing on Google. Thank you thank you thank you!


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Charlotte Winroth
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Feb 27, 2015 at 4:16:03 am

YEAY! Thanks you clever people who made my life so much easier now! X) <3


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carmen tedesco
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:01:52 pm

can you paste the answer, as the post has been removed.


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Rick Sebeck
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jan 3, 2012 at 3:17:36 pm

Can you please post the answer here? The link doesn't work anymore. It's driving me CRAZY TOO!!!!

Editor


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David Taylor
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jan 4, 2012 at 4:59:18 pm

Select the Color palette and click on the foreground color to highlight it. For some unknown reason your background color is highlighted causing this aggravating condition.



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Corrie Parks
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Nov 15, 2012 at 11:01:03 pm

Brilliant. Thanks for posting the screen shot. Exactly what I needed.


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Kalyana Raman
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Nov 1, 2014 at 10:19:33 am

How to reverse foreground and background color only to foreground in cs5


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Raheel Ahmed
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Feb 27, 2015 at 12:33:09 pm

Hi Guys,
I had faced the same problem but came up with a simple solution:

1- Just go to your "C:\Users\User name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop \Adobe Photoshop Settings
2- Backup your "Adobe Photoshop Prefs file and delete it.
3- Restart Photoshop, it will create new preferences file.

Enjoy :)


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Leyen Filmor
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:32:39 pm

Thank you very much!

Yeah, baby!


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Gurur laloglu
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Sep 25, 2015 at 4:30:57 pm

Guys!plzzz i didnt understand whats the solution is im searching since 2 hours can u explain more easy?


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David Taylor
Re: foreground/background color picker reversed
on Sep 25, 2015 at 5:17:24 pm

look at the screen shot I posted above.

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