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Zak StoltzAfter Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:19:45 pm

This is driving me crazy. Any time I'm working with ANY effect, clicking on the color picker doesn't do anything. Nothing. It's as though I didn't click it at all. However if I click on the color swatch next to the color picker and THEN select the color picker from inside that window, it DOES work. I have no idea why this happens.

I am occasionally able to get the initial color picker to work if I double/triple/14x click on it at lightning speed. But that's not something I'm interested in doing more than never again.

Any ideas?


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:29:08 am

Which version of AE and which effect's eyedropper are you using?

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Zak StoltzRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:49:54 am

Ah yes. Working with CS5.5 and it's literally every effect that has a color picker.


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:09:30 am

That is strange! Not knowing better, my first culprit of choice would be OpenGL. Conduct a little mini investigating to see if such is the case.

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Zak StoltzRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:42:44 pm

Ding ding ding! We have a winner! When I turned off OpenGL at first, it didn't do anything, but then I restarted my computer and the color picker worked like a charm. Then I turned OpenGL back on, and everything still works. Just had to reset it I guess.

Thank you Roland!!!


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Joakim HelgerRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Nov 16, 2012 at 7:30:40 am

I found that it was another application (spotify) who made the eyedropper fail. It probably uses openGl in some odd way. Try turn off all other applications if it fails again. I didn't even have to restart AE, it simply started to work again when Spotify was terminated.


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Zak StoltzRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:28:19 pm

Ahhh. That is very interesting. The problem has been coming back every now and then, and I have definitely had Spotify running in the BG almost constantly since I got it earlier in the year... Will have to keep an eye on that. Thanks for the insight!


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Wolfgang PurkhauserRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Aug 17, 2013 at 6:36:18 pm

You are a genius :D
I was going crazy with this bug for hours now, turned off spotify and the color picker worked again immediately!
Thanks a lot


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Bill CarsonRe: After Effects Eyedropper/Color Picker Not Working
by on Jun 10, 2016 at 6:02:47 pm

I'm going to follow up many years later. Yes, it's Spotify for me as well. Shut it down, instantly good to go.


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