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8.6 The Dropper Tool

The Dropper tool allows you to pick a color (and, optionally, opacity) directly from any point or area of the drawing and assign it to the selected objects (or to selected gradient handles, 10.4.2 Painting). With this tool, you can use your own drawing as a palette, easily reusing colors you have once created for something else. It is also indispensable when you need to combine and blend vector objects with an imported bitmap.

The important thing about this tool is that when picking colors, it pays no attention to what object you click; instead, it simply takes the color of the clicked pixel in the rendered screen image. This means you can easily pick colors from bitmaps, stacks of semitransparent objects, blur fringes (17.1 ...

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