Quick Tips


You can now access the color picker right on the fly in Photoshop CS5 by holding down Control-Option-Command as you click in the canvas area. It will pop up the color picker allowing you to move around the palette and select a color.



  1. Chris 23 May, 2011 at 10:54 Reply

    I am a PC user, but Shift+Alt+Right Click doesn’t work…is there a setting or something I have to change or activate?

  2. Anthony 2 June, 2011 at 15:21 Reply

    I’m having the same problem that Chris is having. Shift+Alt+Right Click doesn’t bring up the color picker. Any suggestions?

  3. José Gonçalves 14 July, 2011 at 07:42 Reply

    In preferences CRTL+K on the Performance tab see if the ENABLE OPEN GL DRAWING is enable. Without that Hud Color Picker, Sampling Ring and some more new options that use GPU power, simply don`t work.

  4. Elizabeth 15 August, 2012 at 15:52 Reply

    I’m working in CS5 on a PC and still can’t figure out how to get my HUD color picker open on the fly. Shift+Alt+Rt click doesn’t work so I tried to find the ENABLE OPEN GL DRAWING in the Performance tab of my preferences window but I can’t locate that either … any other suggestions?

  5. Elizabeth 16 August, 2012 at 15:57 Reply

    I think I realized why I don’t have access to the HUD color picker – its because I only have the standard version the CS5 Creative Suite – is this correct?

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