ACR brush color picker: pick color from screen?

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When using an adjustment brush in Lightroom or ACR, I often want to pick a color from the image. I thought I used to be able to do that. But now when dragging the cursor outside the box, whether using Ctrl, Alt whatever, I cannot pick up the color from the image.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm not aware of any way to pick a color from the image. CR doesn't have a full Color Picker, unlike Photoshop. Are you sure you're not thinking of how to use the Photoshop Color Picker? There you do drag from the Picker into the image to select a color from the image.

If anyone knows how to pick the color from a raw image in CR, I'd like to know how it's done and how you'd use it. Without blend modes, so no normal mode for a color, I don't see how it would work.  For instance, the only Color swatch that we can affect is the Color color swatch, but picking a deep blue won't color the item a deep blue. It only makes the original color much cooler. If I want it to actually be blue, I have to use the Tint and Temperature sliders, and that doesn't come with a color picker, only a white balance tool.
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Are you referring to picking color from the color chip? Are you running the latest version of LrClassic 7.1? It has a fix for an issue like that.
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The LR color picker is unintuitive -- you have to hold the mouse button down as you drag the cursor to the color in the image you want.  Here's how the Lightroom Queen describes it:

"To select a color tint from the photo, rst click on the Color icon to bring up the Color Picker. Click in the Color Picker and while holding the mouse button down, drag the cursor onto the photo itself. As you drag across the photo, Color Picker will update live to re ect the color beneath your cursor. When you release the mouse button, the color under the cursor will be selected in the Color Picker."
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Stephen Soukup

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Youtube is your friend as always. This should help and give a more visual description of how its done: