Adobe Flash color picker feature I want also put in Photoshop.

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I use Flash and Photoshop a lot, more so Flash. In Flash when you click and hold down on the fill color, you can drag onto any area on the screen and pickup that exact color. I would like to be able to do the same exact thing in Photoshop. Right now in Photoshop when I click and don't let go my color picker window pops up. I only want to get this when I click and let go. If I click and not let go I want to be able to drag across the screen and pickup colors on my screen.

I just made some color adjustment layers to a photoshop file making it more yellow and I wanted to be able to click and drag onto that area to compare it to what I was before, but I can not do this in Photoshop. If I were to save a jpg of each and bring them then into Flash I could do this. Please Adobe, put this Flash feature in Photoshop!!
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In most cases you can press the option/alt key to get the eyedropper, or use the 'I' key to switch to the eyedropper tool.
And if you just want to see what the color values are, look in the info palette.
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I understand how to get the eyedropper tool. My issue is that I have many layers some of which have alpha channels with varying degree of transparencies and color adjustment layers. I want specific areas to be colors the client wants. If I were to select a specific layer and eyedrop that one layer, it will give me a color. If I were to select another layer and eyedrop that same exact spot it will give me another color. The only true way to do what I am trying to do is to flatten all layers and then select that area with the eyedropper, but I need my layers.

I want to have the ability I have in Flash to drag and select over an area on the screen or canvas to see a specific area's color while still maintaining all my 15-20+ layers. This color I eyedrop over will be the exact color I see on screen in RGB/CMYK and Hex code. Flash has the ability to do this, so I would like this feature added to Photoshop.
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The eyedropper can get color from the target layer, or merged layers, or ignore adjustment layers (in CS6), etc.

You've already got the same capability for sampling color (and have had, for many years) - it just works differently than Flash.

Now, as for screen vs. document color - that will only happen if you try to turn off color management (if you find unpredictable color acceptable). Otherwise Photoshop will show you the color values that are actually in your document, not the values for the display (which will vary from display to display).