Photoshop: Ability to re-map or remove the HUD color picker keyboard shortcut

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When I'm working on my laptop, I try to minimize the number of palettes onscreen (including the layers palette). One of my most-used maneuvers is control-option-command-clicking on an element in my file to take me directly to the layer upon which it sits.

Since CS5, the HUD color picker is invoked with this key-sequence when I'm using the eyedropper or text tool (control-option-command-clicking still works as I prefer when I'm using, say, the move tool).

I don't use the HUD color picker, but I'm not sure how to disable it without disabling "Enable OpenGL Drawing" in the "Performance" prefs screen (and giving up all the other OpenGL goodness found therein). Any suggestions?
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Jesse Mellon

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Foster Brereton, Programmer

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As far as I know in CS5 there is no way to disable the HUD color picker, nor is there a way to remap its keys. This sounds like a great suggestion to post as an idea so we can track it as such going forward.
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Ah, oops. I'd accidentally posted this as an idea originally, before switching it to a question. I'll edit it to make it an idea again. Thanks.
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Cool. Thanks Jesse. Being able to swap questions/ideas is one of the things I like about the GetSat platform.
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Jesse Mellon

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Hmm, except I can't seem to edit now (maybe because the title was edited by an admin?).
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Possibly. I'm still learning the system and what different user roles have control over. Since I'm an admin, I flipped the bits for you. Thanks.
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David Dobish, Senior QE Photoshop

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Hey Jesse, Foster is correct that there is no way to disable the HUD color picker when you have the eyedropper selected. We do include a way to disable the color ring around the eyedropper. That pref can be found in the tools options bar for the eyedropper. Uncheck "Show Sample Ring"
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You can get the list of layers under the cursor with a CMD+Control+Click... just move a notch to the right and it is selected... Is that much of a nuisance?
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Ah, good point. That might work in a pinch, although it means a different command depending on what tool is currently selected (as I still prefer Control+Option+Command+Click for direct selection where possible). Thanks though -- I'll see if that takes :)
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The CMD+Control+Click option is a decent work around but the extra step does interrupt the flow quite a bit.

I tried disabling OpenGL entirely but that doesn't seem to work. The HUD Picker is gone, but the Control + Option + Command keys now do nothing!

At the very least, I would have expected it to revert to the old behavior.
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Sheryl Hohman

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PLEASE allow me to Remap HUD color picker "shortcut" !!!

Have you Ever Tried Shilt-Alt-Right-Click on a Windows Laptop, using it’s trackpad.
Then, have you tried to hold those keys in place whilst moving another finger along that trackpad to select a color?
Then, have you tried to add yet another finger to the hold space bar while moving the cursor between the two HUD sections?
Are you able to move the cursor with Any precision?
Can you hold any of this long enough to move the cursor anywhere where you need it.
Have you been able to hold out long enough to get the right color?

I can’t! My fingers hurt. I loose it, long before I get anywhere near a color I like.
My hands crumble, and a god-awful color is chosen. I can’t even ctrl-z back to the color I had before my hands became crippled. Now I lost a color, and my hands are cramped.

How is this a new “Feature” when it is unaccessable to contortions of the human body.

Mac users are given a slightly better shortcut, given the layout of my computer -I can’t stretch far enough to the right-trackpad button. Though I’m not entirely convinced that their version of the shortcut would be childs play on my laptop, I would _gladly_ opt for this combination over the one you have given me.
I’m sure it is at least doable!
Deems the long joked about the one-off, single-keypress Ctrl-Alt-Shift-J-E quite easy.

Is Remapping IMpossible? Or can we replace the standard color picker (although we would then loose a couple of its features, namely save to swatch, and print/web re-mapings)
How about a Button..

I tried mapping (keyboard shortcuts): Tools-foreground color picker to a shortcut (I chose .), but this just brings up the standard color picker. I found NO entry for HUD in keyboard shortcut remapping dialog.
Even in the preferences menu, there was no mapping option.

Please make this fabulous new feature useable to the rest of us !

Thanks
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Sheryl Hohman

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I found APssistant in the Adobe Exchange that purports to do just this!

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange...

I have not tried it yet, but am anxious to do so.
Installation directions are missing, but it is probably straightforward. I am surprised that it is listed as an action, rather than a plugin or script of some sort..

The developer notes on the exchange site that there is a more current version, but it must be downloaded from within the app. I am curious if there is a reason the latest version hasn't passed Adobe review, while the older version did.

It looks like the source code is available to those so inclined by following the "view sample" link on the Adobe Exchange site (I believe you can download the latest version directly from there as well).

Finally, I found a site where the author hosts the current APssistent version, and where users and the developer have an active comment section, so it should be a useful resource for questions or problems encountered in using this.
http://millionart.deviantart.com/art/...

Thanks, hope this helps someone.
Even moreso, I hope Adobe incorporates something similar ;)
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Just select the move tool 'V' and try the ctrl-alt-shift right mouse button again. Multiple layer select works as intended. End panic ;)
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Jesse Mellon

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Switching to a different tool via key command takes me out of my workflow, which is something I'm trying to avoid.

The beauty of the control-option-command click behavior is that I'm able to toggle to layer-selection mode temporarily (with the same tool still active upon release of those keys). It's a small thing, but multiplied over years of work, it's a real time-saver for me :)

I'm still able to do this with many tools; just not when I've got the eyedropper or text tool active.

My original question was whether there was a way to re-map keys so the HUD color picker wouldn't be invoked when using the control-option-command click maneuver when the eyedropper tool was active (and instead, taking me directly to the layer upon which I'd clicked, as with when other tools are active).

I've been switching to the move tool before control-option-command-clicking in the meantime, via the "v" key command. Definitely not panicking (I still love the application), but it's an extra step I'm resigned to.
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@Jesse
I understand what you mean. But you may consider your workflow. Setting up a grid, and coloring are 2 different pipes in my workflow... Setting the context with the tool shortcuts, works for me, to focus on the job at hand...

I asked Deke Mcclelland on Dekepod if there is a solution ;)
Settings > General > Color picker HUD > Disable - would be a nice quickfix.

@Adobe
The Color Picker HUD should be added to the keyboard shortcut list, which gives power back to the user.

To make the HUD really useful (context webdesign), it should add a recently chosen color swatch strip at the bottom.
But this is really off topic, but a real workflow pusher.

I will keep an eye out for a solution. For now reverting to 'V' is the best way to go. You will be used to it within a week or so.

Sincerly yours,
Niels Kijf
http://nielskijf.me