Photoshop: Add option to Info window to sample color of an active layer

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When using eyedropper tool to obtain a pixel color of an active layer the info window shows different color values than the eyedropper (see picture below). This is because the eyedropper captures a pixel color of an active layer but the info window the color of the pixel after merging all layers. In this situation the info window acts confusing because it shows the values that the user does not expect or preferably need to know. I therefore propose that in such a case the info window should either display the colors of the active layer or offered the option to sample the current layer.
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MilP

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I agree. But there are 100 other bugs/behaviors with the sampler/info panel which also need to be fixed. Unfortunately, they've been issues for more than a decade now, so i wouldn't get my hopes up...
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MilP

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You are probably right. Thanks for the support anyway.
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MilP

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I would like to explain in more detail why this feature is important to me: Sometimes I have to analyze colors of the pixels relating to certain layer that are too dark to see. I add an editable adjustment layer (brightness/contrast or levels) to the image so I could see these pixels. Unfortunately, I cannot use the Info window for checking the colors because the analyzed layer is certainly not the uppermost. The uppermost layer is an adjustment layer. So the only way to analyze these pixels is to use the eyedropper tool with the function to analyze the current layer, however, I cannot determine the color of pixels on the fly. Instead, I have to click on each pixel in order to check its color in the Color window. Such a method of analyzing dark pixels works but it is not user friendly.