Photoshop: Colour Sampler & Adjustment Layers

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The colour sampler tool (not eyedropper) and info palette need and option to sample 'all layers' - so that with multiple adjustment layers it reads out the same value regardless of which adjustment layer you are active on.

The problem is at the moment you only get the sum value of all the adjustment layers in the info palette if you flatten the image or add a blank layer above the adjustment layers - this only apples when using multiple adjustment layers.

Be great to see this added in Photoshop.
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Tee Hauser

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Michael Orts, Employee

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This functionality exists already in Photoshop CS5, if I understand you correctly. You can place a color sample on the image and the value will reflect all of the adjustment layers so long as their visibility is active.
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Chris Cox

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Color samplers in Photoshop read the color of the flattened image - with all visible layers included. When you target an adjustment layer, they do read out the before and after values for that adjustment layer.

Could you provide more details about what you're seeing and what you need?
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Tee Hauser

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Thanks - for the replies. I've added an image of some screenshots that explain more clearly.
I think what you describe Michael is what I would like to happen and what I would expect.
What you describe Chis is what is happening - but this seems to run against the idea of the sample all layers option for the eyedropper (although I'm also concerned with the colour sampler).
The situation comes up when using multiple adjustment layers - but need to have an info value read out of the final value the image will have when it's flattened.
Take a look - I hope the screen shots make it more clear what I'm observing (the values in the adjustment layers are just nominal to give an example.
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Rocky Bomgaars

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This was a functionality change when the Adjustments Panel was introduces, and it drives me nuts every time I perform 'manual' color matching between layers. The color sampler info used to show the color reading of all layers, but now it only shows the color info of the currently selected layer; as Tee's screenshot clearly illustrates. Please fix!!!!