Photoshop: Show separate text colors instead of question mark

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The situation as it is right now:

When you've created a text that contains more than 1 color, the color picker now shows a question mark with all the text selected.

Wouldn't it be great if it showed the separate colors instead?

That would give you this: When you've created a text with Red and Black, you can change all of the red parts at once, without having to select the separate words all over again...

I would love it. :)
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Joost de Haas

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Chris Cox

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The color picker for the text tool can only show one color. Ok, maybe it could be made to show 2, but then what does it do when you select three letters in different colors? And four. And sixteen. And so on.

Right now the color control has 2 states: single definite color, and indefinite (multiple colors selected). Anything more complex than that is going to need a much more complicated (and larger) UI.
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I get your point. Though I think there's an elegant way.

This idea could be extended, into not only showing separate colors, but also separate fonts, font sizes and font styles of a selected text.

That could be a list, inside a panel.

Whenever you select text, the panel shows you a list that looks something like this:

[color] helvetica black, 12 pt
[color] times, 14 pt
[color] times bold, 14 pt

That list could be infinite, just like the layers panel, showing you the separate font styles of your selected text. you can then change these separately, and the corresponding text will change with it.

What do you think? :)