Photoshop: Text Eye Dropper Tool

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As a web designer using Photoshop daily to mock up comps, this would be an incredible feature that I have long thought useful.

Essentially the feature in InDesign already exists. If you have a type treatment set to go already in your document, you could use the text eye dropper tool to sample the attributes and apply it to the desired text. The addition of paragraph and character styles in PS CS6 are a step in this direction, imagine adding a text eye dropper to this as well! I believe this would be a widely welcomed feature by many. Please consider.

Thank you.
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Jesse Drujon

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Howdy Jesse,

It sounds like what you want actually IS part of type styles. If you have a section of your document which has text that's "set to go" all you have to do is select that text and create a new paragraph style. You can now reapply that paragraph style anywhere else you'd like in your document.

When you select a formatted run of text and create a new (paragraph or character) style, you're doing Style by Example. In the case of a paragraph style, the exact formatting of the run is captured for re-use later in a paragraph style. In the case of a character style the formatting applied to the run of text is compared with any previously-applied paragraph style or, if one isn't used, then the default paragraph style (Times New Roman, 12pt, black, left-aligned, etc) with any difference incorporated into the resulting character style. In both cases, your manual overrides are removed, so as to allow you to make further formatting edits later. You can think of these two tools as the text eye dropper with a memory.

And in the case where you don't want to clear the formatting in a location, just put your cursor within the run of text and without selecting anything, click a new paragraph style. Your style will still have the attributes of a Style by Example, but you won't have cleared the overrides.

I hope that helps; if you have questions, please let me know!

Thanks,
David