Photoshop: Ability to select exact color value

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I work exclusively with color and assuming this doesn't already exist and I just can't find it, I'd really love a way to input a specific color value to select only pixels matching that exact value rather than a range.
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You didn't say which product you were using.

But in Photoshop, the magic wand tool can do that by setting the tolerance to zero, set it to point sample, and turn off antialiasing. Contiguous can be on or off depending on whether you want to select connected colors, or all colors in the image that match that value.
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Hey thanks! I'm using the latest creative cloud, Photoshop specifically. I wasn't talking about selecting a single color by clicking on it with a tool but being able to input the color you want (like with hexidecimal or lab values etc.) and have every pixel matching it selected.
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Hmm, there isn't a direct, obvious way to do that.
Quick workaround would be putting the color in another document, using Select->Color Range, set the tolerance to zero, and use the eyedropper to select the color value from the other document.

This could also be done via Calculations or Apply Image, but that's even less obvious.

You might consider adding a feature request for "let us enter a specific color value in Select -> Color Range". That would have the advantage of being scriptable, too.
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did you ever make that request?