May 182009
 

You are designing a slideshow, and you want the background color to be a particular color from one of your images.  Or, you are designing a web gallery, and you want the background color to be the color on your website, or some other cool color you have found.  The question is, how do you find out what that color is, and tell Lightroom to use it?   A while back I wrote a post on using Photoshop to identify the color, and then specifying this color in Lightroom.   It turns out though, that there is an easier way — you can do it all within Lightroom.  This is why I love Lightroom more every day — it just continues to surprise me!

I will show you how to set a LR slideshow background color, and then I’ll talk about how to set other colors.

  • If you want a color from a web page or another document, size your Lightroom window and your web browser or document window so that both are visible on your monitor.  If instead you want a color from one of your images, have that image selected in the slideshow module.
  • In the LR slideshow module, click on the color swatch next to Background Color in the Backdrop panel.
Slideshow Background Color Color Swatch

Slideshow Background Color Color Swatch

  • This will open up the color palette.
Color Palette

Color Palette

  • So here’s the secret:  click inside the main color square (where the eyedropper is in the illustration above), hold, and drag the eyedropper out of the color palette and over into your image that you want to take the color from or your web page or other document.  As you drag, you will see that the slideshow background color changes to reflect what you are dragging over.  Let go when you have selected the color you want.
  • That’s it!  Notice that the color palette displays the Hex value of your color — if you want to use this exact color elsewhere, write down this hex value or copy it to the clipboard, and then type it in or paste it in elsewhere.

Of course this doesn’t just work for a slideshow background color, it works for any color setting in LR where you see a color swatch that opens up to a color palette — all the color settings in Web, Slideshow and Print, as well as the Color setting on the adjustment brush!

Now that is cool.   (Thanks to Matt K. at www.lightroomkillertips.com for pointing this out!)

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  4 Responses to “An Easier Way to Get Your Color in Lightroom”

  1. […] are lots of great Lightroom tips there that our readers may be interested. From the Crop Tool and Color to Virtual Copies and question marks, Laura is busy answering questions submitted by her […]

  2. Now, how do they expect you to figure this out “intuitively”? I tried everything I could think of to get this to work. This is what I hate about the new “clean” interfaces software is going to these days. It’s impossible to figure out all the things that can be done. This one is just a silly, non-intuitive setup. Why not just hover or click the spectrum box to get the eyedropper, then go click in the picture. Why click and drag FROM the spectrum? It makes no sense.

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