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shortcut eyedropper from brush tool problem

Jan 23, 2013 9:59 AM

Tags: #illustrator #cs5 #mac #brush #tool #eyedropper

Just yesterday, when I have my brush tool selected, and I press Option[Mac], the eyedropper tool will appear, but now, the Smooth tool shows up.

 

Does anyone know how to revert back? I'm on a Mac using Illustrator CS5.5.
This is annoying me especially since i'm painting in illus and needs to select colours from a image using the eyedropper rather than from the swatch each time.

 

Help please..

 
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    Jan 23, 2013 10:21 AM   in reply to Kristy_1802

    It depends on the tool you have chosen.

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:02 PM   in reply to Kristy_1802

    Hi Kristy,

     

    This may or may not be the case, but is it possible you accidently switched to using the Blob Brush tool?

     

    According to the Illustrator Default Keyboard Shortcuts, pressing Option while using the Blob Brush tool will switch to the Smooth tool.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 3.59.12 PM.png

    This is assuming you haven't adjusted your default shortcuts.

    Michael

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:06 PM   in reply to mjarrott

    My brush switches to the smooth tool when I press Option on a Mac, CS 5.5. Never switched to the eyedropper. I'd be anxious to know how to switch to the eyedropper from the brush!

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:16 PM   in reply to Doug Katz

    You were using Photoshop yesterday and have confused it with Illustrator.

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:20 PM   in reply to [scott w]

     
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:58 PM   in reply to Kristy_1802

    In 20+ years... Option/Alt has never caused a brush to switch to the eyedropper tool, in any version of Illustrator, using any brush. You can't even set Illustrator to toggle the two in this manner if you wanted to.

     

    The only explanations are..

    you are remebering Photoshop (or some other application), not Illustrator.

    It was not switching for you in Illustrator via the Option/Alt key.

    You've got some third party software which was toggling the i and Shift-B commands for you.

     

    If you got AI to toggle the eyedropper with the brush, I'd be interested to know how... as I'm sure many other users would be as well.  If you sort it out, please share.

     
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