Could you please post screenshots to clarify?
I can pick up the Foreground Color but not the Background Colour.
I had not noticed that before but I am not sure how long it has been like that …
I think this has changed. If I wanted to make a subtle gradient, I used to pick a foreground colour, hit the x key, and sample what is now the background colour so background and foreground colours were the same, and then offset the colour for the gradient. You can't do that now.
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1. Use the single tool bar
2. If you need to use the double toolbar - Click away from the Foreground /Background colour picker (e.g. on Adobe grey background) then drag onto foreground/background squares and release. The colour will be picked up when you release.