I was wondering if anyone could tell me how I could go about sampling semi-opaque / transparent colors in Illustrator. When I go to use the eyedropper tool, I find that I can only sample the object's full opaque color. However, I'd like to sample the colors that have been made as a result of the reduced opacities and blends of objects I've layered on top of one another. How can I go about sampling these? Is there another tool that would be better than the eyedropper to get these colors and then convert them to swatches? Thanks so much.
Double click on the eye dropper symbol. You can choose from a list of items which ones you want to sample.
I can feel you pain.... I have wanted for years the eyedropper to be able to sample color in transparent area. unfortunately you can with the eyedropper.
Here is four workaround:
1. Select the objets in the area you want to sample color from than Choose Object > Flatten Transparency. Now you will be able to use the Eyedropper (ideally you shall make a copy of the objects, flatten, sample and create swatch, than delete the copy).
2. Make a copy of the selected area, choose Object > rasterize, than shift+click with the eyedropper
3. Open the Ai document in Acrobat Pro, use the Output Preview command and mouse over the area to sample. Write the % value down from the floating dialog.
4. Place the AI document in Indesign, use the Separation Preview Panel, turn it on, and mouse over the area, the % value will be visible in the panel. Write it down.