#529 – Using the the Paint Bucket Tool to Copy Attributes

The Paint Bucket tool works in a similar manner in Blend to the Eyedropper tool, in letting you copy attributes from one object to another.  They only differ in whether you are clicking an object that you want to copy attributes from vs. clicking an object that you want to copy attributes to.

To use the Eyedropper tool:

  • Select the object that you want to change
  • Select the Eyedropper tool
  • Click on an object from which you want to copy attributes

To use the Paint Bucket tool:

  • Select the object that you want to copy attributes from
  • Select the Paint Bucket tool
  • Click on one or more objects to which you want to copy attributes

The Paint Bucket allows copying attributes from a single object to a number of other objects.

#528 – Using the Eyedropper Tool in the Color Editor

In addition to the eyedropper tool on the tools panel, you can select colors using the eyedropper tool in the color editor, found in the Brushes panel.

To use the eyedropper, first select a control having a color property that you want to change.

In the Brushes section of the Properties panel, pick a property that you want to change.  (E.g. Background).

Select the kind of brush that you want to use (e.g. solid color brush).

Click on the eyedropper icon in the color editor.

Now you can move around the screen and click to pick up the color at the current mouse position.  You can click anywhere on the screen–even outside of Blend.

As you move around the screen, the target element will change to preview using the color of the pixel that your mouse is hovering over.  Left-click to actually use the color.

#525 – Use the Eyedropper Tool to Copy Colors

You can use the Eyedropper tool  to copy colors or gradients from one control to another.

Start by selecting the control that you want to copy colors to.  In the example below, we want to copy both the background gradient and the foreground color from the top button to the bottom button.  So we start by selecting the bottom button.

Next, select the Eyedropper tool.

The cursor will change so that it looks like an eyedropper.  Move the cursor over the control that you want to copy colors from.

Then left click on the control that you are copying colors from.  Both the foreground and background colors are copied to the control that you originally selected.

Note that when you use the eyedropper tool to copy colors, all properties that have color values in the source control are copied to the target control.