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Color picker doesnt work?

Hi i'm having this wierd behavior of the color picker:

I'm triying to get the colour of a texture using unlit mode just to match the properties in a new material, 2 wierd things happend: 1- The colour doesnt match 2- the color picker windows just closes every time I try to get a color with the picker, and it doesn,t save the color I just picked!

So it seems the color picker windows is just a litle trick to make you loose your time!

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Product Version: UE 4.7
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asked May 27 '15 at 10:53 AM in Bug Reports

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Hi dogrush -

The Color Picker closing on you have been fixed in 4.8 and you should be able to pick any color you desire drawn on the screen. As far as the color behavior in the Color Picker to Material, it is hard to tell from your example what you arr are directly referencing. Also remember that the Material Viewport has a lighting in it applied and also the physically based components of Roughness and Metallic which can affect color when combined with a lighting environment. You are doing a comparison with an unlit scene which will never truly match the material color.

Thank You

Eric Ketchum

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answered Jun 04 '15 at 07:07 PM

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avatar image dogrush Jun 09 '15 at 12:46 PM

Hi Eric thnx a lot for your answer, looking forward to jump to 4.8 then.

About the problem, lemme explain it better on a new image I'm uploading, hope it's clear enough now:

Sory for the delay on the answer, but it seems that the problem has not been solved yet!

Cheers and thnx again

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avatar image Lovecraft_K ♦♦ STAFF Jun 09 '15 at 08:35 PM

Hi -

So I understand you frustration now. The issue revolves around trying to pull the color information from the viewscreen itself. Even in unlit mode, there are several different color conversions that are taking place to render out the scene with all post processing and effects.(Unlit mode only removes lighting.)

The most accurate way to pull color information is directly from the bitmap itself which can be done directly from the Content Browser or from the Texture Editor.

I've included a sample project for demonstration:

Test Project

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avatar image dogrush Jun 09 '15 at 10:18 PM

Perfect! now I get it, so I have to open the texture and color pick the texture instead of color picking the scene... also by doing this the color picker doesn't close (I'm still in 4.7)


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