There are times when finding the average color of something is useful. It could be to create a backdrop, for color correction, or to make a palette to smooth out uneven colors. It’s easy to do it too. Here’s how: Make a selection around the area where you want to average the colors. Press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) to copy the selection to a new layer. Command-click (PC: Ctrl-click) on the layer thumbnail to load the copied area as a selection, and then choose Filter>Blur>Average to create a solid color of the average of all the colors in the selection.

This tip previously published in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column, in the April, 2020 issue of Photoshop User magazine.