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Create Custom Color Swatch Sets in Photoshop

by | Mar 30, 2014 | Articles, Photoshop, Tutorials | 0 comments

Custom Color Swatch Sets

Part of the appeal of a mega-software bundle like Photoshop is the ability to control how you work and organize everything you need to get the job done. Many designers and digital artists work closely with color. It is one of those essential aspects of design, photography and illustration that makes up a huge part of each category. Color has so much power over the emotion and overall effectiveness of a piece of artwork. Having the ability to organize and control colors is important when you want to save colors or color swatch sets in Photoshop. In the video below, I will show you how to select custom color swatch sets in Photoshop, save them, and load them at a later time.

The most annoying part is getting rid of all of the default swatches. Sure, you could just add your hand-picked color to the default swatch set, but when you save it, you end up saving all of the default swatches with it, too. I don’t know about you, but that isn’t what I want. I don’t want my eye distracted with all of those extra colors. For example, if I created a custom color swatch set with an aquatic theme, complete with blues and greens, I wouldn’t expect to see anything in there. I would want to load my custom color swatch set and have only the colors I want.

Deleting each of the color swatches is easy, but you have to click a lot. There are something like 100 default swatches, but is you hold the Alt/Option key, you can click on a swatch to delete it.

From here, you can use the Eyedropper Tool to sample colors, and use the color picker in the Tools Panel to save them as a swatch. Repeat the process until you have all of the images that you want. Then, to save your swatches as a set, click the flyout menu in the corner of the Swatches Panel and click Save Swatches, and it will have you save them in the designated folder. It’s that easy!

Custom Color Swatch Sets in Photoshop

Conclusion: Custom Color Swatch Sets

Do you have any questions about Custom Color Swatch Sets? They are pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions or thoughts, leave them in the comments section below.

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