working with the color palette
Our reply to a question sent in by: Chuck Brown
How do I reset the palette back to its original format? It's only showing me a part of the spectrum right now...
- Chuck is probably referring to the Swatches palette, and to reset those just open the palette (Windows > Show Swatches) and locate the palette menu at the upper right-hand corner. (Circle with the triangle 'arrow') It will slide open. From there you can slide down and select "Reset" swatches; "Load" swatches; "Save" swatches or "Replace" swatches. Each is self explanatory and performs the prescribed function.
Most people will continue using the same palettes over time because Photoshop (and Elements) saves both location and colors from one session to the next. However if you need a different palette for a specific job the palette menu is the place to do it.
If you've created a special color for a project you can 'Save' that color to Swatches by moving the cursor down into the blank area below the color chips and observe that it changes into the paint bucket. Clicking here will add a new chip of the current foreground color. To name your new color, double-click it and enter the name into the dialog that pops up. To remove a swatch on the other hand, you hold the Option (ALT) key and click the swatch chip. Additionally, to Delete, you can Control-click (right-click) the color chip, and then select "Delete" from the palette menu.
- Creating custom palettes
- Many people create custom palettes for particularly special client needs or, for instance, for highly optimized web color palettes. In this situation you may want to save the whole palette so it can be reloaded the next time those specific colors are needed. In this case, return to the Swatches Palette menu and pull down to "Save Swatches." You'll be presented with a naming dialog, and an opportunity to select where you wish to save your new palette. Most will save it along with the other color palettes in the Photoshop directory so it's accessible from the palette menu.
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