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Old 08-22-2002, 12:20 PM
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How do YOU handle swatches in Photoshop

I've just started playing around with swatches in PhotoShop and am finding them rather cludgey. Surely there must be a better way of creating a new swatch pallet than taking an existing pallet and deleting (one by one) all the swatches in it!

How do you manage swatches - what advice can you give me?

I seem to recall that years ago I had a beta version of something called UltraPaint and it had a fabulous swatch feature - when created a new document, a new swatch pallet was created. Then when you used a color in your document, that color was added to your blank swatch pallet. The blank pallet (which now contained all the colors in your picture) would be saved with the document so you always had those swatches available. You could even copy the swatches from one picture to another.

Why doesn't PhotoShop have a simple way to create/handle swatches or am I missing something?

I got interested in this because I wanted to make a swatch pallet with all the skintones on it and couldn't find a way to do it.

Thanks for your responses,
Margaret
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Old 08-22-2002, 01:08 PM
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Well Margaret, you got me intrigued on how to make an entire new swatch set and darned if I could find an easy way, so what I did is..... deleted all the swatches one at a time in a set all except one then I saved this set with one color in it skintones. I opened the skintone image gotten here

http://www.retouchpro.com/pages/colors.html

and added a new color swatch from the image one at a time, thank goodness there weren't 16 million

I deleted the odd color one I started with and saved the set as skintones, I'm including it here to save you all the work. I think this is what you had in mind but I think there probably is an easier way.

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Old 08-22-2002, 01:28 PM
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Thank you Ken - that is exactly what I wanted. The way you did it was the only way I could find to do it too - seems to me there should be an easier way!

Thanks again for saving me the time to do it.

Margaret
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Old 08-22-2002, 03:01 PM
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Hey Margaret I found this tutorial...come to find out THERE is an easier way....find it here

http://graphicssoft.about.com/librar.../bllps503d.htm


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Old 08-22-2002, 03:48 PM
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Thanks Ken,

My eyes are bleeding from looking at color swatches all day

I found this freeware color manager http://www.agentur-simon.de/pedit/#Download

but they don't seem to have a Mac version

I've sure found some interesting things while looking for info on color swatches - not getting any work done though.

Margaret
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Old 08-22-2002, 08:04 PM
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Margaret -- thank you for asking the question -- it's one that I've thought of a few times and never researched.

KenB -- thanks for the link to what looks like a good solution to the question -- I'll have to take some time tonight to read through it.
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Old 08-22-2002, 08:53 PM
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Someone mentioned in the Adobe forum that they discovered they could drag and drop swatches to reorder them in PS7. I haven't tried it, but sounds interesting.
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Old 08-22-2002, 08:55 PM
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I read everything I could find about color swatches today and so far I've learned that now I need to read up on "indexed color" because that seems to play a big part in the whole mess too.

I guess if I spend tomorrow reading about indexed color, maybe by the end of the week, I'll be smart enough to know that I don't know anything about color

Margaret
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:17 PM
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Doug, In PS6, you get the little fist when you click on a swatch, but you can't drag - maybe they intended to put it into 6 and ran out of time. It sure would be handy to be able to move them around.

One thing I found out today is that if you hold down the command/control key when you click on a swatch, the cursor turns into scissors and you can remove the swatch you click on.

Margaret
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:40 PM
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Indexed color is pretty useless for retouching...more important for preparing images only for web use (GIF format is an example). There's a limit of 256 total colors.
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