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Adding Colors to the Swatches Panel in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns on 10 May 2014
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Over the past few weeks, we have been focusing on “color,” in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  In case you have missed any posts, here is a quick reference for you:

Creating a Custom Color Palette in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

How to Easily Recolor an Object in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Selective Recoloring in Photoshop

Creating Color Variations in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Last week we covered creating color variations.  Now let’s look at how to save those new luscious colors we have chosen. It’s very simple and works the same in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Option 1:

  • Click on the Foreground Color to open the Color Picker.
  • Select the color you would like to add to the Swatches Panel.
  • Click on the “Add to Swatches” button in the Color Picker.

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  • The Color Swatch Name box will open.  Give your color a name; click OK.

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  • Your new color will be added to your Swatches Panel.

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Option 2:

  • Click on the Foreground Color to open the Color Picker.
  • Select the color you would like to add to the Swatches Panel.
  • Hover your cursor in the blank area of the Swatches Panel.  Your cursor will change to the paint bucket tool.  Click anywhere in that blank space to create a new swatch.

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Tip:  You may drag the lower right corner of the Swatches Panel to expand its size.  This will be helpful if you do not have a visible blank space in your Swatches Panel.

To delete a color, click on it, and drag it to the Swatches Panel Trash Can.  Alternatively, you may delete swatches in the Preset Manager.

Photoshop Path: Edit > Presets > Preset Manager

Photoshop Elements Path:  Edit > Preset Manager

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That’s how easy it is to save your favorite colors, and how to delete colors you don’t want appearing in your Swatches Panel.

 

 

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