Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! This time around we're looking at Swatches. Whether you've got your own set of colors or ones you've purchased from Envato Market, this quick video will help.
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Color Swatches
Ever find yourself wandering around an image with the eyedropper trying to find that perfect color again and again? Try using Swatches to save your color selections, so that they are always readily available. Well if you've got a minute, I'll show you how!
How to Create Color Swatches
Photoshop comes pre-loaded with several Swatches already, but the main value of Swatches comes with being able to define your own.
If you open the Color Picker and select a color, there's an Add to Swatches button right there in the Color Picker dialog. Press OK to add it to the Swatches.
The new swatch icon at the bottom of the Swatches panel does the same thing. Clicking on it will change the Foreground Color to that predefined color. Control-Clicking on the swatch will change the current Background Color and Alt-Clicking on it will Delete it.
Want to see this in action? Be sure to check out the video above to follow along with these steps.
A Bit More Detail
Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:
- The A to Z of Adobe PhotoshopMary Winkler19 May 2014
- Advanced Color Theory: What Is Color Management?James Thomas18 Apr 2016
- How to Use Color Look-Up TablesKirk Nelson08 Feb 2016
- Color in 60 Seconds: Tints, Tones and ShadesAdi Purdila16 May 2016
This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We’re aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you’d like to see explained in 60 seconds!