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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: All About Color Swatches

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Color Swatches in Photoshop

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!

Follow along this tutorial and download the image of that luscious strawberry from our stock site, PhotoDune.

 

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.

The Swatches Panel in Adobe Photoshop

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.

Creating Color Swatches with the Color Picker

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.

Color Swatches with the Swatch icon in the Swatches Panel

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:

60 Seconds?!

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!

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