How to use swatches in PhotoShop

This tutorial will show you how to use swatches in Photoshop

This tutorial assumes you already have your picture open in Photoshop

1) If the swatches palette is closed, you can open it by selecting it from the Window menu

Swatches are useful for saving colors you use often

2) You can create a new swatch from the foreground color by clicking this icon

The new swatch has been added to the palette

3) You can also add a swatch by clicking in the blank area

4) Give the swatch a name

5) Click OK

6) You can delete a swatch by dragging it to the trash can

7) Select a swatch to use

The foreground color has changed to match

8) To allow you to see the menu, we will un-dock the swatches palette

9) Click the icon to open the menu

10) You can save your swatches

11) Enter a name for your swatches

12) Click Save

13) Open the swatches menu

Photoshop comes with its own list of preset swatches

14) You can select one from the list

15) Click OK

Your swatches have been replaced by the new ones

16) You can add the swatches you saved to the list

17) Click Load Swatches…

18) Select your swatches and click Load

The swatches have been added on at the end, so you may need to scroll to see them

19) You can always reset the swatches back to the default

20) Click OK to confirm

21) If you don’t want to append your swatches to the list, you can replace the existing swatches by going to the menu…

22) …and clicking Replace Swatches

23) Select the swatches you want to load from the list and click Load

Your swatches have replaced the previous ones

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to use swatches in Photoshop

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