Photoshop 1.23 [color swatches]

“Exporting Color Swatches for other Adobe applications”

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  1. Begin by creating a custom set of color swatches using
  2. Choose Export>ACO from the website menus to create a color swatch palette.
  3. Open Photoshop and select Edit>Preset Manager.
    • Note:  This is only available on the Windows version of Photoshop.  If you are working on a Mac, see below.
  4. This will open the Preset Manager window. Now select “Swatches” as the Preset Type.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  5. Click on the “Load” button to load the preset swatches from
  6. After you have loaded the swatches, you can use the swatches in Photoshop, but you can also export the swatches using the Adobe Swatch Exchange format and use the swatches in Illustrator or InDesign.
  7. Select the swatches you want to export by holding down the control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and clicking on each individual swatch.
  8. Now use the flyout menu (not the “Save Set” button) and select “Save Swatches for Exchange”
  9. Give the swatches a name and save it to your resources folder on your flash drive.
  10. Now, in Illustrator, open the swatches window by clicking on the swatches button on the right toolbar or by navigating to Window > Swatches.
  11. Using the Swatches short cut (flyout) menu, select Open Swatch Library > Other Library and navigate to the file you saved from
  12. You will now see your colors as a series of swatches in a new window.

On a Mac:  Adobe has removed Swatches from the Preset Manager.  Instead:

  1. Go to Window>Swatches
  2. Click on the flyout menu (the 3 parallel lines in the upper right corner of the window) and choose "Import Swatches" to bring your new swatches in.
  3. Select all of your swatches once you have loaded them.
  4. Go back to the flyout menu and choose “Export Swatches for Exchange”
  5. Return to "step 9" above.


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