Photoshop is one of the most flexible Adobe products that users can customize its various aspects. In this regard, if you are not interested in the default color palette of Photoshop, you can try to create a custom color palette according to your taste and needs.
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Select the color spectrum
In the first step, you must select an image or file containing your favorite colors to be able to use them. After opening the file, you will see a window similar to the one below, with the file in the middle and the default Photoshop color palette in the right margin.
Access the Color Swatches panel
Next you need to go to the Color Swatches panel, which is located in the upper right corner of the Photoshop environment. The default color palette consists of square cells with a specific color in each.
At the top of the color palette, you will see a separate row of houses that have just been picked up by the Eyedropper tool. This row allows easier and faster access to recently used colors, and at the bottom of the colors are displayed in the default order.
Remove extra colors
It is quite clear that not all colors in the Photoshop color palette are used by most users, and each user chooses specific colors in projects according to their needs and tastes. For this reason, removing extra colors from the palette can be sensible, making it easier to find the colors you want and providing more space to add other colors.
To remove colors, first click on the hamburger menu in the upper right corner of the palette window, and then from the long menu that appears, select the Preset Manager option. Of course, there are many items in the menu that we will not explain in this section.
After clicking on Preset Manager, a new window will open in which you can manage the active colors in the Photoshop palette.
In the Color Manager window, you can add new colors, delete default colors, change color order, edit color names, and create a new palette. To remove all colors, first click on the first color and then hold down the Shift key and click on the last color to select all the colors in the palette. The selected colors will be marked with a blue border. Then select the Delete option and finally press the Done key. Note, however, that the path will not permanently change the default palette, and Photoshop will always provide users with the default option as a saved template.
Use the Eyedropper tool
Now with the removal of the default palette, a new space is available to add other colors. To select each color independently to add to the palette, first select the Eyedropper tool.
Then in the upper left corner, you will see a drop-down menu for which the Sample title has been selected. Click on it and then select the All Layers option.
Selecting the All Layers option allows the sampling process to be performed on all layers of the file and speeds up the color selection process.
Add a new color to the palette
After selecting the Eyedropper tool and the All Layers option, click on the location where you want to record the color. The Color Wheel now appears in the selected location. At the top of the circle, the selected current color will be seen, and at the bottom, the previous color will be visible.
After selecting the color, move the Eyedropper tool cursor to the color palette and click on the empty box. At this point, the cursor will turn into a color bucket icon. Now a new color has been added to the palette.
Then a new window will appear called Color Swatch Name in which you can choose a name for the new color. It will also be possible to add color to the Photoshop library. After entering the desired name, click the Ok button.
If you check the Color Save option in the library, you will see the Libraries panel open on the right.
In this article, we do not intend to explain about Photoshop libraries, so click on the title Libraries to close the menu.
Finish the process of adding colors
You can repeat the steps of the previous part for new colors to finally achieve your desired palette. Fortunately, Photoshop does not have a limit on the number of colors stored in the palette.
After selecting the colors, click on the Swatches drop-down menu and then select Preset Manager. Now we will use the color management window again to change its order. Color shifting is possible through the Drag & Drop feature. Arranging colors allows you to put similar colors together and be aware of duplicates.
To delete an additional color, click on it to select it and then click Delete.
Finally, click the Done button.
Save color palette
When you are done with the Preset Manager window, you can save the color palette created for future use.
To save the new custom palette, click the Swatches drop-down menu and then select Save Swatches.
The Save as window is now displayed where you can define a custom name for the custom color palette. Use meaningful letters so that if the pallets are stacked, you can easily find the title you want.
Reset the color palette
If you want to go back to the default Photoshop template from the custom color palette, you can reset the related settings. First click on the Swatches drop-down menu and then select the Reset Swatches option.
In a new window, the user is now asked if it intends to replace the current color palette. Click OK to confirm. The important thing is not to click on Append in the said window; Because if you select it, Photoshop will replace the custom palette colors with its default colors.
Reload the custom color palette
After reactivating the default Photoshop color palette, users will also be able to access the custom color palette. To do this, first go back to the Swatches panel and after selecting the drop-down menu, select the Replace Swatches option.
In the Color Swatches folder you can find the custom color palette file you want. After selecting the file, click Open to load the palette.