Swatches presets

You can also create and manage swatch collections using the new Preset Manager. Choose View ^ Presets and then select Swatches from the Preset Type pop-up menu (or press Ctrl+2) to display the Swatches presets panel, shown in Figure 4-13. The presets panel shows the current swatch set.

Many functions in the Swatches panel duplicate those offered by the Swatches palette. If you click the arrow to the left of the Done button (see the figure), you display a pop-up menu that's nearly identical to the Swatches palette menu. You can choose the Replace Swatches command on the pop-up menu to replace the current swatch collection with another or choose Reset Swatches to return to the default swatch collection. To append a collection, click the Load button. Alternatively, click a collection name in the pop-up menu, in which case you have the choice of appending or replacing the current collection with the new one.

In addition, you can click a swatch and then click Delete to remove the swatch or Rename to change the color's name. If you want to dump or rename a bunch of swatches, Shift-click them and then click Delete or Rename. To select all swatches, press Ctrl+A. You can also display the scissors cursor and then click a swatch to delete it — but for some reason, you press Alt to get the scissors cursor in the Preset Manager, not Ctrl as you do in the Swatches palette.

Click for palette menu

Click for palette menu

Figure 4-13: To easily create a new swatch collection using just some colors from an existing collection, head for the Preset Manager.

Figure 4-13: To easily create a new swatch collection using just some colors from an existing collection, head for the Preset Manager.

Aside from being able to delete or rename a batch of swatches at one time, the best reason for bothering with the Preset Manager — as opposed to working in the Swatches palette — is to create a new swatch collection out of colors from an existing set or sets. Load the collection(s) that you want to use as a basis for the new set. Then Shift-click to select swatches for the new set — or press Ctrl+A to select all swatches — and click Save Set. Give the collection a name and store it in the Color Swatches folder.

Note that wherever you do your swatch set editing, you can't overwrite any existing preset files. Also, after you add a new swatch, you must save it as part of a swatch collection, either via the palette pop-up menu or the Preset Manager. Otherwise, Photoshop deletes the swatch if you replace the current swatch collection with another.

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