In this Adobe Photoshop CS3 tutorial, learn how to create a new color swatch and add it to the swatches palette.
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If you’d like to create a new color swatch to use in Photoshop you can do this in a couple of different ways. The first way you can do this is by use of the button. So first of all, go ahead and change the foreground color to a color that you want to save on the color swatch. I’ll pick this one. And then go ahead and in the swatch palette click on this button right here and this is going to create a new swatch for you. As you click it, you can see that it went ahead and it added it down here.
Now, another way to do this is to go ahead and set the color that you want to add and then go ahead and go into one of the blank spots and then you can see that you get a paint bucket, go ahead and click here and it’s going to get you a color swatch name and you can name this. Click on okay and you’re going to have your new color added down there.
Now, a great way that I like to use swatches is I like to take all the common colors used in my document and then I like to add them to my swatch so I can use them later. So, how to do that is go ahead and click on your foreground box and then go ahead and move it over so you can see your image and go ahead and put your color picker over a color that you want to save as a swatch and I am going to get the yellow of the sunflower. Go ahead and click on it, it’s going to show that new color up in your preview box, click okay then go over to your swatch palette and then use you paint bucket to look in and you can name this. And you now have that added. So, if you need to create some sort of elements such as text and you want it to match that yellow then you can go ahead and you can use that color really quickly because it’s over in your swatches palette.