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Create customized color palettes System
Similar to the spell checking feature in OS-X (not sure when it appeared), you can also define your own color palettes which are then available in any application which uses the color chooser. You might have noticed the little boxes at the bottom of the chooser. Simply dragging the color from the current selection (next to the magnifying glass) onto one of the boxes saves that color for later. If you pull the handle at the bottom of the chooser you can reveal more boxes. But that's easy and relatively useless...

If you switch to the palettes view (the icon with three colorful overlapped boxes), you'll see a selection list. Selecting "New" from that list creates a new customized palette (which you then have to rename via the Rename item in the same menu -- not perfect, but you only have to set the colors up once). You can save any number of colors (including transparency!) with useful names; look at the "Developer" palette for a good example. Any palettes you create will be available in all your other applications. Have a look in ~/Library/Colors and you'll see your palettes with a .clr extension. You can give these files to someone else and they can then add them to their profile too (using the "Open" function from the same panel in the color chooser, or by dropping it in their ~/Library/Colors directory).

This is great if you want to standardise effects you use a lot (like a corporate image, or as in my case, simply using the same effect time and again and wanting it to be consistent).
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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: masjones on May 04, '04 01:46:08PM

This is a great hint! I have always wondered how to save custom combinations, and I agree that the little boxes at the bottom were only semi-useful.

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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: asan102 on May 04, '04 05:23:05PM

I don't see how the color wells are considered "almost useless" but adding the ability to name colors makes this a great hint...

I wish someone would make a Web Smart Colors palette.

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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: luhmann on May 04, '04 10:18:57PM

There is a web-smart color palette. Choose the middle icon and then pick "web safe" from the drop-down list (which says "Apple" by default).

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Web smart vs web safe
Authored by: adrinux on May 05, '04 10:05:15AM

The Web Smart colour palette is not the same thing as the Web Safe colour palette.

morecrayons has a good web picker and explantion. It's a bit like a web safe palette for this decade (now that so few people have 256 colour monitors).

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Web smart vs web safe
Authored by: asan102 on May 05, '04 11:57:22PM

Yes, I meant the Web-Smart palette, for us designers who want more than 356 colors.

The color palette actually has an awesome feature that lets you use any image as a color map – If only I could find an image of all the web smart colors somewhere. Most of the online color pickers just give you a regular color wheel of all the colors, but when you roll over them it gives you their web-smart matches. The Cubes on the site you linked is almost it, but unfortunately it has layers covered up, so you can't see all the colors at once.

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Web smart vs web safe
Authored by: adrinux on May 06, '04 04:59:56PM

I have made a palette consisting of the sixteen web smart greys. Just not the whole 4000 odd colours :) What we need is somewhere to exchange these things.

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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: Mr. X on May 04, '04 09:42:29PM

there's one:

it's called ColorTagGen, it's free and you can get it here:

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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: mahakk on May 05, '04 07:10:12AM

I'll add to this:

Choose the picture-tab (the one with the spectrum).
just drag an image to the spectrum -- it will get used as a palatte. It doesn't resize properly, though.

I also found "Painter's Picker" to be a great addition to the palette.

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Create customized color palettes
Authored by: duien on May 05, '04 11:13:23AM

as to when this appeared, i can say without a doubt that it was around in 10.2.8. i discovered it about a week ago and found it quite useful.

so other slow adopters out there, this is not panther only.

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Problem with color palettes
Authored by: Ralfy on May 06, '04 07:41:43AM

I have a problem with the 150-line Pantone palette. The colours, Orange 021, Red 032, Warm Gray 5 & 11, Cool Gray 5 & 11 and Black 7 all appear as Blue 072. Anyone know why this may be happening?

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