Dedicated swatches - PSCS2

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by ronviers, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. ronviers

    ronviers Guest

    Is there a way to load into my Swatches palette the colors from a photo
    so I can use those colors for other things? Typically my photos are raw
    and placed as smart objects and my working space is Adobe RGB so there
    would need to be some way of restricting the number of swatches to
    maybe, I don't know, fifty or so.

    ronviers, Dec 12, 2006
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  2. First, apply the levels command to your image, set the levels to 50 -
    a maximum of 256 is possible. Then convert the image to "indexed
    color" with no colors fixed and 50, or whatever number you've chosen,
    colors as the number of individual colors. Save the palette (Image -
    Mode - Color Table - Save). You can load this color table as
    swatches as follows: in the "load swatches" dialog behind the small
    black triangle at the top right of the swatches palette, select "color
    tables (*.ACT)" from the bottom "file type" drop down list instead of
    the default "Swatches (*.ACO)" file type. Move to the directory, to
    which you saved the color table of your image and load your named ACO

    HTH, Peter
    Peter Wollenberg, Dec 12, 2006
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  3. Oops, there was an error. Use the "Posterize" command at 50 levels
    first, not the "Levels" command of course.

    Peter Wollenberg, Dec 12, 2006
  4. ronviers

    ronviers Guest

    It's official, Peter Wollenberg, member in good standing of the newsgroup - is the man.

    ronviers, Dec 12, 2006
  5. Photoshop doesn't allow such a thing. I suspect that is because a photo can
    have thousands if not hundreds of thousands of colors. I can off the only
    suggestion I am aware of and the Color Schemer Studio. It allows you to use
    a photo to make a color palette and it does export to Photoshop color swatch

    Problem is that it will only let you pull out 9 colors. It will either do
    this automatically for you, or you can place the samplers where you want
    them. It is actually a color feature, but I can see now that it needs to
    support at least 256 colors from a photo. I think the colors beyond 256
    would be so close to each other as to be of very little value.

    You can suggest this enhancement to the author of the program. I know he is
    working on a new version now so now would be the time. Hope this helps.

    Little Juice Coupe, Dec 12, 2006
  6. ronviers

    ronviers Guest

    Hi Ljc,
    I tried the technique mentioned earlier in the thread and at least for
    my purposes it worked very well. Although I think it's probably better
    to convert using the full 256 colors then deleting the least preferred
    colors later to get down to the fifty I want to work with.
    Btw, I really like the color pix picker. Thanks for the link.

    ronviers, Dec 12, 2006
  7. Yah, that is a great little free utility isn't it. Something like that
    should have been built-in to Windows. I am however glad someone stepped up
    to the plate. I have been trying to get them to do a Color Schemer plug-in
    for Photoshop, but so far no joy.

    Little Juice Coupe, Dec 13, 2006
  8. Larry Scripts, Dec 14, 2006
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    ronviers, Dec 15, 2006
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