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Create custom color palettes for harmonious color schemes

Added on Tuesday 22nd of January 2008 06:59 am EST
Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

Is there a way to create a color swatch set from an individual image in Photoshop and then use that swatch set in InDesign or Illustrator? I thought I’d done this before but I can’t find a command anywhere to make the swatch set.

Yes, you can create a new color swatch set from an image. But, there isn’t an obvious command to do so. You have to first fake a conversion to Index color mode.

To create a new color swatch set from an image:

  1. Open an image that you want to convert, such as the one shown in Figure A.


  1. Choose Image > Mode > Indexed Color to open the Indexed Color dialog box.
  2. Select Custom from the Palette pop-up menu to display the Color Table dialog box, as shown in Figure B.

  1. Click Save to display the Save dialog box, navigate to where you want to save the file, name the file and click Save.
  2. Click Cancel in the Color Table dialog box to close out of it, and then click Cancel in the Indexed Color dialog box.
The result? We never converted the image to Index color mode, but we did create a color table that we can import into...