Instead of using the Adobe Color Picker, you can choose colors from your computer operating system’s standard Color Picker or from a third party Color Picker.
For more information, see your operating system documentation.
You can add or delete color swatches from the Swatches panel.
You can also add a color swatch from the Color Picker by clicking the Add To Swatches button.
Click the New Swatch button in the Swatches panel. Alternatively, choose New Swatch from the Swatches panel menu.
Position the pointer over an empty space in the bottom row of the Swatches panel (the pointer turns into the Paint Bucket tool), and click to add the color. Enter a name for the new color and click OK.
(Creative Cloud only) Choose Load Swatches from the panel menu. Then, in the Load window, navigate to an HTML, CSS, or SVG file and click OK. Photoshop will read the color values specified in the documents. This feature recognizes the following HTML/CSS color syntax: #112233, #123, rgb(1,2,3), rgba(1,2,3,4), hsb(1,2,3), and hsba(1,2,3,4).
New colors are saved in the Photoshop preferences file so that they persist between editing sessions. To permanently save a color, save it in a library.
Drag a swatch to the Delete icon .
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), position the pointer over a swatch (the pointer turns into scissors), and click.
Swatch libraries provide an easy way to access different sets of colors. You can save custom sets of swatches as a library for reuse. You can also save swatches in a format for sharing in other applications.
Adds a library to the current set of swatches. Select the library file you want to use, and click Load.
Replaces the current list with a different library. Select the library file you want to use, and click Load. Photoshop gives your the option of saving the current set of swatches before replacing them.
Name of a color library
Loads a specific color system listed in the lower part of the Swatches panel menu. You can either replace or append the current set of colors with the library you’re loading.
Choose a location for the swatch library, enter a filename, and click Save.
You can save the library anywhere. However, if you place the library file in the Presets/Swatches folder in the default presets location, the library name will appear at the bottom of the Swatches panel menu after you restart the application.
You can share the solid swatches you create in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign by saving a swatch library for exchange. The colors appear exactly the same across applications as long as your color settings are synchronized.
You cannot share the following types of swatches between applications: patterns, gradients, and the Registration swatch from Illustrator or InDesign; and book color references, HSB, XYZ, duotone, monitorRGB, opacity, total ink, and webRGB swatches from Photoshop. These types of swatches are automatically excluded when you save swatches for exchange.