Swatchoos 1.0 Help for Adobe Photoshop® CC

What is Swatchoos?

Swatchoos is an application designed for Adobe Photoshop CC for the purpose of easier swatch management.

The panel offers you a variety of easy and intuitive tools for the management and storage of your colors. From this day on, your work in Photoshop will be easier and more enjoyable.

Trial & License

Trial: You can use the downloaded application in trial mode for 14 days. After this period, in order to access the panel you need to enter a license key which can be purchased at www.swatchoos.com

License: A purchased license enables the user to install the application on no more than two computers. In order to install the software on another device you need to deactivate the previous copies of the application.

  1. Using a device with an already installed copy of the product. Go to Settings tab and click the Deactivate button.
  2. When activating the panel on a third device, the application will display a message informing you about the lack of available activations. The user may disable the current activations and replace them with new ones. You can deactivate your license for an unlimited number of times.
  3. Deactivate the application using the ‘Manage License’ option which is available on www.swatchoos.com at the bottom of the page.

Swatchoos UI

Flyout Menu This context menu contains global application settings, license management and the available presets.

Color Toolbar Color editing tools, i.e. brightening, darkening, blending and sorting. It also features a box displaying RGB or HEX values of a given color, which also allows for the input of these values.

Swatches section This is where swatches and swatch groups are stored. Each group is divided into 4 sections: Color, name, Visibility Status and the contents, i.e. all swatches included in the group.

Edit Toolbar This section enables you to duplicate, import, create and delete groups. In the trial mode it also displays the number of the remaining days of the evaluation period.

Swatchoos UI

Select in-between

This option allows you to select multiple swatches (or swatch groups) at once. In order to select all swatches in between, click on the first and the last object of the desired selection while holding Shift.

In order to not change foreground color you need to hold shift before choosing first swatch.

Select in-between

Multiselection

Click on a swatch (or a swatch group) while holding Cmd/Ctrl in order to add it to the selection.

Multiselection

Create Group

This option allows you to create a new empty group or a group with the existing swatches of your choice.

Create group

Renaming existing groups

Editing: You can edit names of existing groups at any moment by double clicking a group name. Confirm the entered name by pressing Enter or clicking outside the text box.

Rename group

Undoing the changes: Undo the changes by pressing Cmd/Ctrl + Z.

Undoing the change

Cancelling the edit mode: Quit the edit mode by pressing Esc

Color of the group

You can assign any color to each group, which will provide additional help when sorting groups. You simply need to click on the colored square and choose a new color.

Color group

Drag 'n drop

You can freely change the position of groups and swatches. Click and drag a group to any place within the panel.

Drag 'n drop

Expanding and collapsing

You can expand or collapse a group of swatches by clicking on a small triangle on the right. In order to expand or collapse all groups at once click on the triangle while holding Cmd/Ctrl. You can also close all groups except for the one you selected by pressing Cmd/Ctrl + Alt and clicking on the triangle next to the group you want to work with.

Folding

Delete groups

To delete unwanted elements select them and click on the trash icon.

Delete groups

Compact mode

In order to disable the display of group headers go to Flyout menu and disable the Show Group Header option. When deactivated, all swatches are placed together on a single palette, however the borders of each group will be automatically highlighted when dragging elements.

In this mode group creation is disabled.

Compact mode

Duplicate

  1. Select a single group or multiple groups you want to duplicate and click ( Edit Toolbar section )
  2. Drag a group (or multiple groups) to any other location while pressing Alt.
Duplicate groups

Brighten / Darken

You can edit each created swatch at any given moment. The brighten and darken icons are located in the Color Toolbar section. This option allows you to edit a single swatch as well as multiple swatches at once. You can modify the size of increments in the panel settings.

Brighten dark

Mix Colors

Swatchoos offers two modes of color mixing: (Average color mix – an average mix of the two selected colors) or (Subtractive color mix – superimposition of colors remaining after the elimination of white light from certain wavelengths, e.g. as a result of its absorption by the dyes). This option is available only with two active swatches.

Mix colors

Sort by luminosity

This option enables you to sort colors based on their brightness. Simply select the swatches to be sorted and click this icon ( Color Toolbar section ).

Sort by luminosity

Sort by Hue

This option enables you to sort colors based on their hue. Simply select the swatches to be sorted and click this icon ( Color Toolbars section ).

Sort by hue

Edit Color

You can edit the existing swatches at any moment. Double click the color you want to edit to display the implemented Color Picker, which will allow you to select a new color. All changes will be automatically applied after closing it.

Edit color

Add Color

In order to quickly sample the colors in PS foreground or the background simply click on a blank space within the group or its container and add a new color from the foreground slot using Alt + left click or a color from the background slot using Alt + right click.

Add Color

Alternatively you can add non-existing color by double-click on empty space and choose new value.

Add Color

Copy/Paste HEX/RGB

In the upper toolbar you can find information on the HEX and RGB values of a given color. You can copy them or enter your own values in order to create a new color. A newly added color will be added to the selected group (if any) or create a new group, which will store all the newly created swatches.

Copy paste

Duplicate

  1. Select a single swatch or multiple swatches you want to duplicate and click this icon ( Edit Toolbar section )
  2. Drag a swatch (or multiple swatches) to any other location while pressing Alt.
  3. In order not to lose the default color e.g. during brightening, press Cmd/Ctrl so that the new color will be saved in a separate swatch.
Duplicate color

Auto color naming

When sampling colors from bitmaps or layers, Swatchoos will automatically assign an appropriate name available in the tooltip to each color.

Auto Color Naming

Affect Color(s)

This option is enabled by default, however it can be disabled at any time using the Flyout menu. When activated, it displays an “F” (foreground) symbol or a “B” (background) symbol in the bottom right corner of the active color.

Send to foreground

You can send a color from Swatchoos panel to the foreground slot by right clicking on the swatch.

Send to background

You can send a color from Swatchoos panel to the background slot by pressing Shift and right clicking on the swatch. The colors are sent to this slot using the Silent Click function.

Silent click

Silent Click is a feature enabling you to send a color to the foreground/background slot without active selecting an element. Use the right click in order to silently send a color to the foreground slot or right click with pressed Shift to silently send a color to the background slot.

Silent click

Affect Layer(s)

You can activate the Affect Layer option in the Flyout menu. It is required to enable Affect Color in order for this feature to work correctly.

Fill shape

After selecting a layer with a shape, the selected swatch will change its color. This function is available for the foreground slot and can be also applied on multiple selected shapes.

Fill shape

Fill shape

After selecting a text, the selected swatch will change its color. This function is available for the foreground slot and can be also applied on multiple selected texts.

Fill text

Fill selection

In order to fill a selection you first need to create a bitmap layer and then send a color to the background slot. This option also allows you to fill only full pixels within the selection while Alt is being pressed.

Fill selection

Save/Import Swatches

The Swatchoos panel enables you to import the most common bitmap formats and .aco files in two ways: by creating a new group or adding them to an existing one.

Compatible file formats

.aco, .swatch, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif

Import bitmap

In order to import a bitmap into your panel go to Flyout menu -> Open... and choose a file in the compatible format. Swatchoos will generate a specified number of colors based on the current Settings. If a bitmap contains a smaller number of colors than the number specified in the settings, the panel will limit the number of swatches and display a message, informing you about the failure to create a full palette.

Import from layer(s)

You can also import colors from a given layer(s) in an active project and add them to your palette by selecting the Import from layer option. If the selected range contains a smaller number of colors than the number specified in the settings, the panel will limit the number of swatches and display an appropriate message.

Import from layer

Import from .aco

Swatchoos enables you to import colors from the native .aco format. Apart from importing the colors, the panel will also obtain their names.

If in imported .aco there are colors in CMYK or PANTONE space, they will be automatically converted into RGB colors.

Save as .swatch

Swatchoos enables you to import colors from the native .aco format. Apart from importing the colors, the panel will also obtain their names.

Appearance

Swatchoos lets you modify the size and shape of the displayed swatches. When rounding is disabled, it is possible to hide the color frames.

All panel settings are available in the Flyout menu – they enable you to change the appearance and global behaviour of the application.

Settings Appearance Tab

Options

This section contains three settings: automatic sorting of the imported swatches by Luminosity or Hue, and disabling/enabling the display of a message inform you that the imported elements will be sent to a group.

Settings Options Tab

License

This section contains a link to the website allowing you to purchase a license, a field for entering the activation code (more information are available in section 1.2 Trial & License) as well as the display of the remaining number of days until the end of the evaluation period.

License Tab

Updates

This section allows you to manually check whether a newer version of the panel is available and enable automatic update notifications.

Updates Tab

About

This section enables to you to contact the developers of the application, provide a translation into your native language or learn about the existing translators.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Alt + Drag color - Duplicate swatch
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Brighter/Darken Icon - Create a new brighter/darken swatch
  • Alt + Drag group - Duplicate group
  • Shift + Right click on swatch - Send color to background slot
  • Shift + click color - Add color to selection
  • Alt + left click in empty space - Create a new swatch from the foreground color
  • Alt + right click in empty space - Create a new swatch from the background color
  • Cmd/Ctrl + open/close group - Open/close all groups at once
  • Alt + Cmd/Ctrl + close group - Open/close all groups at once except for the selected group

More resources

You can find more resources on www.swatchoos.com