How to Build a Custom List of Color Swatches

What’s up world! Today’s Q&A video is pretty awesome because it uncovers a tool — well Panel — we so often use but forget it’s there. It’s like a lightbulb — you turn it on and off all the time and don’t think about it until it dims. Well this panel is just like a lightbulb. And now, we’re going to crack it open, safely, and see what’s inside.

Yup, I’m talking about the Color Swatch panel. The Color Swatch panel includes a variety of customizations and special tricks that can make life pretty easy — if you know how to manage it. And today, I’m going to show you how to build a custom list of color swatches and how to Pimp That Color Panel.

Yeah, I said wrote it!

So in today’s Q & A Wednesday video, you’ll learn:

  • How to customize the basic look of your panel.
  • How to remove all of those swatches you never-ever use.
  • How to replace the never-ever used swatches with swatches you want to really use.
  • And the difference between an .ACO file and a .ASE file (and which one you should use).


Who’d thunk a panel would be so interesting (like a lightbulb)! Did this video help you in some way? Do you feel confident now to “pimp your own panel”? Know of any other ways you like to pimp your Color Swatch panel? Let me know in the comments below!