30 Replies Latest reply on Jun 23, 2017 2:25 PM by Sue Garibaldi

    How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?

    juliasx99 Level 1

      I am learning to use color.adobe.com. I know the 'download' button is gone, so I can't download an ASE file.

       

      I can get a color theme from Kuler into my library, that is not the issue.

       

      What I don't understand is how to get those colors into the swatch panel. I could use a 3rd-party color picker app, but then, why even bother with Kuler and Libraries if I have to pick out colors one by one and name them in the swatches panel one by one? It seems like should be an easy way to transfer Library theme colors straight into the swatches panel, but it is not obvious to me.

        • 1. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
          kplover Level 2

          When you are in your desktop Adobe software - as long as you've sync'd with the Creative Cloud - your color swatches should be in the Libraries menu option under the subcategory of "Color Themes"

           

          Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 8.54.19 AM.png

           

          Once you're viewing those, you can select the individual color just by clicking on each one. And if you want to add it to your swatches, you simply select each color you want to add from your Color Themes, and then click the "New" button in the Swatches menu to add it.

           

          Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 8.54.41 AM.png

           

          Hope that helps!

          • 2. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
            xojeb Level 1

            This does not work for me. I can see the rgb values and hex value, but can't select, eyedropper tool or drag to swatches. Library are there and visible, but I can't seem to use them at all.

             

            Lion, latest Adobe CC.

            • 3. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
              Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

              Hi Jeb,

               

              Sorry you're having trouble. I have a feeling it may be your Mac OS. Are you using Color CC 2.2.3 and Creative Cloud 2015? (I only ask because the latest version of Creative Cloud requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.)

               

              Sue.

              • 4. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                xojeb Level 1

                Yes, OS 10.10.5 and whatever the latest Color happens to be. It seems ridiculous you can no longer save these as .ase or .ai files at the very least, but I should be able to somehow use them within Illustrator (and everything else). Right now, I just see them.

                • 5. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                  Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                  Hi Jeb,


                  A few questions:

                  So, you're trying to use them as usual (i.e., fill doesn't work by just tapping on the Library color you want to fill with) and it's just not working? But you're not having any problem with your system colors?

                  How long has this been going on? Have you never been able to use Color CC swatches in Illustrator CC, or is a recent problem?

                  Have you tried closing Illustrator CC, signing out of Creative Cloud, restarting your computer, and signing back in?


                  Let me know what you've tried so we can go from there.


                  Sue.

                  • 6. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                    xojeb Level 1

                    I've restarted the applications and restarted the machine. If I double-click a color at the top that will open a color picker window, but as far as the Libraries go all I can do is rename them no color change. Will restart everything and log out of CC (which I haven't yet tried) and see if that fixes it. Thanks again Sue!

                    • 7. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                      xojeb Level 1

                      So, I restarted machine,  logged out of CC, logged back in, turned sync off and back on, started Illustrator and then Libraries started to work albeit slowly initially. By that I mean when I clicked on a color to color a shape it seemed to lag a bit initially, but eventually became instantaneous. So if anyone else suffers from this, restarting everything logging out/in and resyncing can be the solution to wonky libraries. Thanks!

                      • 8. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                        Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                        Jeb,

                         

                        Happy to hear it worked.

                         

                        Thanks for reporting back about it.

                         

                        Sue.

                        • 9. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                          pswayf Level 1

                          I'm experiencing the exact same problem. Everything is up to date and I restarted the program already!

                          • 10. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                            Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                            Hi PSWayf,

                             

                            I'm not sure I understand... Can you give me a bit more detail about what's going on?

                             

                            Sue.

                            • 11. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                              xojeb Level 1

                              I had to logout and in, open and close Illustrator and other Adobe products and restart the machien a few times before it worked. Not sure which step actually got it to do work correctly. I also logged in to Adobe CC via a browser fwiw. And for me once it was started and the Libraries were loaded I needed to wait a minute for the colors to actually be available to add to swatches even though I could see them.

                               

                              And to the OP's point / Note to Adobe developers if you ever see these messages: one should be able to import any or all of one's Libraries into the Swatches panels without having to individually select each color again (presumably one selected these colors judiciously enough the first time around).

                              • 12. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                Thanks XOJeb,

                                 

                                I'll pass this along to the product team.

                                 

                                Sue.

                                • 13. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                  cowtoon_01 Level 1

                                  AWESOME! I knew the answer was somewhere! This way better then downloading.

                                   

                                  Loving it

                                   

                                  Scott

                                  • 14. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                    Swill Klitch Level 1

                                    Libraries suck anyway. I mean, recreate colors one by one? Really? I could copy palettes from Kuler/Color Themes in one click! Why can't I drag, copy, import, whatever A WHOLE color theme from Libraries to Swatches? It is Color Theme or Palette, not a bunch of random colors - it must be together!

                                    Very annoying. Adobe could leave Color Themes import working, while Libraries not fully ready.

                                    • 15. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                      xojeb Level 1

                                      Yes, it is absurd how primitive these are now.

                                      • 16. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                        Henkarus Level 1

                                        I'm trying to use the color libraries in Muse but I've had the same problem as the OP; I can see the library 'color theme', and can see the hex details if I hover over individual colours, but I can't select these colours in muse as  suggested by kplover.

                                         

                                        I found a workaround; if I open up photoshop, the options for working with colour are exact as for kplover's post.

                                        Selecting each colour from the color theme opens it as an individual colour, these can then be easily added to the swatch.

                                        Its not ideal, but it does the job.


                                        • 17. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                          Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                          Hi Henkarus,

                                           

                                          My apologies for taking so long to respond. I dropped a note about this to the product manager of Adobe Muse and she said that CC Libraries color swatch integration is not fully implemented in the current version of Muse... but the team is working on it and it should be a more fully-formed feature in a future update of the desktop app.

                                           

                                          She has the link to your post and will hopefully come on and give you a better explanation than I could/can but in the meantime, I hope that helps a bit.

                                           

                                          Sorry again for being so slow with this information.

                                           

                                          Sue.

                                          • 18. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                            Stubbler Level 1

                                            So, I am running Adobe CC 2015.0.0 release, and am experiencing the exact same issue.

                                             

                                            One would logically think that if you developed a new palette (Color Theme) with the online Adobe Color tool, and then sync this new palette to the Adobe Libraries, one would be able to use these colors right away in whatever Adobe product you are current in.

                                             

                                            Wrong.

                                             

                                            I simply cannot add this Color Theme to my swatches, or use the colors directly.  By reviewing this thread, it sounds like I need to do a bunch of rebooting for this to work?  Does this have something to do with Administrative permissions on my network?


                                            This could be so much more straightforward, why does it need to be difficult?

                                             

                                            Please help if anyone has a concrete answer, thank you.

                                            Chris

                                            • 19. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                              Stubbler Level 1

                                              Also, my Color Themes tab keeps on spinning ("Checking for a valid Adobe ID...") on not connecting, even after I signed in.  Perhaps this is a network permissions issue?

                                               

                                              If that's the case, how come I'm able to sync on my Libraries tab but not on the Color Themes tab?

                                              • 20. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                Stubbler Level 1

                                                Ok, so rebooting seems to have worked, and allowed the Color Themes tab to show all my swatches.

                                                 

                                                Please disregard for now.

                                                • 21. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                  Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                                  Stubbler,

                                                   

                                                  Glad you got it working.

                                                   

                                                  Sue.

                                                  • 22. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                    LindsayLigature Level 1

                                                    Hi, I am having a similar issue. My color libraries — completely up-to-date CC btw — will not sync on a regular basis. Currently I have libraries syncing on my Macbook Pro, but not my iMac. This has also happened in reverse, with them working on the iMac and not the Macbook, many times. I don't mind needing to log in and sync to use Adobe Color, but this regular lack of usability due to (I assume) sync issues is extremely frustrating. As this post proves, my internet connection is not the problem and I tried restarting CC to clear things up... no go.

                                                     

                                                    I can't afford to stop and shut down my entire machine every time CC libraries decide not to sync. I wish you would bring back downloadable swatches for this reason—they're sync-problem-proof.

                                                     

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                                                    • 23. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                      Nikarax Level 1

                                                      My issue is I use other software in my workflow that is not Adobe, and I have partners that still use versions before CC, so why have you taken away the ability to export library and color tables to an external file?  For such reasons as above or for the reason of backup.

                                                       

                                                      Currently, the reason for my post is because I am trying to use one of my library's for a custom indexed color mode, and the load button only lets me search for this external file type you stoped allowing us to export as from what I can tell, and it wont give any options to load my Library's in the current document, the color picker wont even activate over the color swatches in the library, but will work in the recently used swatches.

                                                       

                                                      This seems like a major piece of missing content in your software, or that you guys just don't care and are trying to make it so if you don't ONLY!!!! use Adobe products from CC ONLY!! then where not worth your time to offer user friendly experience.

                                                      • 24. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                        Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                                        Hi Nikarax,

                                                         

                                                        You can save your Color Themes to your Swatches panel in InDesign CC and in Photoshop CC

                                                        In InDesign CC it's Window > Adobe Color Themes > My Themes

                                                        In Photoshop CC it's Window > Extensions > Adobe Color Themes > My Themes

                                                         

                                                        Once you get My Themes open in either desktop app, you'll see an Actions dropdown right next to the Color Themes. Choose Add to Swatches and the colors will show up in your Swatches panel.

                                                         

                                                        The cool thing about performing this function in InDesign CC is that when you save your Color Theme to your Swatches panel, it also saves it as a Color Group (with all the colors in a folder). If you tap on the pulldown menu in the upper right corner of the Swatches panel (see attached) and choose Save Swatches, you'll be able to save these colors to your desktop as a .ase file.

                                                         

                                                        iD_SwatchesPanel.jpg

                                                         

                                                        Written out, this process sounds a lot longer than it is. Hopefully it will work for what you need to do.

                                                         

                                                        Sue.

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                                                        • 25. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                          Thomas Dearie Level 1

                                                          Hi Sue


                                                          Yes – the intuitive way I expected Photoshop to behave in this instance is that I would be able to select all the colors in a library and have a button or menu choice to "Add to Swatches" and have them all copied into the document swatches, complete with their names (especially the names, since we need to know we're referring to the same colours as our colleagues and typing them is a pain).

                                                           

                                                          Or simply drag and drop. Any of these would work.

                                                           

                                                          (Another reason that we copy library colors to swatches is that the mechanism for applying library colors to elements in the image is inconsistent and still a bit kludgy. For example, you can't select a few words in a text block and simply click on the library color to apply that color. Might seem like a small thing, but we do it hundreds of times a day.)

                                                           

                                                          Anyway - thanks for chipping in and helping out.

                                                           

                                                          Tom

                                                          • 26. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                            Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                                            Hi Thomas,

                                                             

                                                            Thanks for posting; I'll share all your comments with the Capture team. I completely agree; anything anyone does hundreds of times a day should be as easy as possible.

                                                             

                                                            Thanks again.

                                                             

                                                            Sue.

                                                            • 27. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                              Tony123456 Level 1

                                                              I found this thread while trying to find out how to move a color theme to swatches. I'm on Photoshop CC 2017.1.1. It looks like you still can't directly copy them from the Libraries panel. I tried using the Adobe Color Themes panel and that worked. I'm wondering why there has to be two panels. Color Themes are already shown in the Libraries panel and it looks like you should be able to do anything from the Color Theme section of the Libraries panel that you can from the Adobe Color Themes panel. I didn't even know there was a different panel to get to the color themes until I was reading this thread. It's not a big deal I guess, it's just a round-about way to get things done.

                                                              • 28. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                                Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                                                Hi Tony.

                                                                 

                                                                Sounds like you figured out something that will work for you, but I wanted to explain what I posted above, again.

                                                                 

                                                                In Photoshop CC go to Window > Extensions > Adobe Color Themes

                                                                Once that menu opens you'll see three dots at the bottom right of each theme. Click on that and choose Add to Swatches and the colors will show up in your Swatches panel.

                                                                 

                                                                Hoping this is more clear than what I posted above.

                                                                 

                                                                Sue.

                                                                 

                                                                Here's a screenshot:

                                                                 

                                                                Capture_ColorThemesToSwatches.jpg

                                                                • 29. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                                  Tony123456 Level 1

                                                                  Hi Sue,

                                                                   

                                                                  Thanks for the reply!

                                                                   

                                                                  I found that up earlier in the thread, and it did work. I think you didn't notice because I called it Adobe Color Theme 'panel.' I guess I should have said 'extension.'

                                                                   

                                                                  My reply was just saying it looks like the Libraries panel could be made to work the same as the Adobe Color Theme extension. Adding the three dots to the color themes in the Libraries panel SHOULD be easy... although I know it may not be. That would remove the need to use both the Libraries panel and the Adobe Color Themes extension.

                                                                   

                                                                  Thanks again.

                                                                  • 30. Re: How do I get colors from a library theme into swatches?
                                                                    Sue Garibaldi Adobe Employee (Admin)

                                                                    Tony.

                                                                     

                                                                    I agree; it does seem that the dropdown should also be in the Color Themes in Libraries panel to begin with.

                                                                     

                                                                    Sue.