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Importing Photoshop .aco color palettes

  • Menu > Window > Color Set
  • click on the menu of the Color Set palette
  • select the Import Color set… menu
  • select your .aco file (or files)

Here is a nice Copic set of Photoshop color palettes.

color set palette
color set palette
color set palette menu
color set palette menu
color set edit dialog
color set edit dialog

Intermediate Color

  • Menu > Window > Intermediate Color
  • the Intermediate Color palette mixes up to 4 colors
  • the mouse cursor changes into a bucket when hovering over one of the 4 corner boxes - click the mouse button to fill that corner the current drawing color
  • keep the bottom left to white and the bottom right to black to get also color shades

2 colors, black & white
2 colors, black & white
4 colors
4 colors

Approximate Color

  • Menu > Window > Intermediate Color
  • allows you to get analogous colors
  • start a color - this will become the main color of this palette
  • play with the horizontal and vertical sliders until you get the desired colors
  • you can now pick any color from this palette
  • if you change the sliders, the current color becomes the main color (central) color of this palette

approximate color palette
approximate color palette
click on the slider label to change the property it controls
click on the slider label to change the property it controls

Color History

  • Menu > Window > Intermediate Color
  • shows all colors you've selected and used for drawing
  • you can save the current colors as a set or clear the history via the palette menu

color history palette
color history palette
color history palette menu
color history palette menu

Selecting colors via Sub View

  • Menu > Window > Sub View
  • Sub View palette allows you to use some references without restoring to opening them in a tab, as a regular drawing image
  • you can load multiple references in the Sub View
  • use the color picker to select colors from your reference images
  • the images loaded in the Sub View are reloaded when the program restarts and are not tied to a particular document