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Color Palettes

The Color Palette contains color swatches. The version of SketchBook you are running will determine whether the palette is visible or needs to be opened, by tapping an icon. Your version will also determine how many and what kinds of palettes are available. Some palettes can be customized. See the section that pertains to your version for more details.

How to add custom color swatches

In some versions, the palette can be customized to contain custom color swatches. Any swatch can be replaced and the entire collection can be reset to the default settings.

  1. In these cases, create a custom color or use the Color Picker to grab a color from elsewhere (such as from a reference image). The color will appear in the Current Color section above the Color Wheel.
  2. Tap-drag the color from there to the Swatches area.

Depending on your version, you can drop it into an empty slot or on a swatch, which replaces the existing color with the new one.

Color Palettes in SketchBook for Desktop (Pro)

There are quite a few color palettes in this version, the Color Editor Swatches, Color Puck Color Palettes, and the Copic Color Library.

Color Editor Swatches

Customizing the Color Editor

This color palette comes with a standard set of default color swatches. Custom swatches can be added. Swatches can also be overwritten. There is a preference to reset all swatches to their defaults.

Accessing the Color Editor Swatches

Open the Color Editor by doing any of the following:

  • In the lagoon, tap Open Color Editor icon.
  • Select Window > Color Editor.
  • In the toolbar, tap  Color Editor icon.

If the swatches aren’t visible, drag the bottom of the editor down to expose them.

Adding custom colors to the System Color Editor palette

For Mac only

Drag a color chip from the swatch to the palette at the bottom of the Color Editor.

customized color palette

Saving a customized color palette using the System Color Editor

For Mac only

The next time SketchBook opens, your customized color palette appears.

Color Puck Color Palette and Gradient Palette

Creating a color swatchWhen a solid fill is selected from the Fill toolbar, and you’re in the Color Puck, the Color Palette is available. It contains color swatches. If you want to save a color you’ve used, tap-drag the color swatch onto a swatch within the palette below. * The new color swatch will replace the one it’s dropped onto.

Accessing the Color Puck palette

Tap the Color Puck, then tap Open Color Palette icon to access the palette and Color Palette icon to close it.

Using the Color Palette

Quickly select a color from the palette.

1. Tap the middle of the Color Puck to access the Color Wheel.

Puck to access Color PaletteColor Wheel to access Color Palette

2. Tap Open Color Palette icon to open the palette.

Color Wheel to access Color PaletteColor Wheel to access Color Palette 2

3. To select a swatch color, tap a swatch.

Color Wheel to access Color Palette 2

Adding custom colors to the Color Puck palette

To add a new swatch to the palette, create a color with the Color Wheel, then click-drag the new color swatch onto another swatch in palette to replace it.

Creating a color swatch

Gradient Fill Palette (Pro)

Not available for Free users

When a linear linear fill icon or radial radial fill icon fill is selected from the Fill toolbar, and you’re in the Color Puck, the Gradient Fill Palette is available. It contains swatches of pre-made gradient fills. If you create a fill and want to save it, tap-drag the gradient swatch to the palette below.

The new gradient swatch will replace the swatch it’s dropped onto.

Example of a new gradient swatch added to the palette

Accessing the Gradient Palette

Tap the Color Puck, then tap  to access the Gradient Fill Palette and Open Palette icon to close it.

Using the Gradient Fill Palette (Pro)

Not available for Free users

Quickly select a gradient fill from the Gradient Palette.

1. With the Flood Fill tool selected, select a gradient fill from the Flood Fill toolbar.

2. Click-drag to place the fill.

3. Do either of the following:

  • To change the color of a manipulator, double-click the manipulator and select another color from the Color Wheel.

  • To select a different gradient fill, double-click a manipulator and select another gradient fill from the Gradient Palette.

Copic Color Library

With the Copic Color Library, you can browse through groups of colors. For Pro subscribers, you can create custom color sets and access complementary colors. See Copic Color Library for more information.

Color Palettes in SketchBook for Mobile (Pro)

There are three color palettes in this version, one in the Color Editor (Swatches), another in the Layer Editor, and the other is the Copic Color Library.

Color Editor Swatches

Color Editor in SketchBook for Mobile on a tablet This color palette comes with a standard set of default color swatches. Custom swatches can be added. Swatches can also be overwritten. There is a preference to reset all swatches to their defaults.

You must close out of the Editor to save your swatches. Do this by either selecting another tool from the toolbar, sketching, saving, or letting the editor close on its own.

When working on projects where the client has provided a color palette, capture and store swatches of these colors for future use. After a project is completed, to remove swatches, you can overwrite them or reset your color swatches to their defaults.

Accessing the Color Editor Swatches for SketchBook v.4.0 or above tablet users

To access the Color Editor, at the bottom of the Layer Editor, tap  Color Editor icon (iOS users) or Switch to color swatches in SketchBook for Mobile (Android users). This switches the editor to display a palette of default colors, containing the same swatches as the ones found in the Color Editor. When one is updated, the other updates, as well. To add a color to either palette, drag the Current Color (found above the Color Wheel) onto either palette. It will replace the swatch it’s dropped on.

Accessing the Color Editor Swatches for SketchBook v.4.0 or above handheld device users

The color swatches appear in their own panel of the editor, replacing the color wheel. Tap Swatches icon to show/hide color swatches in SketchBook for Mobile at the bottom of the panel to access them. To return to the color wheel, tap Color Editor icon. To exit the Color Editor, tap the x.

The Color Swatch panel in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook

Selecting a swatch for SketchBook v.4.0 or above users

Swatches in the iPhone version of Autodesk SketchBookIf you don’t quite know what color to use, why not check out the color swatches or the Copic Color Library. They will give you plenty of inspiration.

1. Open the Color Editor:

For tablet users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above:

•  Tap Color Editor icon at the bottom of the Layer Editor.

•  Tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad and tap the bottom section of the Double Puck.

•  If your UI is hidden, with one hand tap-hold the Trigger Trigger icon in the Autodesk SketchBook 64-bit iOS version and drag to select Color from the menu. With the other, make changes or select colors.

For handheld-device users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above:

•  Tap Color Editor icon in the toolbar.

•  Tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad and tap the bottom section of the Double Puck. Tap The Swatches icon from the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook to access the color swatches.

2. Tap a swatch to load your brush with that color.

3. Tap the canvas to continue sketching.

Creating and changing a swatch for SketchBook v.4.0 or above users

After creating a color, save it by creating a swatch. The swatches you add, replace existing ones.

  1. Create a custom color.
  2. Tap The Swatches icon from the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook to access the color swatches.
  3. Tap-drag the color ribbon onto or between swatches to add the color to the list.

Copic Color Library (Pro)

Not available for Free users

With the Copic Color Library, you can browse through groups of colors and access complementary colors. You cannot create custom swatch sets in this version. See Copic Color Library for more information.

Color Palettes in SketchBook for Windows 10 (Pro)

There are two color palettes in this version, one in the Color Editor (Swatches), the other is the Copic Color Library.

Color Editor Swatches

Do you see a bunch of slider and wonder where are the swatches we’ve mentioned? Tap Color Swatches Show/Hide toggle to show/hide the swatches (pre-defined and, as you use SketchBook, custom color swatches).

Accessing the Color Editor Swatches

Do you just want to work with the Color Wheel and not see the swatches? If so, tap Color Swatches Show/Hide toggle to show/hide the swatches.

Show/hide swatches in SketchBook for Windows Tablet

Adding custom color swatches

Add to and build a custom library of swatches. Tap-drag a color from the current color swatch to the Swatch panel.

If you drag a color onto or between existing colors, the new color replaces the highlighted older swatch in the Swatches panel. To avoid this, scroll down to the bottom of the Swatches panel, then drag the new swatch onto an empty square.

Adding a swatch to the Swatches panel in SketchBook for Windows Tablet

Copic Color Library (Pro)

Not available for Free users

With the Copic Color Library, you can browse through groups of colors and access complementary colors. You cannot create custom swatch sets in this version. See Copic Color Library for more information.

 

Updated on November 7, 2017

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