How can I fix the screwed up color swatches in the updated 2020 photoshop?

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Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019

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I need to know how to undo the stupidity that adobe did to the color swatches in photoshop. I liked it the way it was, and I litterally HATE the screwed up, worthless, junk they did to it. What idiot decided it would be a good idea to put them in a bunch of folders? Only a true fool would do that...

 

This is what it looks like now, the fool that did this must have been drunk or high on crack or something...

 

color_swatches_all_screwed_up.png

 

How can I undo what the dopey drunk fool did that did this, and get the color swatches back like they were? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019
You can load the old Default Swatches from Required folder in the Photoshop program folder (windows) or Photoshop Application (mac right click show package contents) if you still have an older photoshop version installed.      

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019

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You can drag swatches in /out of groups. To take them out click on the first in the group , shift click on the last then drag them above the groups to take them out. 

To put them in a group drag onto a folder

 

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Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019

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Thank you for the quick reply. And thank you very much for trying to help.

 

However that wasn't what I was looking for. I just need to know how to completely undo the damage that adobe did with this "update" without having to drag from a bunch of folders and rearange in a new folder. I just need to know how to put them back exactly like they were before the so called "update". 

 

I suppose I was hoping that someone from adobe would read my post, feel ashamed enough of what they did that they would offer up a soloution like, "Do this, then click this button and restrart photoshop and it'll be back exactly like it was. We apologize for our stupidity in doing this and will refrain from ever doing it in the future." That'ts what they should do but knowing how the arrogant pieces of junk are, that probably won't ever happen...

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New Here ,
Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020

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YESSS IT' REALLY IS THAT FRUSTRATING!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 19, 2020 Jul 19, 2020

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JoeH I sure appreciate your viewpoint! Did you ever resolve this? It is killing me; I am vowing to quit Photoshop forever.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019

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You can load the old Default Swatches from Required folder in the Photoshop program folder (windows) or Photoshop Application (mac right click show package contents) if you still have an older photoshop version installed.

 

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Nov 04, 2019 Nov 04, 2019

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Thank you Jeff. I was able to do that, and it worked!

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New Here ,
Feb 22, 2020 Feb 22, 2020

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joeh87907460, Can you please go through the steps of how to do that? I still have an older version of Photoshop on the computer (Mac) but have no idea how to get the swatches from there into the new version. Like you, I find the new swatch system moronic. Thank you!

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Mentor ,
Nov 05, 2019 Nov 05, 2019

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I even went as far as exporting CC2019's default swatches as an ASE to reimport it, then dragged all the swatches out of the folder 🙂

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New Here ,
Nov 11, 2019 Nov 11, 2019

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This does NOT work. The Color Swatches folder is empty. As the OP stated, "What idiot thought this was a great idea?" I bet if life was a cartoon where we all had light bulbs appear over our heads; that person would have spawned a busted Christmas bulb......................

 

So, what magic fix do you have now that is NOT  a "canned note" company response?

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Jeff

I am sorry to sound like an idiot btut new at photoshp and where does one find the color swatches in the first place? I have been trying everything to get my swatch panel to look similar to the one above. Please help

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New Here ,
Feb 22, 2020 Feb 22, 2020

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Jeff Arola, I still have Photoshop 2018 on my computer. Can you please give detailed, step-by-step for morons instructions on how to load the old swatches into the new Photoshop? I am now running the 21.1.0 version (just switched over to supposedly fix an issue) and also absolutely hate the new swatch system. Makes my work so much slower and cumbersome! Thank you.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2020 Feb 22, 2020

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Sujeka,

 

What operating system are you using?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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I still can't get the default swatches to load. Any other suggestions?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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Karen did you ever find a way? I cannot either and am incredibly frustrated. I'm on newest verion of PS (21.2.1) and newest Mac OS. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2020 Jul 06, 2020

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While you're at it, how do I get my swatches back after they were trashed by installing 2020 21.2 (they were there in 21.1.3)?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2020 Jul 06, 2020

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Found my own answer, here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/empty-color-swatches-folder-in-photoshop-2020/td-p/10891406...

 

Selected Legacy Swatches and OMG, I undid an Adobe dumb thing.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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Did not work for me 😞   Adobe is so annoying.

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020

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Didn'twork for me. I HATE the stupid new 2020 Swatches. Tried installing from a 2019 Photoshop. I don't want Pantone. I just want the old GRID of RGB and CMYK colors. How do I do that, step by step AFTER opening the Required folder and clicking on the Swatches folder? Do I select ".aco"?

When is Adobe going to fix this?

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2020 Jul 27, 2020

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This is not a simple transition for any designer working with actual color builds and these suggestions do not revert to the traditional panel setup. At this point, we need a seperate program for non-professionals because it's becoming too oversimplified. I can only hope that this won't be in Illustrator, too...

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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I do not have an older version instakled so unfortunately Jeff Arola that won't work (I tried).

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020

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This swatch display problem definitely needs to be fixed. Please just remove inane hidden panels and restore them to the full display of the swatches in one place. Whoever designed this panel, and most importantly, whoever approved this panel, clearly have never worked with PS in a daily production environment. This panel idea seems to have been done simply to match the design of other panels, without regard for how the tool/information is used, and no understanding of why it is crucial to have the swatches on display in a single space to quickly (did I mention daily production environment?) make a selection. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of screen real estate the new panels take up. This is the real world talking, PS managers. Don't mess up a good thing, you'll find that users don't have time to waste fighting these battles. Put someone in charge who actually spent a decade or more using PS in production, and get the swatches back.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 24, 2020 Dec 24, 2020

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You are not addressing Adobe here. This forum is answered by volunteer PS users. You can raise feature requests at the link below , where they will be seen by Adobe staff.
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

 

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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I save out my default swatches in illustrator, and I found them close enough.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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"saved out"

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