Color Palettes

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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.


Color Palettes in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

There are multiple color palettes in Sketchbook, including the Color Editor Swatches and the Color Puck Color Palettes.

**Due to licensing restrictions, the Copic Color library has been removed from the latest version of Sketchbook.

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 WindowColor Editor.
  • In the toolbar, tap Color Editor icon.

NOTE: 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

When 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.

NOTE: The new color swatch will replace the one it’s dropped onto.


Accessing the Color Puck palette

Creating a color swatch

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.

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

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

Color Puck stages


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

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.

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

Gradient Fill palette Example of a new gradient swatch added to the palette


Accessing the Gradient Palette

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


Using the Gradient Fill Palette

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.

Flood Fill toolbar

  1. Click-drag to place the fill.

Create gradient fill

  1. Do either of the following:
  • To change the color of a manipulator, double-click the manipulator and select another color from the Color Wheel.

    Change gradient fill Additional gradient fill change Final gradient fill change

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

    Final gradient fill changeChange gradient fillNew gradient fill


Color Palettes in Sketchbook for Android

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

IMPORTANT: 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 tablet users

On tablet devices there are two color palettes, one in the Color Editor (Swatches), and another in the Layer Editor.To access the Color Editor, at the bottom of the Layer Editor, tap Switch to color swatches in Sketchbook for mobile. 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 handheld device users

The color swatches appear in their own panel of the editor. Tap  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 Sketchbook

Selecting a swatch

Open the Color Editor:

For Android tablet users:

  • 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 TriggerTrigger 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 Android handheld-device users:

  • Tap Color Editor icon in the toolbar.
  • Tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Sketchbook on iPad and tap the bottom section of the Double Puck.
  • Tap The Swatches icon from the iOS version of Sketchbook to access the color swatches.
  1. Tap a swatch to load your brush with that color.
  2. Tap the canvas to continue sketching.


Creating and changing a swatch

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 Sketchbook to access the color swatches.
  3. Tap-drag the color ribbon onto or between swatches to add the color to the list.

Create a custom color


Color Sets in Sketchbook for iOS

Color sets are groups of customizable color palettes. A set contains 12 palettes that can each store up to 60 individual color swatches.

Color Sets can be accessed from the tab interface in the Color Wheel or by toggling to the full   view by tapping on the Color Set icon at the top right of the Color Editor.


Customizing your swatches

To customize, drag and drop from any of the swatches on the top of the Color Editor (current color, previous color, complementary color, or a swatch from the color history).  Drag it over an existing swatch to replace it or append a new color to the end position of the palette.

TIPS:

  • The Color Wheel view with the palette tab is ideal for selecting which palette and dragging in colors.
  • Deleting swatches from a palette is available in the full Color Set view.
  • Renaming individual palettes is available in the full Color Set View.


TIP: When you have multiple sets, use the arrow keys on the full Color Set view to move to next or previous color sets quickly.


Color Set Library

Tap on the Library icon to manage all the Color Sets, or to create new ones.

In the Library, you can create new blank color sets or use a preset as a starting point.  You can create up to a maximum of 50 distinct color sets.

Each set can be renamed, duplicated, deleted or re-ordered.


Color Palettes in Sketchbook for Windows 10

Color Editor Swatches for Windows 10

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 Pro, custom color swatches).

Accessing the Color Editor Swatches for Windows 10

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 Pro 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.

IMPORTANT: 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 Pro Windows Tablet