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Photoshop in Focus

The Swatches palette can be a great time saver—not only can you easily and quickly use the exact color in a variety of places in an image, but you can also find many of those hard-to-mix colors already prepared. You can also use the Swatches palette to find the RGB or CMYK equivalent of a specific color.

1.
Drag Photoshop's Swatches palette to the top-left corner of your screen, and drag the lower-right corner down and to the right. Open the palette wide, ready for filling.

2.
Use the Swatches palette menu to load the following swatch sets: Pantone Metallic Coated, Pantone Pastel Coated, and Pantone Solid Coated. (Skip Pantone Process Coated.)

3.
Position the Info palette so that it's visible.

4.
Select Palette Options from the Info palette menu.

5.
Set the first readout to RGB and the second readout to CMYK.

6.
Press I on the keyboard to select the Eyedropper tool.

7.
Move the Eyedropper around the Swatches palette and check the RGB and CMYK readings for various swatches. Compare various “gold” swatches from the metallic set to similar-looking swatches from the other Pantone collections. Note the exclamation marks to the right of the CMYK values for some of the metallic golds. That's the Info palette's gamut warning, comparable to the warning triangle in the Color palette.


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