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Having your color palette named and saved in Affinity designer will save you time and boost your brand workflow. There are three main ways you can create and store a color palette in affinity designer. Although you can add a document or a system palette, we’ll just be adding application palettes in this tutorial.

1. From an Image

With the Affinity Designer app opened click on the “Swatches” tab in your studio section [If you don’t see it you can open it with: View > Studio > Swatches]. 

Theres is a little icon to the right of the Tabs that looks like small white horizontal lines with a little arrow on the bottom right of it. Click on that icon, then click on “Create Palette from Image…”.

Click on the “Select Image” box on the top left of that new window and open the image you want to use.

You’ll be given an option of how many colors you want in the palette from that image. Set the location box to “Application”. This will allow you to access the palette whenever you are in the Affinity Designer application. 

Click “Create”.

2. From the Document

To make a palette from the colors you already have in the document you start the same way from the little icon at the far right of the Swatches tab. 

Click on “Create Palette from Document” > “As Application Palette”

This will automatically create a new palette with all the colors represented in the document. Depending on what you are using the palette for, this approach can sometimes be unhelpful since you have no control on how many colors you want. If you have an image or anything with gradients it will give you a bloated list of colors.

After you have the palette you should rename the palette for easy access. Go to that little icon to the right of the tabs and click on “Rename Palette”

Type in your new name and press okay.

You should see the palette name changed right above the color swatches, and you can choose it from this dropdown whenever you want.

3. Manually

Should you want to make a color palette from scratch within the application all you have to do is click on the little icon to the right of the swatches tab and go to > Add Application Palette.

This should create a new palette with no colors which has a name like “Unamed #”. I suggest you rename it by going to that little icon to the right of the tabs again and clicking on “Rename Palette”. Then just type in your new name and press okay.

You can add the current color of any fill you are using to your color palette by clicking on the palette icon to the right of your palette name. This will add a swatch to your palette. Now anytime you have a shape or fill and want it this color you just simple click on this swatch to change it.

I suggest grabbing the rectangle tool [“M” key on Mac] and making a few boxes for you to play with the color. Then clicking on the fill color, choose the “Lightness”, “Hue” and “Saturation” settings to adjust or fine tune your color palette.

We’re you able to make a custom color palette from this tutorial? Did I miss anything?


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