Revision Date: 3 October 2016

Working With Palettes palettes contain 96 colors and are viewable in the Colors Window. When the Colors Window is minimized, the first 32 colors in the current palette are shown. When the Colors Window is expanded with the More » button, all 96 colors will be shown.

Palettes are easily customized. By defining different colors as part of a palette, colors frequently used in a composition are immediately available for selection.

Two icons situated immediately above the palette in the Colors Window are used to manage the colors.

Window Menu
Palette Management Icons

The first icon is colored by the shade associated with the active color (Primary or Secondary).

Click the icon to add the color to the palette. The icon will become highlighted and the palette surround will start to blink. Click a location in the palette to replace the existing color with the new one.

Click the icon again to deselect it and exit the color insertion mode.

The second icon opens a sub menu which provides access to commands for managing entire palettes:

Palettes Menu
Palette Menu

The first items in the sub menu represent available custom palettes.  In the above image, two custom palettes named Pastels and Vibrant can be seen.

Load a custom palette by clicking on it's name.

Save Current Palette As... saves the current palette to a custom palette file. Once the file is saved it will be available for selection at the top of the sub menu.

Open Palettes Folder starts Windows Explorer in the location where palettes are stored. The default location is C:\Users\[UserName]\Documents\ User Files\Palettes. If the palettes folder does not exist, clicking this menu item will create the folder, then open it.

Reset to Default Palette reopens the default palette.

Palette Files

Palette files are simple text (*.txt) files, editable in most word processors. They contain color information in eight digit hexadecimal notation in the format AARRGGBB.

; Palette File
; Lines that start with a semicolon are comments
; Colors are written as 8-digit hexadecimal numbers: aarrggbb
; For example, this would specify green: FF00FF00
; The alpha ('aa') value specifies how transparent a color is. FF is fully opaque, 00 is fully transparent.
; A palette must consist of ninety six (96) colors. If there are less than this, the remaining color
; slots will be set to white (FFFFFFFF). If there are more, then the remaining colors will be ignored.