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Revision Date: 27 August 2015

Working With Palettes

paint.net 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. This location defaults to C:\Users\[UserName]\Documents\paint.net User Files\Palettes.

Reset to Default Palette reopens the default paint.net 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.

; paint.net 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.
FF000000
FF404040
FFFF0000
FFFF6A00
FF23FFBD
FFB6FF00
FF4CFF00
FF00FF21
FF00FF90
FF00FFFF
FFFFFA7C
FF0026FF
FF4800FF
...