Swatches panel (Photo Persona only)

The Swatches panel makes it easy to use predefined colours, and also to define, store and reuse your own selection of colours.

About the Swatches panel

The Swatches panel stores your recently used colours and lets you access a range of predefined palettes, each containing solid or gradient fill swatches. These can be selected for use with various tools and for applying directly to objects. You can also create and store your own swatches as custom colour palettes either for the document, application or system-wide, as well as import any exported Affinity .afpalette from other users or import Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) palettes.

As well as accessing various palettes, you can create global, spot, and overprint colours for vector content. Your registration colour can also be customised.

The panel contains a search facility for displaying only named swatches which match the typed description.

Swatches panel

Swatches panel: (A) Primary/Secondary colour selectors with colour 'none' swatch and 'swap' arrow, (B) Colour picker tool and picked colour swatch, (C) Category list, (D) Category colour palette swatches, (E) Search, (F) Panel Preferences, (G) Opacity control, (H) Recently used colours, (I) None, Black, Mid-grey and White swatches, (J) Add current colour to palette as a global colour, (K) Add current fill to palette, (L) Registration colour, (M) Global colour, (N) Overprint colour, (O) Spot colour.

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Markings which distinguish specialist colour swatches: (A) Global, (B) Overprint, (C) Spot.

The active colour selector is shown at the front of the two colour selectors. Choosing a new colour will apply it to the active colour selector.

For vector shapes, lines and text, the colour selector is for stroke and fill colour instead of Primary and Secondary colour, respectively.

The Swatches panel also shows None, Black, Mid-grey and White swatches, recently used colours and an opacity control. Swatches are organized into colour palettes by category.

Working with palettes

The ten most recently used colours are automatically added to the panel on a temporary basis. You can permanently store custom colours and gradients that you use most often in any of the palettes or you can create custom palettes to host them.

The following types of palette exist within Affinity Photo:

Saving and deleting custom colour palettes

Panel Preferences To create a new palette:
Add current fill to palette To save a colour or gradient to a palette:
  1. On the Swatches panel, select a palette from the palette pop-up menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • -click an object, then from the pop-up menu, click Add to>Swatches and choose to add colour from fill, stroke or both.
    • Select Add current colour to palette.
To edit a saved swatch:
To delete a saved swatch:

Generating a palette from document

You can generate a palette from the colours used throughout your document.

Panel Preferences To generate a palette from document:

A new palette is created (named after the document) using all the colours currently in the document.

Generating a palette from an image

You can generate a palette of colours from any supported image file.

Panel Preferences To generate a palette from an image:

Sharing custom palettes

You can also share custom colour palettes for use by other Affinity Photo users.

Panel Preferences To export a colour palette:
  1. Choose the palette you want to export from the palette pop-up menu.
  2. Click Panel Preferences and choose Export Palette from the menu.
  3. Type a name for the exported file, choose the disk location you want to save it to and click Save.
Panel Preferences To import a colour palette:
  1. Click Panel Preferences and choose Import Palette from the menu.
  2. Locate the file you want to import and click Open.
  3. (Optional) If the palette you are importing has the same name as an existing palette, choose an appropriate action in the dialog.

The newly imported palette will now be available to choose in the palette pop-up menu.

Setting default palettes

Any palette can be set as the default used for specific colour formats. For example, you can set RGB/8 documents to have a different default palette to CMYK/8 documents.

Panel Preferences To set a default palette:
  1. On the Swatches panel, select a palette from the palette pop-up menu.
  2. Click Panel Preferences and choose a colour format option from the Set as Default for from the pop-up menu.