Does Fireworks control your color palettes or do you?

As I sit here at the local laundry mat watching my clothes spin endlessly in the void of suds and dirt, I was thinking to myself "How many people really export their color palettes for later use in Fireworks"?

Do you export your color palettes? Why?

Do you save a copy for every client project you do in FW? Have a palette for every mood your in when you design mocks? Collect various palettes for various projects?

One of the main reasons I keep custom color palettes handy is so I can access any color from the popup color wells in the toolbox or property inspector. You’ll understand more once you try out the steps below:

You dont have any custom colors? (Skip this part if you do) Here’s a quick trick to gather color cubes from an image.

Steps to extract color information from an image:

  1. Import any image you want to extract the color information out of
  2. Open the Optimize panel (Window > Optimize)
  3. Select GIF, Colors: 256
  4. Click the "Rebuild" button (Snags the most popular colors from the image)
  5. Open the Swatches panel. (Window > Swatches)
  6. Select "Clear Swatches".
  7. Click the icon in the top-right corner of the panel and select "Current Export Palette".

Now you should have some custom colors in the Swatches panel.

Save the palette somewhere useful. We’ll use it for the following steps.

Customizing the color palettes:

  1. Open the Swatches panel
  2. Click the icon in the top-right corner of the panel and select "Add Swatches", find the .act file we created earlier and select it.
  3. You’ll notice by default, the custom colors were dumped right into the Swatches panel (Color Cubes), now open up the color well on the PI or toolbox and you’ll notice the custom colors are added there as well.

There’s a couple ways to do this technique, but experiment and see which works best for you.

One Response to Does Fireworks control your color palettes or do you?

  1. chris clark says:

    I had to define a color index order for an job and fireworks made my life very difficul All of my exported images needed the same color palette and color index assignment. Is there some way to customize and lock the sequence of colors so that color 10 for example will always keep the rgb value you assign? Needless to say I was exporting from fireworks with the colors reduced and optimized then opening up that image file in Paint Shop Pro and exporting the palette as a text file, cutting and pasting the RGB values where I needed them to be in the palette order, then re-importing the palette to apply to all the exported images. Quelle horreur! Thanks for the palette tips!