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Wed, Jul 31, 2019 10:06 AM

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Photoshop: Much Bigger Color Picker Swatch - No Outlines / Borders

Hello Photoshop developers...

Writing to share an idea that would be life-changing for painters who use Photoshop. 

Giving users the option to increase the size of the "Foreground Color" swatch. So that it is BIG and visible for picking the exact tone that the user wishes to pick. If you just look at the color wheel below.. you can see how big and beautiful the wheel and triangle are... but wow... is that color swatch TINY.... This makes the current chosen color essentially indistinguishable!

Subtle hue changes are completely lost upon the eye, because we cannot see such a tiny speck of a swatch. This makes it hard to pick colors for a painting... Because you cannot see what you are picking...

Even worse, is the horrid stack of outlines surrounding the color swatch. Removing these would be life-changing... because it would let users see the color they are picking clearly. There is a visual effect on the human eye - when white surrounds dark colors... they all look the same - because the white creates a "halo" effect / bright contrast effect that blinds the eye. This makes picking colors unnecessarily hard, and hit-and-miss.

If the Foreground Color Swatch could be BIG and not be surrounded by any outline - (Just like the wheel, triangle, and sliders) - a clean, BIG foreground color swatch - this would be... just amazing for Photoshop users! 

Also, allowing the users to hide the sliders... would be a great and welcome addition. So there is no visual distraction, if the user just wants to use the wheel and triangle, and not the sliders.

But most importantly, just giving users the option to make the Foreground Swatch far bigger, without the blinding outlines... Would be life-changing for painters.

The whole point being: Just to be able to see the color you are picking - and have it be big enough to be able to compare it to the rest of the painting - so you can make the right color choice.

I know there are extensions like Coolorus that have bigger swatches, without the glaring outlines. Sadly, Coolorus does not reflect work space ICC color profiles, making it obsolete when using different profiles.

If Photoshop could have these options, color extensions might not be needed.

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2 y ago

Just adapt the interface to your needs .... And of course to save it as a personal environment!




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2 y ago

Yves Crausaz, posted a mockup of the idea - a panel version, and a floating version - these show the "foreground swatch" bigger - hopefully now it's easier to see the idea?

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2 y ago

Just bumping this post... wondering if there are other artists out there who would find it useful to see the color they are selecting bigger/without blinding outlines? Instead of through Photoshop's tiny color swatch, where you can't really see what you are picking?

Sort of this idea: