Gradient map library

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I currently manage a retouching department for a uniform company. I have implemented a technique to recolor garments using Gradient Maps. I have ran into a couple issues and wonder if there can be updates to how Gradient Map libraries work.
My team consists of 12 retouchers, we have around 20 different collections of uniforms and an average about 20-50 different colors per collection, plus new colors are introduced every season. I've created a gradient map library for every collection and a preset for each color. We recolor a garment by selecting a preset and then adjusting the sliders for contrast, highlights and shadows.
I also use CC libraries so they can pull up solid colors to compare a midtone color value to the garments. I easily share with my team the CC libraries. They receive updates to colors on the fly, its amazing. But with gradient maps when I add or update a new color to the palette, its a mission to get everyone to replace new .grd file to their library. My main question is, will and can Gradients be part of a CC library someday? It will greatly increase work flow and ease of sharing with my team. 
Secondary concern, adding new gradients to the palettes is cumbersome. It will always input any new presets into the bottom of the list. It makes it tricky to find color names because there is no way to list them in alphabetical order. 2nd question would be, can an alphabetical listing be implemented sometime in the near future? 
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L Hurtado

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  • frustrated.

Posted 1 year ago

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Bill Broughton

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An excellent question for a huge problem. In fact, the same issue exists for Patterns.
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eartho, Champion

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This seems like such a no-brainer and i'm surprised (but also, not) that gradient map presets aren't already a part of the CC Libraries.

Well, that and all the other presets types which most professionals would need to share with their team...