PHOTOSHOP - How to convert aco file to ase file?

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How can I convert a aco file to a ase file so I can put a swatch into illustrator.
My version of photoshop cs version 8 does not have the pull down tab on the swatch panel to do this , (save swatches for exchange)as it is only possible on later versions.
So how do I do this ?Please help.
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Load the ACO file into Photoshop's swatches, then use the menu on the swatches palette to export the swatches as ASE.

ASE support was only added in Photoshop CS2.
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Hi Chris

Really appreciate your help but I am fairly new to Photoshop and have a lot to learn.
So can you tell me , I was trying the different options on the pull down menu of the swatch box, which option should I choose so that the swatch is exported as an ASE?

Also I have tried to load my colour palettes into photoshop, (which my printer sent me) as tiff's and every time I try to load them they are greyed out, so I have problems with this as well.

Appreciate any help
Thanks Chris
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In Photoshop CS2 or later, select "Save Swatches for Exchange..."
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Chris
Thanks, also I have got my colour palette in the Colour swatches folder but when I load it into the Swatch panel, it loads the default swatch again instead of my custom one. Any ideas? Jean
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When you load your custom file, replace the existing swatches (not append), and it will load exactly the swatches that you saved in that file.
If you have more swatches than you want, you can always delete or rearrange them in the preset manager.
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Thanks again
I have tried to do this but I STILL keep getting the default swatches loading and not my custom ones.
Any ideas, e.g. Could it be a problem with the file??

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The only way you'd get the default swatches loading from your file, is if your file contained a copy of the default swatches.

Loading a file (and replacing, not appending) will load just what is in that file.