Photoshop: Ability to Import .ase color files to new Creative Cloud libraries

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Adobe Creative Could — you'd like to be my brand's library... I'll give you a chance, but you should at least be able to take files generated by your own programs.

At the moment our teams share brand colors for LARGE corporations and ad campaigns. We do this by creating all the needed colors in InDesign, then exporting the pallet as an .ase file. You taught us this file format, and continue to show how .ase color files are awesome, generating your own with programs like "kuler".

BUT... now you say i could maybe store my brand or campaign assets online in your cloud? That's great, but why do I have to go through 8 steps to bring my .ase file in here?

1) Open any swatches palette in a program
2) Use little menu to load the ".ase" file I want
3) select ONE individual color
4) drag that color or use the button on the bottom of "library pallet"
5) rename any hex values to the spot color name
6) pray it works in all and I can share with teams

1) go to website or open the "library pallet"
2) upload or select the ".ase" file
3) everything else is automatic


1) When imported it should separate the colors into lists of / RGB - for screen, broadcast and desktop publishing / CMYK for professional printing / SPOT colors in their libraries like "Pantone Coated" where "Pantone XXXC" would sit — as our .ase files are already set up this way.

2) You should be able to export .ase files from the shared libraries too, by selecting only the colors you want to share, then hitting some sort of a share or export button.


This lack of function seems strange as Adobe was the group that introduced us all to .ase. Why would it not be a core function?

I reserve the right to be wrong about how we do this now too, but strongly emphasis that it should be this simple.

Thanks in advance — I hope this is in the works, or someone replies. Thanks Adobe.

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Nate Bartlett

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Amen! What a pain.
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Cristen Gillespie

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If they'd let us load our .ase files into the Swatches library intact, as a group, we might stand a chance of being able to convey the entire group to the CC library, which ought then let us share via the cloud. I've rather given up on that, but as I recall, you could create a theme inside Adobe Color and publish it to bring the theme into a CC Library. I'd have to dig out my notes on this, but I don't recall any way to  get from here to there in the private Create area of Adobe Color, but once published, it was possible. And these are not .ase files, far as I can tell, but simply grouped swatches in the library. I imagine the library supersedes the need for .ase files, since the basic swatch is in the library for use by all apps with the library.

I also haven't tried this with anything other than the RGB color mode.