Photoshop: How do I modify colors in several .psd at the same time?

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Hello folks!

I would like to modify colors in several .psd at the same time, as It can be done in Blender changing a material linked in several projects .
I guess that layers with masks and 'integration' effect can do the job in one document but not several...
Thank you for your help
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Not sure exactly what your setup is, but you could use separate "color" files as linked smart objects. As long as it's not a pattern, you could have it be 256x256px, then place it as a linked smart object, scale it, and mask it. Changes to color files would propagate to all other master files when opened.

If you want to get fancy, layer a bunch of solid color layers and make layer comps for each one in a single swatch file. Then place as a linked smart object and change the applied comp on the layer. Duplicate and repeat with other color comps. Then if you wanted to change the primary color, you load the color file, change the solid color layer in that, save and it's applied back to your other docs.

Problem is that linked files tend to get misplaced or have broken links. You *could* create a Cloud Library that you link from the same way, but that has it's own issues. 
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Thank you very much for the trick! 
It will turn our workflow much more flexible.
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Try linked files. Make a layer with your colour, convert it to a smart object and right click on the layer to edit contents. Save this file, your colour, into a safe place (can be colour.jpg or anything).

Go back to your original psd file and right click on the smart object, then click relink to file and select your colour.jpg

Now use that by clipping it to your layers you want to change on the fly. Changing the colour of the linked file will change each document that has that linked file in. Sometimes, you may have to right click the layer and update it if it doesnt automatically.