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How to Import Swatches to Procreate

Do you have a favorite color scheme or collection of colors that have a special meaning?

Swatches can help you keep color palettes organized and make your design process easier. They're also fun to collect!

If you're like me, sometimes it's easier to use swatches and palettes in your artwork instead of looking up colors by hex codes. But if you've ever downloaded a swatch file, you may have wondered how to import it into Procreate. Fortunately, doing just that is fairly simple and easy!

No matter what type of swatches you're using, Procreate makes importing and using them easy. We'll show you how to do it below!

Importing Swatches to Procreate

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you the two different ways we can import your swatches.

Drag and Drop

Just like the other files we use in Procreate, we can also simply drag and drop our swatch files into Procreate.

First, open your swatch files’ folder location.

Now open Procreate in Split View.

Open one of your works or create new artwork.

Tap on the circle at the upper right corner of your workspace to open the Colors menu.

Go to ‘Palettes’

Now, drag and drop your swatch file to the color palettes. You’ll see a green ‘+’ sign when you are in a space where you can drop the files.

Release the swatch and let it join the other swatches. You’ll see it in your palettes and you’ll be able to use it anytime.

Using the Colors Menu

Aside from the drag and drop method, we can also import the swatches using the import feature in the Colors Menu.

Just like always, open an Artwork in Procreate.

Tap on the circle at the upper right corner to open the Colors Menu.

Go to ‘Palettes’ and tap on the ‘+’ at the corner.

Choose ‘New from file’ and locate your swatch file.

Tap on your swatch file and watch as it is added to your palettes.

There you have it! Importing swatches in Procreate is easy and intuitive, and best of all it requires no third-party apps. Keep in mind that these steps will work with any file type supported by Procreate, not just the one shown here.

Now you can get started with creating stunning artwork by choosing your favorite color palettes to use.

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