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This article is from August 5, 2012, and is no longer current.

Free For All: Art Box Photoshop Swatches

When you’re a graphic designer or digital artist nothing evokes the innocence of childhood like the thought of Crayola crayons. And, whether adult or child, if you work in natural media—you know, drawing utensils that don’t have batteries or rubber tips in them—you have an intimate relationship with natural media colors.

Unlike the digital realm of RGB, crayons, colored pencils, markers, and paints do not come in 16.7 million shades. They come in packs of 8, 16, 32, 64, and 120. (Can you imagine the size of the green and gold box 16.7 million crayons would require?) While you can find all the Copic marker or Prismacolor pencil colors in RGB, it might take quite a while and lots of trial and error.

Instead, I offer you this Free for All; below you will find sets of swatches designed to help you find that perfect natural media shade for use in Photoshop, Corel Painter, and other applications that support Photoshop-format ACO swatch libraries.

Crayola Crayons (133 swatches)

Crayola Crayons (alternate version, 132 swatches)

Crayola Colored Pencils (64 swatches)

Prismacolor Colored Pencils (132 swatches)

Prismacolor Premier Art Markers (144 swatches)

Copic Markers (338 swatches)

Faber Castell Colored Pencils (120 swatches)

Winsor-Newton Paints, Pastels, and Inks (800 swatches in 6 sets)

Sherwin-Williams Paints

Bonus: Check out Color-Swatches.com to find swatches and color formulas matching popular brands, fabrics, and lines of interior, exterior, and automobile paints.

Please note: Free for All will often link to resources hosted on external Web sites outside of the control of CreativePro.com. At any time those Web sites may close down, change their site or permalink structures, remove content, or take other actions that may render one or more of the above links invalid. As such neither Pariah S. Burke nor CreativePro.com can guarantee the availability of the third-party resources linked to in Free for All.

Pariah S. Burke is the author of many books and articles that empower, inform, and connect creative professionals.