Procreate’s Capture & Swatch Drop For Color Palettes, Insider’s Review

Procreate Capture and Swatch Drop Palettes

Procreate is a wonderful Ipad app that we use for designing home decor and home furnishing products. We love how easy it is to learn and use this design app.

Procreate’s 5X update includes a capture and swatch drop feature.   This capture and swatch drop feature allows you to create Procreate color palettes with your camera, photos, or computer files. Procreate also integrates with some Adobe file formats. We recommend the Procreate app and Procreate’s new color palette features.

Procreates Capture & Swatch Drop for Color Palettes

The new Procreate 5X upgrade has changed the way that color palettes are created in the Procreate app. There are some great new features for the creation of color palettes for designers, particularly home decor or home furnishing designers.

If you ever went somewhere and you saw a color that you really liked, but you were not sure how to remember or refer back to that color, Procreate now has the solution for you to keep a reference of that color. With Procreate you can take a photo and procreate will give you a range of colors on a color palette for your photo.

The Procreate Color Palette feature is called Capture and Swatch drop. This new feature came with Procreate’s September 2020 update.

We really like the direction Procreate is heading with their color palettes and this new update. Their 5X update Procreate update made a lot of huge steps forward and in how their app is used for designing.

I see this new color palette feature in Procreate as a great asset when designing home decor and home furnishing products. Here are a few things to remember about the Procreate Capture and Swatch Drop Color Palette function:

  • Color Hue Differences – The app is not perfect in picking the exact colors. You may find that you need to take a few photos or try to adjust the light to see if you get different results from different images.
  • Limit to 30 Color Hues Per Palette – Each palette will be limited to 30 hues of colors. So if you give the app a photo with a lot more colors to it, you will only get the 30 top color hues.
  • Gives Full-Color Information – As with all Procreate color palettes, you can find the full-color information such as the color’s hexadecimal number, HSB, and RGB under the Value section on color palettes. From the RGB or Hexadecimal color number you can find the Pantone Opens in a new tab.number; click hereOpens in a new tab. for the Pantone color converter.
Guide To The New Procreate Color Palettes
Guide To The New Procreate Color Palettes

A Guide to Using the Procreate Color Palettes

Using the Procreate image and swatch drop color palette feature is very similar to creating any color palette in Procreate. Here are the simple steps that you must take to create a Procreate image or swatch drop color palette:

  • Open a Canvas – You must have a canvas opened in Procreate in order to create a color palette. The canvas can be a blank canvas.
  • Color Circle Top Right Hand Side – The palette color circle will show on the right-hand side of your canvas; you need to press this color circle.
  • Press Color Palette Tab –Press the palette tab located at the bottom of the Procreate color palette function.
  • Press + Button At The Top Right – Press the + button on the top right of the palette function; you will see a drop-down menu that gives you the following options:
    • Create New Palette
    • New From Camera
    • New From File
    • New From Photos
  • Press Appropriate Color Palette Feature – Simply press which color palette feature you want to use to create a new color palette.

Below are some of the different ways to create a color palette in Procreate with your camera, files, or photos. We have also reviewed each of these functions and suggested how you can use them with your design work.

Procreate Color Palettes From The Camera
Procreate Color Palettes From The Camera

Color Palettes With Your Camera

With the new color capture feature in Procreate, you can take a photo. Procreate will automatically help you generate a range of colors onto a color palette for your image. Even if you are out in nature and see some colors you like or want to capture for a color palette, you use your camera and Procreate swill helps you generate a color palette for your photo.

When you are using the color palette capture feature with your camera for Procreate, there are two ways you can create a color palette called visual and indexed.

Here is the difference between the Procreate Index and Visual Color feature for color palettes:

  • Index – The index feature functions just like it sounds; the camera is indexing or finding the colors that the camera lens is seeing. You will see colors flashing or indexing on your canvas screen to capture the palette colors. Procreate will then create the color palette based on the colors that were just indexed. If you are looking for some specific colors, you can try to index the image a few times and see what different colors Procreate comes up with as the camera indexes the colors.
  • Visual – For the visual function the camera lens will choose the color, and you will see the 30 colors the camera has chosen for the image before you set the color palette.

In the photos I have taken with this Procreate capture feature, I have found that the index mode will give you a deeper color palette hue, and the visual mode will give you lighter color palette hues. This visual and index option is only available as a choice for you to use when you are using your camera to create color palettes.

We love how this Procreate image function can help you immediately set a proposed color palette for design and color trends you may see out in the world. This feature means that your iPhone or IPad can help you find trend colors and set you some really unique color palettes.

Procreate Color Palettes From Photos
Procreate Color Palettes From Photos

Color Palettes From Your Photos

Creating Color Palettes from photographs works similar to creating a color palette from your camera, except you will not have the index or visual options. Like with any color matching, Procreate will give you a color value that will depend a lot on your photo’s quality and lighting.

One of the things that we really love about the photograph function in Procreate is it gives you the ability to take a photograph and get close to what the color value would be or give you some of the color tone options. If your main goal to knowing the color is to find the Pantone color, then the Pantone website allows you to now easily convert RGB or hexadecimal numbers to Pantone. You can find out more by clicking here.Opens in a new tab.

Even if the Procreate color pick is not exactly the color you want, if you are using the Pantone color system, you could use the Procreate color reference to help you get close to the desired color in the Pantone book. We do when working with color for a product design; many times, we will go to the color reference in the Pantone book and pick a lighter or darker hue than the first color pick.

We see this function in Procreate as being a great way to help you be able to find the right color choices. Procreate now makes it very easy to be able to do this.

Setting Up A Color Palette From Photos or Screenshot
Procreate Color Palette From A Photos or Screenshot

Color Palettes From Photos (Screenshot)

You can also take a screenshot on your iPad and use that screenshot to create a color palette. This feature would work exactly like the photograph function in Procreate. Like the photograph function, I find this a great feature to create color palettes from magazines and other media.

Like many people, I now subscribe to several digital interior design magazines. I will read them on my iPad; I take a screenshot on my Ipad of some colors I like and then import the screenshot as a photo into the Procreate app to create a color palette.

Procreate Color Palette From A File
Procreate Color Palette From A File

Color Palettes From A File

You can also import an image, color palette, drawing, or artwork via a file into Procreate to create a color palette. Procreate will allow you to import the following file formats:

  • .procreate
  • PSD
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • GIF
  • Abobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE) (Color Swatches)
  • Abobe Color Files (.ACO).

Any file with any of these file extensions can be used to create a Procreate color palette. Procreate allows you to find files anywhere on your iPad, including and not limited to iCloud, creative cloud, and google drive.

We really love this file feature with how Procreate integrates with Photoshop (PSD) documents, Abode Photoshop (ACO) files, and other Adobe file formats.

Procreate Color Palettes From Abode Colors
Procreate Color Palettes From Abode Colors

Color Palettes from Adobe

If you also happen to be an Adobe user, as I am, then you can download the Adobe color swatches Opens in a new tab.to create Procreate palettes. Adobe colorOpens in a new tab. is a great way to view color combinations used by other designers in various fields, from fashion to interior design.

There are three ways that you can input your adobe colors into Procreate; here are the three basic ways:

  • JPEG file – Adobe Color allows you to download a JPEG of your Adobe color palette. When you download the JPEG of the color palette, you then import that JPEG back into Procreate as you would another photo. When we imported the JPEG file, it gave us a range of 30 palette color choices for the five colors we imported from the Adobe color JPEG file.
  • Abobe.ASE File – When downloading the JPEG file, Adobe Color will also allow you to download an.ASC file. When we imported the ASE file from Abode, the Procreate color palette created only five Procreate colors on our color palette. Even though the colors we imported were very close to the Abode colors, they had slightly different color value numbers.
  • Color Values – If you really need to have the exact color in your Procreate palette as Abode, the only way to do this is actually input the Abode color values in Procreate one-by-one by hand.

We tested the color palettes’ importing with the JPEG and ACE file formats using 5 Adobe colors. The chart and photo below illustrates the different hexadecimal color values we received with the different import.

Comparison Between Actual Color Values of Abode Color, ACE file and JPEG File
Comparison Between Actual Color Values of Abode Color, ACE file and JPEG File
Abobe ColorsAbobe Color #Procreate #
( ACE File)
Procreate #
( JPEG File)
Hexadecimal HexadecimalHexadecimal
Ultimate Grey#88898C#88898B#767576
Illuminating #F2D750#EDD867#EFD76A
Light Yellow#F2F088#EFE193#EDDF92
Dark Yellow#F2CA50#EBCB65#EACA61
Med Brown #BFA575#BAA67A#BBA379
Hexadecimal Values With Different Ways to Import Into Procreate

Review Of Procreate Color Palettes

We really love this Procreate capture and swatch drop feature for color palettes, but we also see limitations. Here are some areas that should be considered when using the Procreate capture and swatch drop color palette feature:

Not A 100% Color Match

It is almost impossible, to get an exact color match with the capture and swatch drop feature. Many of the Procreate matched colors were extremely close but were not the exact same color value.

If you really need to have a 100% color match, then the only way you can be sure of that color match to input the HSB, RGB, or Hexadecimal number by hand into Procreate. When we imported the Abode color ACE file, the hexadecimal number was not the same as the original Adobe color hexadecimal value. The only way to be sure of an exact color match is to input all your color palettes by hand using the color value information.

Also, when we imported five Adobe colors as a JPEG file, the color hues and color values were all over the place. This is because, with a JPEG file, Procreate will give 30 different color matches even if the original file only contains 5 colors.

On the other hand, by importing the Abode JPEG file, Procreate gave us a nice range of 30 similar color hues for the five Adobe colors. We can see how this could be very useful when looking for colors with a similar hue or color tone.

Can Use As A Color Inspiration Guide

The Procreate color palette function can be useful as a color inspiration guide. If you see a color, you like in a magazine, on a product, or in nature, you can snap a photo to create a color palette.

The Procreate color palettes can help give color inspiration. When importing a file, photo, or camera, the procreate color palette function will give you a full-color palette with 30 colors. The colors on this palette are usually a range of color hues.

You may need to go back to the color and adjust for the exact color you want with any color matching. We see this Procreate color palette function as design inspiration and helping in being able to choose the correct trend colors.

Abobe Intregation

I really love how Procreate allows integration with Adobe and in particular Adobe Colors. Adobe offers great color combinations and trend inspiration.

You can explore Adobes’ most used trend colors and then import and use those colors for your Procreate designs. We really love this Abode and Procreate color integration.

Photo Capture Intergration

The new photo capture integration with Procreate and their color pallets is a great feature. This will make it much easier to capture colors from real life and real products and put those colors into Procreate’s color palettes.

We recommend the Procreate app and Procreate’s new color palette features. We love the direction that Procreate is going with these color palettes, and we expect that we will continue to see more significant updates and changes. You can find out more about the Procreate app for the Apple Ipad by clicking here.Opens in a new tab.

Although many of the colors did not import the same color value, we found that the color matches were close enough for our design needs. We love the different ways to create a color palette, as this will help when we are defining and deciding trend colors.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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