I'm looking for a tool or strategy (web app, software, Photoshop feature etc.) that will let me display all swatches I have in a '.aco' or '.ase' file in a table and saved as a PDF (preferably) for documentation. When I picture it in my head I'm seeing something like a periodic table, showing the color in a square and adjacent to it showing the RGB for that color. It's basically to share the brand color palette to our dev teams who doesn't have the Adobe suite to look up colors themselves.

Does anyone know of any tool that does what I describe?

  • something like the one on dribbble.com ? link: bit.ly/13hGXV5 *Look on the right side of the picture under the droplet small icon, there is a strip of colors in the viewed image. Feb 25, 2013 at 13:49
  • Yea, pretty close at least. Though I would prefer to have it displayed statically, to print it or add it to a documentation. So I need a solution that doesn't require hover to see colour codes. Feb 25, 2013 at 14:18
  • I think the tool you are looking for is you and your computer, or if you are in the position for it, an intern. You have given what you want some thought and thus likely know best how to make it. Using Photoshop will allow you to upload a theme to Kuler. How many swatches are you talking about? Feb 26, 2013 at 0:50
  • @brnnnrsmssn 116... =\ And no, I'm not in a position to assign an intern to it, we don't have any interns here. I feel that I have some more pressing tasks than to commit the time needed to document the swatch sheet. I provided a temporary solution now, involving the cutting out of the swatch sheet from our brand book and getting the colour codes for the swatching using ColorZilla in Firefox. However that only works when you're on a desktop/laptop. Feb 26, 2013 at 7:59
  • The intern thing was intended as a joke. Quick google search and I found these: Palette Parser and Babel Color. Also tried opening an *.ase file with notepad—the color values seem to be stored in plain text. As a side project you could maybe write a javascript that would extract the color information from the file and dynamically write some HTML and CSS to display exactly what you are wanting. Then a simple print to .pdf would work. Feb 26, 2013 at 14:57

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For that i use "ColorSchemer", i think is the best tool for that, and also, is compatible PC and MAC + iOS App!

ColorSchemer Studio 2 is a professional color matching application for anyone from hobbyists to advanced professionals.

Work with a dynamic visual color wheel, instantly explore harmony relationships and even let ColorSchemer Studio intelligently suggest color schemes for you!

Some Features are:

Create and save color palettes

Select a starting color and ColorSchemer Studio does the rest. Save your color schemes to build your own color palette library, ready to use for any project.

Identify color harmonies

Use the dynamic color wheel to identify color harmonies and matching colors based around any starting color. It even spins like a real-life artist color wheel!

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    Can ou explain a little bit more? Suppose the link is broken ...
    – Mensch
    Jul 11, 2013 at 7:48
  • the link is not broken ! this software allow the possibility to import .aco, .ase and other files and export the colors swatches to pdf, css and more...
    – GilbertOOl
    Jul 11, 2013 at 8:16
  • What will be the content of your answer if the link is broken? Can your answer then help someone? Thats the reason why it is better to write with own word a relevant answer ..
    – Mensch
    Jul 11, 2013 at 9:46
  • The link is not broken !!!!!!!!! I can click on it without any problem, it may be that you have a problem !
    – GilbertOOl
    Jul 11, 2013 at 10:13
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    Welcome to Graphic Design SE, GilbertOOI, and thanks for your contribution! Since we are a community with a Q&A-structured site, we like our good answers to have a bit more that a link to another site -- just in case the link breaks at a later time. Please refer to the about page graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/about and the help center graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/help for info about how we like to do things here. And please keep on contributing!
    – Vincent
    Jul 11, 2013 at 11:55

5 years later, although I believe the solution has been around for quite a while:

Download and run the following free Java(Extend)Script from within Illustrator:


More detailed explanation: open the .ase in Illustrator. Move the swatches from your .ase palette to the swatches panel. (You might want to remove the default swatches first). Run the script from file→scripts→other scripts. It will generate a swatch legend that looks like this:

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