Is there a way to have two or even three panels/tabs of the same thing such as 3 swatch tabs? I was looking for a way to be able to switch between default and custom swatches instead of having them all mixed together in one single panel/tab.

Also, sometimes I'd like to see both swatch panels at the same time so I'd like to be able to make one swatch panel a tab and the other one a button.
I'm using Photoshop CC

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    AFAIK, Photoshop's swatch panel doesn't work like this. Newly loaded swatches either replace or are appended to the existing swatches. (FWIW, Illustrator's swatch panel works just as you've described. I frequently work with 2 or 3 different swatch sets loaded up in their own panel tabs.)
    – Vicki
    Oct 18 '15 at 20:01
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    You might be able to use a CC Library as your second swatch panel, depending on what you need to put in it.
    – Nate Green
    Feb 5 '16 at 20:37

I don't think it is possible to do what you want, but I know a way to have the swatches you want present. Place all the swatches you want in a grid (just grab an online grid and colour fill the squares to what you want) as a new layer, then colour pick from that. I fully understand that this isn't exactly ideal, but it does allow the use of different swatch panels. It would be nice if photoshop added the multiple swatch panels as a feature, but it's just wishful thinking at the moment.


I use Photoshop cc2015, and I ran into this problem. I deleted all of my default swatches (by pressing option and clicking on the swatches), and then I added all my most used colors to swatches. I clicked the drop down on the top right side of the swatch window, and clicked "save swatches". I then deleted the swatches and made swatches of the print colors I use, repeating the saving process with those swatches. Now, I can click on the dropdown at the top right of the swatches panel, and click "replace swatches" and choose whichever swatch file i want. It isn't as nice as tabs, but it is certainly easier than using an eye dropper every time I need to switch swatch panels.

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