Painter and Photoshop Basic Skin Palettes

December 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Tips & Resources

Since I re-created my website, people had been asking where my skin palettes are. So, I’ve decided to make them available again here.

Painter Skin Palette

In this zip file, you will find four basic skin palettes: one for light skin, medium tone skin, medium to dark, and the other one for dark skin tones.


Photoshop Basic Skin Palette

In this zip file, you will find a basic skin tone palette and its corresponding grayscale equivalent.


Don’t forget to leave your comments below about these palettes.



13 Responses to “Painter and Photoshop Basic Skin Palettes”

  1. Buesapphire on January 14th, 2009 5:52 pm

    Umm…downloaded them, and got text files. How do I use them?

  2. jgarcia on January 14th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Instruction for Painter:

    Locate in your computer under Program files, the folder where you installed Painter program. You will see a folder named Support Files. Under that folder, there is another folder named Color Sets. You can create a folder there named Skin Palettes, for example; and just drag the text files there.

    Then, inside Painter, open the Color Sets Palette if it’s not already opened. Click on the fly out menu (the little arrowhead on the right of the palette name and select either Open Color Set or Append Color Set, then click on the Append button if you want to add the palette to the existing one, or click on Load if you want to load the palette replacing the one you have displayed. From there, navigate in your computer to where you have the text files. If you place them in the folder Color Sets I mentioned in the previous paragraph, which is the default folder for Painter’s Color Sets, you will see your folder there. Select the file.

    Instructions for Photoshop:

    In Photoshop, open the Swatches Palette and click on the fly out menu (the little arrow on the right upper corner of the palette and select Load Swatches. Navigate to the location where you place the jmg_Skin file. It is recommended to place this file under Presets > Color Swatches folder located in your Photoshop installation folder. Then, just select the skin color swatch name from the widow that opens by default, which is the one mentioned before.

  3. BlueSapphire on January 19th, 2009 6:34 pm

    It’s me again. I did get your e-mail, and I tried to answer, but I guess it didn’t work.
    The second download was fine with photoshop, but the first .zip file contained ‘text documents’ and not ‘aco’ documents, so I couldn’t open them.
    Any suggestions?

  4. jgarcia on January 19th, 2009 7:15 pm

    You can’t view Painter’s palette by opening the txt file. All you will see is a bunch of code. You need to open them through Painter as I explained int he previous replay (see above) under Instructions for Painter.

  5. BlueSapphire on January 19th, 2009 10:16 pm

    Alright! I got the photoshop palette working, and it’sgreat. Thanks a lot!

  6. taj on June 20th, 2009 11:55 pm

    thanks for the swatches! saved me tons of time in remaking the ones I lost in the switch over!!! again thanks, really.

  7. Makx on July 28th, 2009 2:14 pm

    Relly works, thanks for share. See ya.

  8. Anders T on November 11th, 2009 6:15 am

    Great! Now using your palette for all sorts of illustration purposes. Thank you so much!

  9. Rob on May 27th, 2010 2:17 pm

    Thank you so much! these are great!

  10. vibha on January 10th, 2011 7:55 am

    downloaded.. will check and try

  11. Anne Brady on November 19th, 2011 1:57 pm

    could not open these. Can you advise.

  12. jgarcia on November 21st, 2011 7:14 pm

    You need a program to unzip the files. If you don’t have one, you may download Winrar to do so. Go to and enter winrar in the search box.

  13. Dave on October 26th, 2012 9:13 am

    Great colors – thanks!

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