Save colors in Camtasia 9?

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Camtasia 8 used the default Windows color picker, which had the "More Colors" link. I had our palette of six colors saved in there so that I didn't need to manually type in the codes for our company's shades of blue and green every time. The new color picker in 9 doesn't seem to have that. It's a minor annoyance at best, but I was wondering if I was missing some intended new way of doing it?
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Andrew Rothman

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kayakman, Champion

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I can't find it either ...
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Rick Stone

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I've uploaded something I use here. I add it to a project, then to the library where I can access it.

Maybe you can do the same by saving it down?



I much prefer the old arrangement myself. The new colors aren't as "bright".

Cheers... Rick :)
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I've got a little color chart taped to my monitor, so I can fairly easily type my colors in by hand, but it would be nice to have an editable palette like before rather than just the pre-defined one.
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Hi Andrew,

Please be assured the development team has seen your request for the color picker.

I am wondering.... What do you need the colors for? Callouts, shapes, etc?

If so, you could perhaps create folder in the Library, then make a subset of all the objects you use, with the correct colors in them, and save those to that Library folder. This way you don't need to recreate the callouts, shapes, etc. each time - you just drag it from your folder onto the timeline and it's done.

Also, for those who may not have ever used the Library, that folder of content will be there for each project you begin. You can also export that folder of content and share with others to ensure consistency in your videos throughout your organization.


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Andrew Rothman

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Hey Kelly :)

Yeah, I generally use our company's font and colors for all text objects. I suppose I could simply create a bunch of pre-made text blocks to keep in the Library and drag into the timeline. That's probably the better way than what I was doing, which was to make each one on-the-fly.

love the in-canvas text editing and the vector-based callouts, though. That was my biggest gripe with the old version.
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Naomi Skarzinski

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Here's a video I posted yesterday on creating a permanent color palette, based on your branding, using PowerPoint (or any graphics program you want).  This is a life saver for me, once I have the palette set, it's been a set it and forget it.  Only had to set up the palette once.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaZXNIIFysc
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Very helpful  - thank you Naomi and I subscribed to your channel too.  But - - I still wish there was a basic "pick 40 colors palette" as is the case with most other software - the one with the 40 or so colors as little hexagons (see below).  

Please Techsmith could you consider adding this back in?  Thank you. 
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Naomi Skarzinski

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You're welcome and thanks for subscribing.  :-)
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Andrew Rothman

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An interesting way around it, Naomi. In my case, I only have six colors to deal with, so typing the HEX colors by hand is faster than using a palette image and the eyedropper, but if someone had a lot of colors in their brand that could be a handy way to do it.
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Andrew, I guess if someone has the Hex codes memorized, it could be faster or taped to the monitor as you have it.  I find using the eyedropper faster and I type 100 words per minute! (or at least I used to)  Also, by using the eyedropper, I find it faster to skim over the palette if I'm not quite sure which color I'm going to focus on for a specific part of the video's asset.  It will be nice as TechSmith improves Camtasia 9 if they are able to come up with a way to have something like a drop down customized palette, similar to what we could do in Camtasia 8.
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Tricia Ransom

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I find this the most frustrating! And to not be able to set the default colors for shapes and callouts. Camtasia, do you have a date for when this enhancement will be implemented?
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Drew

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I might add that having 'Default Fonts' would be excellent too. Having to scroll through every typeface on my machine to get to the dozen I actually use is kind of annoying.
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Yes, please!

I agree that having both a default and/or custom color palette and font selection would be VERY nice to have, including being able to set the default color for the shapes and callouts!
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Yes, the color pallate functionality is very frustrating. Having the option to set default colors for shapes and callouts seems like very basic functionality. Very disappointed in this version of Camtasia. 

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Naomi Skarzinski

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Camtasia 2018 resolves this with their themes. I am working on a video right now on how to best use the Camtasia 2018 themes. Hope to have it ready by Friday.