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How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

If you haven't heard of Mondrianum yet, it's a neat little (shareware) plugin for Photoshop (Mac only) that adds Adobe's Kuler color combinations to the Apple color picker. It doesn't just work in Photoshop. After installing Mondrainum, it works system-wide with any Mac app that uses the Apple color picker, like iLife, iWork, etc. Granted, most Photoshoppers probably don't prefer the Apple color picker over Adobe's, but if you are ever in need of a little color inspiration with the help from Kuler, it can come in handy. I'll show you how to get it working in Photoshop.

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

1. Download Mondrianum and install it. (copy the folder to Applications > Photoshop > Plugins)

2. In Photoshop, go to the Preferences > General. (Command + K)

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

The very first option in this pane is the color picker dropdown menu. Select “Apple” then close preferences. (click OK)

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

3. Double click on your foreground color to bring up the color picker, and you should now see the Apple color picker instead of the Adobe picker we're all used to.

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

Click on the icon at the top on the far right to bring up the Mondrianum panel.

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

Now to use the panel you can simply click on the swatches at the bottom, or you can export an entire set of swatches to import to any Adobe app. To do this, click on the little arrow to the right of the color combo you like, and choose “Download as Adobe Swatch Exchange file.”

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

Now the export/download dialogue appears. Just click “Save File” and it will be saved in the same folder that your browser download files to.

How To: Get Mondrianum Working in Photoshop

To install, find your swatch file in your downloads folder, and move it to the adobe app you want to use it in > Presets > Swatches folder. Done! now you can load the swatches from the swatches panel in your Adobe app.

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