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The un-official FAQ - A group for sharing information about the COLOURlovers - tips and tricks, instructions, questions and answers of all kinds. If you dont know where to start, look in the "index" conversation.

Keep track of palettes, patterns and colors

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How to create your list of favorite palettes, patterns and colors
For convenience, we only mention palette . But everything in this post applies equally to patterns and colors -you can favorite them too.

On each palette, pattern and colors page there is an "+Favorite" button, above the comment area. Click this button to save it in your Favorites list.

To see your own Favorite list, go to your profile page and click on the "Favorites" tab at the top of the page. You'll see the latest 5 palettes/colors/patterns you've added as favorites. When clicking on 'View all', they will be listed alphabetically by name, starting from the letter Z. You can see other ColourLover's favorites in the same way, from their profile page.

Is it possible to search for more examples of a certain pattern?

Below the pattern badge on the pattern's page you will find a button "Browse Similar Pattern Styles". This will open a page with many variations of the pattern you are searching for.

Tags - what are they, and how to use them
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I think this is also the best place for talking about RSS feeds: http://www.colourlovers.com/rss

Can I browse old top colors, patterns and palettes? What are the Archives sections?

The Archives sections will allow you to see which colors, palettes and patterns were in the top ten for a given month and a given year. Go to the main navigation menu and select Colors, Palettes or Patterns then Archives.

Can I search from my desktop? What is the Desktop Color Finder?

Desktop Color Finder is an Adobe Air application that will allow you to search for colors, palettes and patterns directly from your desktop. You can search by keyword and sort the results by date, score, name, votes and views. See this post for screenshots.
To be able to use it, first download and install the latest version of Adobe Air then download and install Desktop Color Finder.
Adobe Air works on Windows and Mac OS X.

These come from tvr I'm not sure if this is the right place? Maybe it should be in the "keeping track of your palettes/patterns/colours page?

What can I get notified of?
You can get notified of several things.
- Comments on your colors, palettes and/or patterns: by default. You'll receive a love note from CLSystem, which is linked to the comment.

- Other's new colors/palettes/patterns and its comments: by subscribing to the Color Lover profile (you have to click at "+Subscribe" at the CL bio profile page, just right side of the big photo". You will receive love notes for each notification.

- Other's received comments: if you're interested in receiving notifications on other specific color/palette or pattern work, you have to choose that specific work and click "+Subscribe", located at the right of the color/palette or pattern big image.

-Once you receive a new love note, a red message will come up at the top righ page (you have to be logged on). You can click over the red text and be linked directly to your inbox.
Is it possible to search for more examples of a certain pattern?


This is really an awesome option as you can even combine it with your favorites. For example, I can find all the horizontal stripes I've faved by entering the following URL address:
http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns/search?f=1&lover=onebreath&patternDefinitionID=49
Can I delete a favourite from my list?

Edit: Never mind, I got it. :)
Where is the "Add to Favs" button. I only see this button on the colors below that are in the palette. I don't see that button for the palette.
Stefanie641 wrote:
Where is the "Add to Favs" button. I only see this button on the colors below that are in the palette. I don't see that button for the palette.

Thanks for pointing this out. These notes are slightly out of date - the button is now called the "+Favorite" button and you should see it just above the comments in a palette or patterns page.
On the search panel for either palettes or patterns, there's an unnamed field. Its checkerboard background is the one that indicates transparency in Photoshop and Illustrator. I just figured out what it's for: if you click on it, you get the standard color mixer. Neat! Maybe we should include this info somewhere in the Searching wip.
What's 'WIP'? I though they went out when the automobile came in? ; ^ >
brucebagel wrote:
What's 'WIP'? I though they went out when the automobile came in? ; ^ >

Work In Progress.
How do you delete colors and palettes from your favorites list? Thank you!
If you click on one of your favorites, then you'll see a button on the right of the faved page that says -Un-favorite. Click that, and there-you-go!
Hi, I'm new here.
I couldn't figure out how to create a favorite list. There's not such "+Favorite" button, but I assume it is the "Love This+" button instead.
Then on my profile there's not such "Favorite List" the closest I see is the "ACTIVITY FEED" list displaying the latest 5 palettes/colors/patterns I've checked as loved ones I guess, but I can't find the "View All" button either.
Follow in v4 used to be favorite in v3. If you follow something, you can search for it by the following method.

Sylke wrote:


Try out searching.
- Go to Search Palettes or Search Colors at the top.
- Enter your name into the Lover field.
- Tick the Following box.
- For best results change the Sort order to Date Added and Desc.

That should do it at least for stuff you 'follow'. I don't think you can find things you've 'loved' only - but that was the same with the old rating system.
Just keep in mind with this search you will also find your own creations, don't let that confuse you.

Hope this helps!
Im having the same problem as brunomarras. Before the site redesign you could "love" or "favorite" a colour, palette, or pattern then view it later. Like this thread says, the favorite button was in your profile, but now I can't find anything that I've saved in the past or recently. I'm also trying to follow palettes but they don't show up in my "following" list in my profile. Anyone know how I can find this stuff?
bunigrl33 wrote:


Follow in v4 used to be favorite in v3. If you follow something, you can search for it by the following method.

Sylke wrote:



Try out searching.
- Go to Search Palettes or Search Colors at the top.
- Enter your name into the Lover field.
- Tick the Following box.
- For best results change the Sort order to Date Added and Desc.

That should do it at least for stuff you 'follow'. I don't think you can find things you've 'loved' only - but that was the same with the old rating system.
Just keep in mind with this search you will also find your own creations, don't let that confuse you.

Hope this helps!


Yey! Problem solved! Thanks!
This seems like an odd way to keep track of the palettes you are following. I vote for an easier way of viewing favorites. A My Favorite Palettes button perhaps?
lemonith wrote:
This seems like an odd way to keep track of the palettes you are following. I vote for an easier way of viewing favorites. A My Favorite Palettes button perhaps?


Agreed. This is a ridiculous update to the site. Part of the usefulness of CL for me has been the ability to create a "lightbox" of sorts (think stock photo sites) containing favorites that I can easily manage and pull on when needed. Losing intuitive access to this function is a big step backward.

I assume that this choice was made to encourage people to browse the site and make it more social-network oriented, rather than just a focus on content, but in the end, this detracts from the site's value to the user. Users should have a dashboard page or something containing all of their follows/favorites, tags, preferences, stats, etc. Why allow users to follow/favorite other users, but make it difficult to locate favorite colors/palettes? This site is about color first, and community second, right?

PS... it would be helpful if the FAQs were updated to align with the current version of the site as well.
I came to this site to find nice palettes for inspiration... how in the world am I supposed to keep track of everything I like?

It is ridiculous. Honestly, there needs to be a way that I can have all my "loves", "favorites", whatever on a page for me to see.
I don't understand...I can't go to my profile and see palettes I loved or follow? I only see the last 5 or so in my feed. If I can't easily revisit palettes I am following, I don't get it. Am I missing something here? I was so excited to find this site and now I bummed out!
It seriously is ridiculous. I hadn't visited the site for a couple of months and now I find I've lost track of everything I've ever loved/favourited? Whoever decides the changes of CL should bear this in mind, I really don't see the point of hanging around the site because my memory fails and now I can't even use the help of archive - how sad.
I agree completely. I really have no use for this site if my preferences and reasons for being here are no longer accessible. What's the point of loving/faving when it'll be gone in five more clicks?
About the above following trick, does that solve the problem of lost favorites? Even if it does, there is no follow box to tick, and going to the profile only brings up the editing version users see when visiting their own profile. Unless I'm supposed to log back out, then perform following actions outside my account. -_-

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