Personally I believe that the panel feature should be as streamlined in colours as possible. So I try to keep custom palettes for the sites I’m designing or involved in working on because it makes my work faster and more consistent.
If you’re always grabbing the eye-dropper to get colours and copying/pasting layer styles, chances are you’re wasting time and getting inaccurate results as well. So what can you do to get around this problem?
You could select each colour and style individually and delete them. However there’s a faster solution that is much easier. I’ve created two empty palettes and attached them to this post. Just download them and follow the directions below.
To empty your Swatches palette
Open the Swatch palette, select the More Options drop-down in the upper right, and select Replace Swatches. It’ll prompt you to browse for the new palette. Choose empty_swatches.aco. It replaces the default rainbow of colours with a single swatch of black.
To empty your Styles palette
Open the Styles palette, select the More Options drop-down in the upper right, and select Replace Swatches. It’ll prompt you to browse for the new palette. Choose empty_styles.asl. It replaces the default monstrosities with a simple “no styles” style.
That’s it. Quick and painless. When you’ve built your fancy new custom palettes just go back to the options menu in the upper right and choose Save Swatches/Save Styles. Once you’ve saved them you can load them into any document you want.
That’s a trick I learned from a more experienced designer a long time ago. So there you have it.