I think I've finally got the hang of it. Still can't get a color off the swatches palette--which is a little annoying but I find I can work around that with the color wheel and color swatch actions. I am still kind of puzzled by the pattern set but it seems like you don't really getting anything different with those than you do with the actions. Is that correct or am I missing something.
Anyway I am really enjoying the whole color thing now that I've sort of got the hang of it. i am wondering if it has any applications beyond coloring embs and templates?
Mac issues update: the guy took my whole computer apart and you would not have believed the dust and cat hair therein! So while I am still struggling with PSE, the struggles are at least going along a little faster now