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I've noticed that sometimes on OS X, Adobe Illustrator's color palette only shows shades of gray rather than a full range of colors. If this occurred in Photoshop, I'd immediately assume the document was somehow set to Grayscale; however, I don't see such a setting in AI. Even so, when it has occurred I assumed that I bumped some keyboard shortcut and changed the mode or even more likely that the application had a bug. However, I recently saw the exact same problem occur in another application, OmniGroup's Outliner. There is a panel/palette to change color of text or rows and the palette(s) appeared to be grayscale only.

Is this a bug in OS X, a bug that coincidentally exist in both applications, or is there a system-wide setting that I'm somehow toggling?

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I thought Illustrator had a custom color palette. – Vervious Sep 8 '11 at 23:15
@Nano8Blazex At least Photoshop has a preference for Color Picker: Adobe / Apple – user495470 Sep 13 '11 at 3:45
@Lri Oh, ok. :) – Vervious Sep 13 '11 at 20:29
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The second tab of the OS X color picker shows Gray Scale Slider by default:

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In an Adobe CS color picker you could've accidentally selected the radio box for saturation:

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I don't know if it was either of these, but I've often been confused by both myself.

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I see! Thank you! It's possible that I bumped ⌘1 – Michael Prescott Sep 14 '11 at 0:46

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