I'm working on various color schemes for my design elements. I wish I could simply fill the elements by copying and pasting hex-values using keyboard shortcuts.

Everytime, I have to double click on the 'Fill' to open 'Color Picker' where I get to paste the copied hex value, which is breaking my flow.

Is there a way to set a shortcut or workaround to address this issue?

  • Are you copying the hex value to paste in another program? I don't understand why you have to copy and paste inside illustrator.
    – LeoNas
    Aug 3 '18 at 18:17
  • Might be better to set up a bunch of colour swatches, one for each colour you need, rather than copying and pasting hexadecimal numbers.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 3 '18 at 20:09
  • @LeoNas I'm copy pasting from color schemes that I either generate online or copy paste from other sites. Aug 3 '18 at 20:43

Use the Color Panel not the Color Picker. That's the entire reason there is a Color Panel in Illustrator. You do not ever really need the Color Picker.

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  • I don't think you have understood my question or my actual problem. I need ways to easily copy paste hex values that I collect outside of Illustrator. Using the Color Picker or Color Panel, I'm only being able to get hex values not paste hex values through a keyboard shortcut. Currently I have , set to Color as a shortcut. Every time I select an element, hit , and try to paste the color, it get's printed on screen as a new text layer. So, using Color Panel isn't helping hoping I'm not doing anything wrong. Aug 4 '18 at 9:53
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    As far as I'm a ware, there are no shortcuts to enter text fields on panels or in the Color Picker. Basically I don't think you can merely paste into a UI field anywhere without first placing the cursor into the field itself.
    – Scott
    Aug 4 '18 at 18:00

Set your base color (CYMK/ RGB / Hex)

First set your eyedroper copy and paste attributes. Double click the eyedropper tool.

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Then if you are satisfied. Select the target layer or object and press I.

This will copy the appearance (Fill,Stroke, Colors etc.) and paste it to the chosen layer or object.

  • This partially solves my problem as I still have to bring in the design element inside of Illustrator to pick colors. I'm talking about getting attracted by a color outside of Illustrator, copying its hex-values and pasting it to an element inside Illustrator with keyboard shortcuts. Aug 5 '18 at 18:24

That's my workflow:

If you can see any color outside the illustrator you can grab its color using the eyedropper tool.

Select the object you want to apply the color. Pick the eyedropper tool. Click and drag it to outside the illustrator (don't release it).

Now it will sample any color inside and outside Illstrator.

I made a picture grabing colors from this site.

See it below:

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I see you're in a lot of pain. You can directly click on the hex panel here. It will reduce 'one' click of yours. That's half relief i guess. :D I am facing same problem. No keyboard shortcut can be assigned for this. enter image description here

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    Hello Rohit Bisht, welcome to GD.SE and thanks for your help! Unfortunately, everything you're telling us has already been covered by Scott's answer. As we are a Q&A site, and not a regular forum, we frown on duplicating answers that have already been given. Please have a look at the tour and the help center to get up to speed with the Stack Exchange system and this site in particular. Do know that we're happy to have you, although we are a bit finicky at times. Enjoy the site and have fun learning!
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