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I'm trying to make a tint of a color in illustrator but can't figure out how to do that with CMYK colors. With pantone colors, you're usually able to make a tint by selecting the swatch and clicking the color window, like so:

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However, when I try to do the same with CMYK colors, I just get an option to adjust the color balance, like this:

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So where do I find the tint slider for CMYK colors? I'm working on a project where the client states that the specifically want a 20% tint of #d8c114. I don't want to use the color balance option, because I want to have essentially the same swatch, only lighter. It seems like it should be possible since I'm able to do tinted CMYK colors in indesign.

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  • Drag the CMYK color to the Swatches panel.

  • Double-click that swatch...
    (Or highlight the swatch and choose Swatch Options... from the Swatch Panel menu)

  • Tick the Global option and then OK

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The color will then have a single slider similar to spot colors, but it is still a CMYk color

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More info regarding Global Colors can be found in the Help Files.

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  • Is there any way to save the custom tint as a separate swatch?
    – E.B.
    Jan 14 at 0:34
  • @E.B. yes.. just like with spot colors, reduce the tint slider and drag the color to the Swatch Panel = new swatch or that tint. Usage of Global colors in Illustrator is basically the same as usage of spot colors. The difference is in the color separations.
    – Scott
    Jan 14 at 0:36

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