I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
- In the Swatch Panel menu in Illustrator choose `Save Swatch Library as ASE'
- Save that to somewhere you can locate.
- In InDeign's Swatch Panel menu choose
Load Swatchesand select the .ase file you just saved.
You must save as an ASE file for InDesign to read the swatches.
Note: All Adobe applications can read and open .ase swatch files. So the same procedure is used when moving swatches between any Adobe applications.
Also Note: This only refers to color swatches in AI (global/spot/CMK/RGB). This does not work for gradient and pattern swatches in Illustrator. Gradient and pattern swatch types are not transferable.
Here is another tip: Let's say that you have used layer effects and transparency for your objects and you want to capture those as color swatches and apply them as though they are flat colors: Save your illustrator file as a pdf. Open it in Acrobat Pro and Open Preflight under the Tools menu. Go to PDF Fix-ups and select "Flatten Transparency". Then click "Analyze and Fix". Save the pdf and when you reopen it in Illustrator, you will see that it has objects with colors without transparency or layer effects. You can add these to your swatches. This is useful if you need to send the swatches over to Indesign and want the correct colors.