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Questions tagged [swatches]

Questions about selections of different color fields commonly used in digital imaging software. Swatches are used to store color selections in order to consistenly use the same color across a project.

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How to convert tints into swatches in Illustrator

I am working with a lot of different tints of the same hue and I would like to have all of those tints as swatches in my colour palette in ILLUSTRATOR. I can not find a way to do that. Update: I ...
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Create interactive pattern inside a shape in Illustrator

I have created a pattern and I want to use it inside a shape interactively. The pattern is filled horizontally in the image. I want it to be filled in a path along the fish's body. How can this be ...
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(Ilustrator CS6) Missing custom color swatches from gradient tool

I'm having a new problem that I'm 100% certain it wasnt there before. On the top I'm pointing out my custom color swatches. As far as I can remember, If I wanted to add those colors to a gradient I ...
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Illustrator - pattern not saved when reopen AI and PDF file

I make several patterns by open jpeg file on illustrator and drag the photo into the swatches box and 'save swatches' out of it and then I saved all of them as 'Save Swatch Library as AI' now I ...
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How accurate is pantone conversion in Illustrator and how should I send “Pantone References” asked by the printer?

I've been hired to do a big campaign that requires all sorts of permutations of an Illustrator design. Most recently, I was asked to make a banner. The printer wants my Illustrator file (no pdf) in ...
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How to replace spectrum view in color panel with color picker?

I am new to Illustrator. I am just finding this color panel really hard to use. How do you pick a gray color from that spectrum. Before Illustrator, I used Coreldraw a lot, where there is no spectrum ...
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How do I change color but keep tint in illustrator?

I have an illustration made of several parts. All parts are the same spot color (some Pantone color) but they are different in tint. I know that I can select them all and go to Edit > Edit Colors > ...
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How to permanently save swatches in illustrator cc 2018?

I save my swatches and every time I re-open Illustrator CC 2018 they disappear. Is there a way that I can permanently save my swatches so they don't disappear after exiting? I'm a bit new at this. ...
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How can I export my gradient to get the colour values from Illustrator

I would like to export my gradient from Illustrator CS5. I know I can click each swatch individually, make a note of the colour and the percentage value and click on each handle to work out the value ...
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How do I change a color from a swatch library and actually change all the objects that have that color applied in the document?

Is there a way to create a swatch library, apply different colors from that swatches library to a lot of objects (e.g. a red swatch to 30 objects, a lime swatch to 170 objects, etc.) and after, If I ...
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I would like to back up my User Defined Swatches Library created in Illustrator

I would like to back up my User Defined Swatches Library created Illustrator. How can I ensure these are saved if something happens to my computer, my swatches don't show in the Swatches Folder in the ...
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Illustrator pattern swatch: graphic appears three times

I have artwork of a locomotive and a wagon, and I want to create a pattern brush out of it: First, I create a pattern swatch using "Object > Pattern > Make". Then I get a pattern swatch that contains ...
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How to make Illustrator default to CMYK [duplicate]

How to make Illustrator default to CMYK. My color box says CMYK, but my swatches still default to RGB please help.
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How to blend multiple pre-made swatch gradients into 1 shape in Illustrator?

I'm trying to make these separate rectangles into 1 rectangle with each gradient flowing seamlessly into one another. Right now, the edges are too harsh for me and I want more smoothness. All of these ...
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How to clearly see what is process and spot colors in the swatches palette

How can you clearly see the differences between process and spot colors in the swatches palette in Illustrator? I have issues seeing which are spot colors and which are process colors. Is there a ...
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How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape?

I want to create patterns/images within an image in Illustrator E.g. smaller triangles within a large triangle. I’ve tried to create a swatch with the smaller images and then chosen the larger image ...
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Is it possible to generate a gradient from color swatches?

I am trying to generate two gradients using color swatches in Adobe Illustrator. It took me a very long time to find out that it's possible to save the colors using "Add Used Colors", and as it can ...
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References to missing color books (Not Pantone) in Illustrator from a linked PSD

So I am working with a file in Illustrator (CC V22.01) to create a multi-panel POP display. The Brand's logo is made in photoshop and so I've been placing it as a linked PSD into the document. That ...
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Create swatches from gradient

I was wondering if there is a way in Illustrator to create a certain number of swatches out of a gradient. Say that I need 9 distinct colors and I want to extract these colors from a gradient. What it ...
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Cyan always remains when deleting unused swatches

I am guessing this is a bug because all my students have experienced this regardless of the colors they were using in their designs (we were working in PMS). Is there any rationale for Cyan having to ...
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Tint and Opacity on swatch do not yield same color on white [duplicate]

On two identical rectangles I use a swatch as fill color. The swatch is C=100, M=0, Y=0, K=0. On one rectangle I've set the Tint for the swatch to 10%, on the Other I've set the opacity to 10%. The ...
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Why do most of the color palette generating websites generate specifically 5 swatches in a color scheme?

I have used several websites to generate color schemes including Adobe color, coolors.co, etc. All of them generate only 5 swatches per scheme. I want to know exactly, why is the number 5?
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Importing Illustrator pattern swatches into InDesign [duplicate]

Does anyone know if we can import Illustrator pattern swatches into an InDesign library or swatch pattern library?
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How to work around 100 artboard limitation in Illustrator for large project with many symbols?

In Illustrator CC 2017, there is a limit of 100 artboards per file. For a project I'm doing, I have several global swatches and symbols that I need on more artboards than that. (If the limit were ...
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Illustrator wrong CMYK color

I have a question according to CMYK colors in Adobe Illustrator. When I make a CMYK color in the swatches section with the value of C0 M0 Y0 K90, I get a brown-ish color, why? I want to make a black-...
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What color swatch is this?

Trying to figure out how to load the swatch pictured in the below image in Inkscape:
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Illustrator .ait Swatches into photoshop

G'day I need to know the easiest way to import Colour Swatch groups from Illustrator into Photoshop. (I have only found answers for the reverse in my search, ie PS to AI) We have an Illustrator ...
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How to recolor a vector pattern swatch in Illustrator?

I am new to textures and overlaying a vector for texturing, and I found these halftone textures from Spoon graphics http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/10-distressed-vector-halftone-patterns-for-...
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Can I create a new color group based on an image that is on my artboard in Adobe Illustrator?

I have an image of a beautiful Betta Siemese fighting fish and I'd like to create a new color group based on the colors that appear in the image. I placed the image on my artboard in Illustrator and ...
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Illustrator: How to create a swatch by combining two colors?

In Photoshop, I would just add black and white on top of colors, change the opacity, and wallah... darker and lighter versions I could then use the eyedropper on and add to my palette. In Illustrator,...
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Can placing a raster file introduce swatches in InDesign?

Can any raster format (JPG/TIF/PSD/PNG/etc) introduce swatches in InDesign when placed as a link? There are 2 swatches in my INDD document that won't delete (i know its an old issue), and these did ...
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Illustrator: stop gradient from applying to new objects

I used a linear gradient onto a line and now it applies to every new object I create. How can I stop this?
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How to convert global color swatches to local colors in Illustrator CC 2017?

I have a document that is using global process colors - I need the colors to be local. However, when uncheck the global color box in my swatch options, it doesn't actually affect any objects in the ...
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InDesign: making an universal color change

I am working on a 144-page booklet. I need to make an universal color change throughout the document wherever the original color appears (text, strokes, etc). I used to be able to trash the color in ...
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Illustrator: how to make “color theme” groups

In Illustrator, I want to use a color that is a placeholder so that later I can change it in one place, and everything using that color will be changed. Simply knowing what AI calls this feature ...
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How to add gradients to a swatch in Illustrator?

Is it possible to save gradients the same way one saves single colours (via creating a Swatch)?
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Photoshop - How to convert swatches to a color table?

Is there a way to convert Photoshop swatches to a Photoshop color table? I am converting an image to indexed color and I have the option to choose a color table. I have the swatches I want already ...
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transferring colors from Paletton to Illustrator

I started to work with Paletton.com. I need to get color scheme to Adobe Illustrator. I see .aso among output (export) formats in Paletton and I understand that I can load this .aso in Photoshop, ...
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How can I apply watercolour swatches to a gradient?

I'm trying to figure out how to fade multiple watercolour effects on an object. I've tried dragging my watercolour swatches into gradient stops, but my gradient reverts to white each time. I'm trying ...
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Illustrator script to add colors from selected object onto artboard as swatches?

I'm looking for a way to add color chips, along with their color name onto the artboard based on a selected object. I work in textile and print design, need to create a mill-sheet listing out every ...
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Is there a quick way to make multiple Illustrator swatches global?

Global swatches are my friends. Being able to open a swatch in Illustrator, change its colour values and have my art change along is invaluable. I know I can change a swatch to global by opening the ...
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Get the closest swatch from an PNG color set

So I have a set of PNG colors provided to me. But as agreed to our design guidelines, we shall use the Material colors provided by Google. So if example that there exists a "lime" color from the PNG ...
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Save Photoshop swatches with PSD?

Is it possible to save a swatch library as part of a PSD file? I want to open PSD files and have my color palette in place. Seems very logical to me.
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Illustrator Global Swatches and Creative Cloud Libraries

I've been playing around with using Creative Cloud Libraries to share assets between a group of files that I am prepping for print, but I'm struggling to get my head around sharing colours. Without ...
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How do I create a list of RGB values from color swatch (Photoshop)? [duplicate]

I need to create a list of RGB values from color swatch (Photoshop) and save these data in text-file. How I can do that?
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Illustrator CS6-How do I make swatches stay Global after Global Adjust?

[Adobe Illustrator CS6 / PC] I hope someone can help me. I'm usually able to find an answer through Google, but not this time. What I'm trying to do is create a series of color schemes. While doing ...
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Converting Ai Graphic Styles to Photoshop patterns

Is there anyway to convert Ai graphic styles for use in Photoshop as a pattern? or swatch?
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Unable to get colour sliders in CMYK Swatch on Indesign

I have had a user I support come to me with something that seems a little weird. When they try to add a colour or see swatch options under CMYK mode, the sliders are not present - only a list of ...
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How to access pattern library (Photoshop CC)

I have just defined a creation as a pattern but I cannot find where it has gone. I wish to use the pattern in Illustrator as a pattern swatch. I appreciate this is a basic question but I have been ...
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How to input a specific Pantone color number in Illustrator?

Can someone please tell me the steps to input a Pantone number in Illustrator? For example, I have selected what I want to color, now I want to make that selection Pantone #300. Where do I input ...