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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Use new ase file to change multiple files created with old ase file and global colors

I have 30 files all colored using the same global color swatch palette generated by the same .ase color swatch library. Is there a way to use a new .ase file to globally change those colors? I know ...
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Illustrator changing my CMYK values even in a CMYK document

My illustrator is changing my cmyk colors and even swatches to random numbers, I was changing CMYK red to 98% yellow 97% magenta, and now worse, it changes cmyk black to 70%c, 67%m, 64%y, 74%k. Mind ...
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Illustrator: after opening an svg, how do I make all used colors into swatches?

I opened an svg in illustrator. My swatches panel was empty. I want it to have all the colors used in the svg. How do I do that?
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How to get 6 cube color picker in swatches?

where can i get a swatch panel in Photoshop similar to this old Macromedia color picker? It is pretty similar to web safe color, but the order is some different.
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Illustrator - How to Use Swatches Across Documents

There must be something I'm missing. I created a handful of brand colors in one document and put them in a color group. I wanted to then use them in multiple documents. Save swatch library: source EPS ...
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Is it possible to edit a Gradient Swatch in Illustrator's UI?

I can't find any way to edit a Gradient Swatch in Illustrator's UI. I can do lots of things with a Color Swatch or a Pattern Swatch, but for some reason, I can only change the name of a Gradient ...
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Why can't I chose my User Defined swatches when recoloring an artwork?

I usually select my user-defined swatches when recoloring an artwork in Illustrator (Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor With Preset). My .ase files are in the Illustrator Application folder, inside ...
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How can I easily convert a plaintext list of HEX values to an adobe ACO/ASE color palette file?

I have a list of colors in #XXXXXX format. How can I convert this list into a swatch (aco/ase) file? If it's not possible I'll settle for converting to an image. Any help would be awesome. Thank you.
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Convert swatch group to global swatches

Is there a way to create multiple global swatches with an existing swatch group? I have shift+clicked the swatches in the group and went to the group folder but the convert process to global tickbox ...
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Swatches panel not adding basic RGB, appearing in a new window Illustrator CS6

When I go to add a swatch group to the swatches panel say basic RGB it opens it in a new window?
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Fully stretching pattern

I defined a simple pattern that consists just of vertical lines that repeat with a specific distance. Now I want these lines to always stretch from the top to the bottom of the element that uses it as ...
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How to convert .ASE or .ACO color swatch files to .PNG — ONLINE?

Can't find this anywhere, tried the popular online converters. How do I easily convert .ase or .aco to .png online?
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Adding swatch to Library InDesign CS6

I am following a tutorial that uses InDesign CC. I am currently practicing on InDesign CS6. The tutorial is talking about CC libraries. I added a new library to my CS6 document and created new ...
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What is the math behind these color combinations?

In short, I want to know what the theory is behind the Helpscout colour palette. I think it has something to do with material.io? https://style.helpscout.com/visual-elements/ Now I've always had my ...
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How to record specific color swatches as an action in Adobe Illustrator

I have a file that contains of many objects which can be images, vectors or clipping masks. But all the objects are grouped with the same specific color swatches. Let's say the color is CMYK Cyan. I ...
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Different tints (opacities) of a spot colour as separate discrete swatches in the swatch panel?

In Indesign is there a way to setup various tints or opacities of the same Pantone Spot colour as separate discrete swatches? It would be helpful for me as I would like to set up a Data Merge function ...
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Photoshop shortcut to select specific color swatches

Is there any shortcut to change brush tool color that I'm currently using from green swatch to red swatch? I need to have several colors that I would change constantly using shortcuts.
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Swatches setting

My stroke panel doesn't have the same swatches as my fill panel and I am trying to update it. For some reason it has imported some pattern swatches I made but when I try to import the Basic RGB swatch ...
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How can I find "hidden" colors in an Illustrator document?

I made a color group of black and white objects. But it shows 3 different blacks and 1 gray and 1 white color in the swatch. How can I isolate or find/see those specific colours that are unwanted in ...
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RGB palette to predetermined CMYK palette in InDesign and/or Illustrator

Happily this isn't yet another "why do my RGB colors look different in 4cp output" question. But let me admit that I may be missing something obvious here. I am working with InDesign and Illustrator ...
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How can I add more swatches and gradients to a swatch library?

I've created a color scheme on Adobe Color web page and exported it to use on Illustrator (let's name it as "my custom palette"), now I have one more color and one gradient I'd like to add ...
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Inkscape: swatch color setup missing from swatches list

I have created a swatch file for Inkscape: GIMP Palette Name: My-Ca 50 43 2b beige foncé 57 4b 2e beige moyen a7 96 6b beige clair fb e3 bd beige pâle 2c 50 3a vert terne 33 4c 27 ...
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How can I merge Color groups?

I have several color groups that I use to conform illustrations to brand guidelines, most of them saved either in the Cloud, or in .ASE format. Each color group has a little "folder" icon next to it, ...
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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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