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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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 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 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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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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No color swatches available in Illustrator

When opening a new image from a PNG file in Illustrator as the background for my artboard to trace over I am not able to select any color swatches the only available options are [none] and [...
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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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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use [...
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Export Photoshop swatch sheet to a human-readable document

I need to export a Photoshop swatch file to a human-readable document with RGB, HSB, HEX values and the name of the swatch. Is there any tool which can export swatches to this kind of a document?
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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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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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How can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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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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Is it possible to have global color swatches or color styles in Photoshop?

I'm looking for a way to use one color in multiple different layers, and then be able to change that color in all the layers in one single place. Lets say that I have four layers using #ffffff. Now I ...
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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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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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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 you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?

I want to grab one of the colors from a gradient, and turn it into a solid color swatch. Update Just to be precise, I want to get the color of one of the 'nodes' in the gradient. So if a a gradient ...
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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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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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Exporting / Saving Pattern Swatches in Illustrator

I would like to keep the patterns I have created in Illustrator CS6 in a handy file. Currently, I just make an object, apply the pattern, and copy/paste the object to transfer the pattern to a ...
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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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Some text moves when deleting a color swatch (Indesign CC)

I have a color swatch I need to be deleted, but on deleting the swatch some text in certain text frames moves up a little (1 or 2 mm). It is not the frames that move, but the text inside the frames. ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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Is there any tool to display swatch sheet in a document?

I'm looking for a tool or strategy (web app, software, Photoshop feature etc.) that will let me display all swatches I have in a '.aco' or '.ase' file in a table and saved as a PDF (preferably) for ...
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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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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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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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Copy color to existing swatch in Adobe Indesign

How can I update multiple swatches in Adobe InDesign quickly? I have some 20 swatches I want to update. I've been doing this in Photoshop by using the Hue/Saturation tool, then putting the screenshot ...
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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 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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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 import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

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?
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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 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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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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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 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 a photoshop action or script load/save swatch, and choose color from it

I was wondering if it is possible for a photoshop action to choose foreground or background color from the swatch. I have tried doing it, but instead of picking from swatch it is always taking a ...
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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 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 ...