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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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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How to create a repeating pattern from the previously designed pattern?

I know the steps in how to properly create a custom pattern by creating a square with various color and shape differences. However, I found the hexagon repeating pattern from a movie and I much rather ...
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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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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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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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How can I create a Grey swatch using the swatch palette?

I realize this is a super stupid question but I do not know how to create a grey color with the swatch palette. Here is what my current setup is. Isn't there some color scale that is strictly ...
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How can I share swatch palette between desktop and laptop?

I recently bought a laptop to take out to appointments. I use a set palette of about 400 colors. How can I find the file and copy that to my laptop without recreating each color?
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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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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 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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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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Single color produces multiple colors [closed]

Aloha, I had a client send me a logo to use for making a sign. When i opened it in Illustrator it had several colors in it, but when i look at the swatches there are only 2. There are about 3 ...
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Color Mapping in Photoshop

I am making web templates and am looking for a quick way to change color schemes efficiently. I need to map different items to a certain color/swatch and change all of those items linked to that color ...
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Applying color to multiple objects in Photoshop CC [duplicate]

I have multiple objects that I would like to all have the same color. That way, when I change the color of the 'master' object, all the rest would also change. I am sure this is straightforward, but ...
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How do I covert Photoshop swatches to illustrator swatches in CS5? [duplicate]

I want to bring my Photoshop swatch library into Illustrator. I've tried saving swatches for exchange and then opening them in a New Swatch Library in Illustrator, but the colors become corrupted.
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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 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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the best way to maintain color customization in Photoshop files

I have just started designing print templates like brochures and business cards for graphic marketplaces. As different users has different color requirements for their brand the files must easy to ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best Pantone swatch to use for on-screen designs?

If my work is going to only be used to create image files that will be used online, or in email messages, what is the best Pantone swatch for me to use?
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Swatches from watercolor

I need to create my own swatches. From my own watercolor. For this I traced my watercolor. How can I create swatches from this traced watercolor for Adobe Illustrator?
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How to replicate tissue pattern using swatches in Illustrator?

Using swatches in Illustrator I want to replicate this pattern: I think to use swatches is the fastest way to replicate this pattern. But I can't get it done right. Firstly I drew those little ...
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Change table stroke thickness using swatches in illustrator

I am currently creating a large table and I would like to quickly be able to change the thickness of the borders to see what looks best. It is possible to quickly change the color of multiple items by ...
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Why do you always end up with unused swatches in Illustrator?

Why, after a Live Trace, when you Output to Swatches, do you always end up with a bunch of Unused Swatches? What are their purpose, assuming they have one? I see a lot articles explaining how to ...
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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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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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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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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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Photoshop Action to Make Coloured Shapes from Swatch Library

This might be a bit farfetched for Photoshop, but I was wondering if there was the possibility of creating an action to make 42 rectangles by sourcing the colour from 42 swatches in the Swatches ...
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I purchased vector clip art, it has multiple colors in the art, but none of the colors are listed in swatches

...and I need to convert to CMYK. How do I get the list of colors to convert? "Recolor artwork" and convert to CMYK under edit both do not work. Convert was greyed out and unavailable. Help!
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In illustrator file, how to print/report swatch

I have a pattern in Adobe Illustrator and I can go to Swatch and see the CMYK code for all the colors used - how do I print this set in a report or on printer so that I can share the color codes with ...