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Why do most of the color palette generating websites generate specifically 5 swatches in a color scheme?

There aren't just 5 colors in a color scheme. Sometimes there's only two colors. Sometimes there are many more than five (when shades of the primary few colors are included as well, for example). ...
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Create swatches from gradient

There's no way of doing it fully automatically in Illustrator, although I suppose it could be scripted if you feel so inclined, but there is a way of doing it with a few extra clicks! You could add ...
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How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape?

I assume you built a pattern and applied it to an object. To move a pattern inside an object, select the object using the Selection Tool (V). Hold Down the grave accent (backtick) key `, and click ...
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Is there a quick way to make multiple Illustrator swatches global?

Select multiple swatches in your swatch panel holding either Shift (if they're near each other) or Control/Command if they're not. Then on the top right drop down panel menu can click on Swatch ...
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What color swatch is this?

I believe those are Google's 'Material Design' colors... You can download the swatches for use in Inkscape and Gimp here: https://github.com/KiSSFLOW/gimp-material-design-color-palette And for ...
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How to recolor a vector pattern swatch in Illustrator?

Apply your pattern swatch to your artwork and with it selected hit the Recolor Artwork button (or go to Edit → Edit Colors → Recolor Artwork...): Select the "New" swatch next to the color ...
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How do I move a pattern swatch once I've applied it to a shape?

You can use object transforms (in the Object → Tranform menu) to transform only the pattern, just uncheck "Transform Objects" and check "Transform Patterns"... You can also use the Transform ...
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Swatch Conflict

You don't really "get rid" of that message. You decide what you want to do. It is not an error message, it's a workflow message asking you how you want to handle the issue... a decision must be made ...
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Illustrator: how to make “color theme” groups

These are called Swatches create any number of swatches that you need via the Swatches palette, which also has an option to create groups of swatches (marked J below) make sure you tick Global for ...
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How to clearly see what is process and spot colors in the swatches palette

You sure can! Just click on the menu button in the top left corner and change it to small list view or large list view. This will even allow you to see the perecentage of each CMYK color! Note: CMYK ...
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How to blend multiple pre-made swatch gradients into 1 shape in Illustrator?

You can do this with a single multi-colored gradient. I would not use blends here for any reason. Set up the general swatches needed for each gradient. Draw a rectangle and apply a gradient fill, ...
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RGB palette to predetermined CMYK palette in InDesign and/or Illustrator

This might be a non-answer, but my honest advice for you is: Don't do it this way. As you are realizing, this method is really cumbersome and time consuming. It could be scripted, as @joojaa ...
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How to input a specific Pantone color number in Illustrator?

Open the Swatches palette. Click on the palette's options icon in the top right (three horizontal bars with a tiny triangle next to them). Open Swatch Library > Color Books > and choose either ...
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How do you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?

Here's a copy of an old post in Adobe forum, I think it works: Assuming you mean you want to pick up colors between color stops of a Grad, so as to apply them to another object: DoubleClick the ...
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How to add gradients to a swatch in Illustrator?

Yep, just drag the gradient icon / preview from the gradient palette to the swatches palette: Done.
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Illustrator: How to create a swatch by combining two colors?

You can use the blend tool. Go to Object>Blend>Blend Options Then from the drop down list select Specified Steps and then in the adjacent cell type 1. Then on the left panel choose blend tool Then ...
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How to work around 100 artboard limitation in Illustrator for large project with many symbols?

As far as I'm aware there is no way around this limit. A limit is a limit in this case... So let's just deal with it. This is thinking inside the box... So for example if you have 176 objects, just ...
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Is it possible to generate a gradient from color swatches?

Apply your gradient to a shape (using the 2 colors) Now go to Object → Expand and set it to the amount of colors you want (I did 15) Right click → Ungroup and Right Click → Release clipping mask ...
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How can I merge Color groups?

Click-shift-drag Click the first swatch in a group Hold the Shift key down Click the last swatch in a group Then click-drag them to another group Then you can delete the empty folders. Unless they'...
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RGB palette to predetermined CMYK palette in InDesign and/or Illustrator

Make a copy of your RGB colors put it in a folder called colors in document. Use only these colors. You can then drag the symbol swatches form one set over to anothers icon and it overwrites the ...
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How can I apply watercolour swatches to a gradient?

I'm assuming your watercolor swatch is a pattern swatch. If so, you can't add a pattern to a gradient, but you can layer your pattern on top of your gradient. Set up your gradient as you want it ...
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How do you extract a color from a gradient in Illustrator?

If you have a 'live' gradient applied to an object within Illustrator, you can generate a set of flat swatches by selecting the object and clicking the 'edit gradient' (in the gradients palette). Add ...
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No color swatches available in Illustrator

I'm embarrassed to say I've struggled with this for months. Luckily, is seems I'm not the only one. Unluckily, most people have only given half answers, then reference another half-answer. Here is ...
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Illustrator: stop gradient from applying to new objects

If you would like new objects to all start with the same standard appearance, rather than the last used appearance, click the Appearance Panel Menu and ensure New Art Has Basic Appearance is checked. ...
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How to recolor a vector pattern swatch in Illustrator?

Drag the pattern swatch into your Swatches palette if it isn't already; Double-click the swatch in the palette to enter the pattern editor; Recolor away to your heart's content; Close the pattern ...
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How to clearly see what is process and spot colors in the swatches palette

In addition to viewing the swatches as a list.... Spot colors swatches have a spot on them..... Standard process swatches have no corner indicator. Global colors have a white triangle in the lower ...
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I would like to back up my User Defined Swatches Library created in Illustrator

Open the swatch panel and click on the libraries button on the bottom and then select Save Swatches This will load a dialog to save your swatch file as an .ai file which can be loaded into any doc ...
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