Lets say that I have four layers using #ffffff. Now I want to know what my design looks like with #ffff00 instead. How can I do this without manually changing all four layers?
There's a few good ways to tag, filter and apply changes across your entire document. It's not the same as global colour swatches or CSS-like styles, but it's still very workable and ...
If I understand you correctly; you can click on the little arrow in the gradient tab, that represent the colour you want to find:
Or, you could select the gradient object, and click the "create new colour group" at the bottom of the swatch window. This will give you a colour group with all the "main" colours in your gradient:
Select the group of objects you want to grab the colors from and click the New Color Group button on the Swatches pane. Make sure the Selected Artwork option is selected, and you'll get a new color group with all the colors from that selection.
See this question: Where did my default brushes go?
The same holds true for Swatches, or any library of items.
To recap, when you open raster images, and sometimes PDF files via Illustrator, the files open without any of the stock libraries. This is because the files don't contain the information about the stock libraries, including the swatch library.
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).
The number of colors in a color scheme should be part of the design process for a given project. Personally, when I'm designing something, I don't try to decide ...
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 stops to your gradient, using the grid as a guide for placing the stops equidistantly.
Then click on the fill selector, hit the little menu icon in the dropdown,...
I have made a limited (no support for LAB, HSB or spot color at the moment) python aco -> text dumper. The script itself is a one off quickly done one so you need to change the file name to read or name your out file test.aco:
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# quick script no warranties whatsoever
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 Properties and click Global to set them all at once.
I believe those are Google's 'Material Design' colors...
You can download the swatches for use in Inkscape and Gimp here:
And for Photoshop and Illustrator here:
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 and drag on your pattern to move it inside the object.
For this process you should start with fully expanded artwork (no strokes), and all objects should have 100% opacity. If you're starting with a live trace, just make sure you've hit Expand.
Step 1: Merge Artwork
Select all the artwork you would like to separate and click the Merge button. This can be found in the Pathfinder panel. This brings all the artwork ...
place the layers in a group....
apply a Color Overlay Layer Stye to the group.
You can then double-click the Layer Style and change the Color Overlay color.
This may not work for every instance, but it can be exceptionally handy in many cases.
I'd be happy to be wrong here and have my answer superseded, but I don't believe that it's possible. It is in InDesign, but since Photoshop treats colors and objects differently, I don't think it works.
Someone over on Photoshop.com asked a question that I believe is the same thing you're asking, and the response was to use "Replace Color." That works for ...
I place a Solid Colored layer into a smart layer. Then I apply copies of this smart layer as a clipping mask to all of the shapes and other objects that should be the same color. If I want to change the color, I just updated the original smart layer.
Unfortunately, I don't think this clipping mask solution works with layers within other smart objects.
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 you need to change (there's only one in this case) and adjust using the sliders at the bottom. You can bring up the normal color picker by double clicking the "...
You can try to make a brush
In the left there's a large horizontal piece of a pattern. It's dragged to the brushes collection and defined to be an artistic brush.
A curve has been drawn, the brush is applied to it.
The red shape is a random body which follows approximately the curvature of the previous curve. It's used as a clipping mask in the rightmost ...
Photoshop does not support "global" swatches in the same way as Illustrator or InDesign (InD swatches are always global). The swatches functionality in Photoshop is just a source to grab colors from. It makes no effort to manage those swatches in a usable way. One more bit of evidence that Photoshop is not the right place to do your design work.
There may ...
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 and Illustrator will not make it for you (thankfully).
The conflict means you have 2 swatches with identical names -- one in the document already and one ...
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 each one - this allows you to edit one swatch and automatically update every object using that color
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 panel by selecting "Transform Pattern Only" from the panel menu and adjusting values (i.e. to move, just adjust the X and Y values)...
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 percentage is only there if the swatch was created with "name using color values" was checked. Viewing as list will not always show color breakouts
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, then drag the swatches to the gradient to create the single multi-step gradient.
Once you have all the gradient stops, you can move them to position them as you'...
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 mentions, but custom scripts shouldn't be necessary for such a common task of matching screen colors to print colors.
CMYK colors are not absolute colors. They are a ...
I'd create a small web page and then take a screen grab. You'll end up with a bitmap image you can place on a layer. From there you can sample the colours and use them in your design.
If your list looks something like this:
0 0 0
0 0 255
0 255 0
255 0 0
Some clever find/replacing should get you what's needed to create a web page. Depending on the exact ...
Yes. The way you are expecting swatches to work is called 'global' swatches in Illustrator. Swatches are not global by default. You can make any colour swatch global by double-clicking it in the swatch panel, then ticking the 'global' box.
The swatch will get a small white marker in the panel to indicate that it's global.
When a global swatch is applied to ...
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 Eyedropper tool. Make sure its Appearance checkbox is on.
Rectangle Tool: Draw a rectangle. Leave it selected. Assume this is the object to which you want to apply ...
You can't save pattern swatches in ase format:
The best way to to this is to have an Illustrator file that you can simply paste a new pattern-filled shape to then save.
You can then share that .ai file and load it as an "Other Library" to import all the pattern swatches.
I haven't used Adobe Swatch Exchange, but I work with theme files and color libraries a lot, and the way I personally like to organize my swatches is actually very close to what you have mentioned:
Primary color + primary derivatives (shades);
Secondary colors + derivatives;
Complementary colors that are part of the palette;
Special case colors (because I ...
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 Pantone+ Solid Coated or Pantone+ Solid Uncoated. Actual books present may vary with your Illustrator version.
A separate swatches panel appears with all the ...