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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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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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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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Create interactive pattern inside a shape in Illustrator

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 ...
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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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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 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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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 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 logically organize color palettes for use in Illustrator and Photoshop for a specific project?

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: ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

Regarding all Adobe software... primarily Illustrator as well as InDesign.... The Registration swatch is only to be used in two instances: When you are manually drawing printer marks, i.e. trim, ...
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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 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 recolor a vector pattern swatch in Illustrator?

Drag a new pattern swatch to the artboard from the Swatches panel. Select the dragged pattern Ungroup Release the compound path remove the outer rectangle load into the Swatches panel your ordinary ...
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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 to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

In the Swatch Panel menu in Illustrator choose `Save Swatch Library as ASE' Save that to somewhere you can locate. In InDeign's Swatch Panel menu choose Load Swatches and select the .ase file you just ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

You're right that it's a little superfluous, especially because InDesign will add any printer marks during export. Registration black is really for adding any custom printer marks or page info. ...
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Color Swatches: loading multiple ASE files in illustrator CS5.5

I make generative art works which employ color schemes downloaded from kuler.adobe.com as ASE files.I improved the script provided by plainclothes to make a useful multiple ASE file loader tool to ...
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How can I adjust or replace many colours in an image with a new swatch of colours, without causing ugly edges?

I would use a Gradient Map as an adjustment layer. You can easily create your gradient by sampling your color key in another open window: It also helps to paint samples of your new tones on a new ...
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Illustrators standard colour swatches has vanished in "rogue" pdf document

At least most of the default swatches are in the swatch libraries. Select the options in the top right of the swatches panel, and choose Open Swatch Library > Default Swatches > Basic RGB. There'...
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