When you're designing artwork, especially when you're designing artwork for the web, having consistency in color can be really important. Now as we've been discussing, Illustrator can be used alongside many other applications. And when you're working with Illustrator and Fireworks, for example, you may want to take some colors that you've already defined, maybe some swatches that you've saved for a particular client or a project, and you might want to share those swatches across your other applications, so that you can be sure that your colors are actually consistent. Now, with Adobe Creative Suite CS5, Adobe has actually made it possible to share swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks.
Let's see how that works. Right now, inside of my Illustrator document called monthly_specials, if I open up my Swatches panel, I'll see that I already have a whole bunch of swatches created. What I can do is I can go to the flyout menu of my Swatches panel and choose to save swatch library as ASE, or it actually stands for Adobe Swatch Exchange. I am going to choose that option, and I'm going to place that on my desktop, let's say in my exercise files. Let's go to Chapter 10 Using Fireworks, and let's call this, not monthly_specials, but let's call this one, explore_ca, and now I'm going to choose Save.
Now I'm going to get an alert here that lets me know that only solid colors are actually saved. We know that in Illustrator I can create swatches for creating some patterns. But those are not actually saved inside of the file. We are dealing specifically now with solid colors. So I'm going to click OK. And now I'm going to switch over to fireworks. Now I'm going to create a new document here, and I'm going to come over to my Swatches panel and from the flyout menu, I'm going to choose Replace Swatches. You see, I don't want to keep the swatches that I already have inside of my document; I actually want to replace them with other swatches.
So I'll now navigate back to that folder, in this case here Chapter 10, I'll choose the explore_ca.ase file, or Adobe Swatch Exchange file, and I'll click Open. Notice now that all the swatches that were here before are now replaced with the swatches that I've already defined inside of Illustrator. Now of course, instead of replacing all those swatches, I can choose the Add Swatches, which would've kept my original swatches and simply appended the swatches of Illustrator to that existing list.
However, in this way, I can easily take colors that I'm using inside of Illustrator and ensure that I'm using those exact same colors when I'm designing inside of Fireworks as well.
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