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Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop

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Video: Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop

If you're going to be using both Illustrator and Photoshop to get your web design work done, you might want to be able to share swatches between these applications as well. The good news is that there's a really easy way to do it to make sure that all your colors stay consistent. For example, I am here inside of my home_page.ai file. If I look at my swatches here in this document, I have some of the standard swatches that come with Illustrator, along with some of the customized ones that I have created. Now before I actually move these into Photoshop, I want to start cleaning this up a little bit. So I am actually going to go ahead, and make sure I have nothing selected right now on my artboard, just click on a blank area. And I will click on let's say this red swatch here and then Shift+Click on this swatch right here, and then delete them.

Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop

If you're going to be using both Illustrator and Photoshop to get your web design work done, you might want to be able to share swatches between these applications as well. The good news is that there's a really easy way to do it to make sure that all your colors stay consistent. For example, I am here inside of my home_page.ai file. If I look at my swatches here in this document, I have some of the standard swatches that come with Illustrator, along with some of the customized ones that I have created. Now before I actually move these into Photoshop, I want to start cleaning this up a little bit. So I am actually going to go ahead, and make sure I have nothing selected right now on my artboard, just click on a blank area. And I will click on let's say this red swatch here and then Shift+Click on this swatch right here, and then delete them.

I am going to choose Yes. I'll then take this group over here, the grays, and kind of drag that to the trash. I'll also get rid of these as well. In fact, in this document, I already have Color Group 1 that I've created that contains all of the swatches that I might want to use for this document. So I am going to actually just take all of these and simply remove them. So that leaves me with just the colors that I want here that I'm using in my web design work. I want to find a way now to take these swatches and to actually bring them into Photoshop. So I am going to come over here to the flyout menu, the Swatches panel, and if I scroll to the bottom, there is an option here that says Save Swatch Library as ASE, which stands for Adobe Swatch Exchange file.

I am going to choose that option, but it directs me automatically to my Swatches panel, which is local for Illustrator, but I want to be able to easily move this around, so I am actually going to save it. I'll save it to my desktop. I am going to go to exercise files and put it in my Chapter 08 Using Photoshop after all, and notice that the file is being saved as home_page.ase, or like I said before, Adobe Swatch Exchange file. So I am going to save that here inside of this folder. Let's click on Save. Now Illustrator is going to let me know that this only works with solid colors, meaning if I had gradients or patterns inside of my Swatches panel, those do not get saved because those aren't compatible between the two different applications, only the solid colors are, but I am going to click OK.

Now I am going to switch over to Photoshop, and if I am inside of this document, for example - or really any Photoshop file for that matter, I can open up my Swatches panel here, go to the flyout menu of the Swatches panel in Photoshop, and choose Load Swatches. I am going to navigate to Chapter 08 over here, which I was just working on before using Photoshop, and you can see that I can now select the home_page.ase file. When I choose Open, I can see that those colors now that I had created inside of Illustrator are now added to my Swatches panel here inside of Photoshop. Now if you are working the other way around, for example, you're creating some kind of color swatches inside of Photoshop, and now you want to move those colors from Photoshop into Illustrator, you can do that as well.

Simply create your swatches here inside of Photoshop, go to the flyout menu of the Swatches panel and choose Save Swatches for Exchange. Once again, this creates a .ASE file that you can then choose to open up directly inside of Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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