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Creating color swatches

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Creating color swatches

The Swatches panel over here in the dock is the central headquarters for your documents colors. As we saw in an earlier movie, you can use it to apply Fill and Stroke colors to any object or text on your page. But what if you get tired of the colors listed here? What if you want something more? Let's look at how to create a new color swatch for your documents. When you want to create a new color swatch, open the Swatches panel menu in the upper-right corner, and choose New Color Swatch. The first thing you need to decide is what Color Type to choose? Spot should only be used if you're going to be printing on a printing press and you know that your printer is using special PANTONE inks, those are spot inks.

Creating color swatches

The Swatches panel over here in the dock is the central headquarters for your documents colors. As we saw in an earlier movie, you can use it to apply Fill and Stroke colors to any object or text on your page. But what if you get tired of the colors listed here? What if you want something more? Let's look at how to create a new color swatch for your documents. When you want to create a new color swatch, open the Swatches panel menu in the upper-right corner, and choose New Color Swatch. The first thing you need to decide is what Color Type to choose? Spot should only be used if you're going to be printing on a printing press and you know that your printer is using special PANTONE inks, those are spot inks.

If you want to make a spot color, choose Spot, and then choose from the Color mode pop-up menu, one of the Pantone Color Libraries, for example, PANTONE + Solid Coated. In this case however, I'm going to be creating Process Colors. Virtually, every color that you are going to create in InDesign probably will be one of these Process Colors. From here, you can choose a Color mode, either CMYK or RGB typically. If your document is going to be printed, you probably want CMYK. But if it's for mostly on screen viewing, an RGB color swatch is fine.

In this case, I am going to leave it set to CMYK. From here, we can define our color. Right now, we have this bright yellow color. I can change this, maybe add a little bit of cyan. Generally, you don't want to pick colors by just how they look on screen unless you're in a very tightly controlled color managed workflow. For all the rest of us, you really want to look at color swatch books to pick out colors based on how they look on a printed piece if the document is going to be printed. Once you have a color, you need to decide how you're going to name it. By default, it's set to Name with Color Value.

I had turned that off because I like naming my own colors. I am going to call this Happy Green. If you're only making one color, go ahead, and click OK. But if you have more colors to create, go ahead and click Add. That adds it to the Swatches panel, but leaves the dialog box open to make another color. Let's go ahead and pick some other color here. This one I am going to name with a color value and you can see that it takes all the values from my CMYK settings, and puts it in to the name for me. I'll click OK and you can see that it add it as well. Now, a big warning; if any object had been selected on my page when I created those color swatches, the last color I created would have been applied to that color swatch.

That's the reason I recommend every one deselect everything on your page before your create color swatches. Now, let's go ahead and apply those color swatches to objects on our page. In this document, this roux_catalog from the exercise files, this happens to be one big group. So I have to double-click to actually select an object inside that group. I'll select this orange one, and I'll make it green. Then I'll grab this blue one and make it purple. Those are the colors I just created. Now, what happens if I want to edit those colors, if I didn't get that green just right, for example, what do I do? Well, I have two choices; I could double-click on this green, but that would actually not only edit it, but also apply that green to anything I have selected on my page.

So instead of double-clicking, I am going to Right+Click, Ctrl+Click with a one-button mouse, and choose Swatch Options. This really should have been called Edit Color, that's what it is. It lets you edit the color. Now, I am going to come in here and change the color to something else, maybe make it a little bit lighter, and I'll click OK. You can see that not only was this color changed in the Swatches panel, but any object that was filled or stroked with that color is also changed. Okay, what do you do if you want to get these colors into a new document? You have got a couple of choices. One option is to copy some objects that have the colors applied to them.

For example, I'll grab a couple of these objects; the one that has the green, and the one that has the purple. I am going to copy it to the clipboard and then go create my new document. Now, I can paste, and when I paste those objects, the colors come along for the ride. There they are in the Swatches panel. I can delete the colors off the page, I didn't really need those. I just wanted the colors and they stick around in the Swatches panel. There is another way to get colors from one document to another, and that is, in the Swatches panel menu, I can choose Load Swatches.

Load Swatches lets me pull in colors from any InDesign document, or I can also tell it to load colors out of an ASE file, that's the Adobe Swatch Exchange file that I could create out of Photoshop or Illustrator. So the Swatches panel is one way to inspect colors in InDesign. There is another way too, the Colors panel. In the next movie, I'll show you how to do that and why you might or might not want to.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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