Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharing color swatches, part of InDesign Insider Training: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator.
- When you're on a production deadline…you're often using InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator…sometimes switching back and forth every few minutes…and it's critical that artwork match up exactly,…especially when it comes to color.…That is if you're using this particular orange…here in InDesign…you want to make sure you're using the same orange…in Photoshop and Illustrator.…Otherwise, sooner or later your client or your boss…is going to notice.…Fortunately it's really easy to share colors…among all three programs.…
Now one of the simplest ways to share a color…is simply to copy and paste an object…with that color applied to it.…For example, I like this orange,…so I'm going to grab the Frame Tool,…draw a frame out on my paste board,…and then fill it with that orange.…This is just a CMYK color by the way.…You can see that it's 63% magenta…and 96% yellow.…Of course, I could have used an object…already in my document, like one of those triangles,…but I find it's just more reliable to make these little…dummy frames to copy the colors.…
Here David Blatner, cohost of InDesign Secrets.com, goes over placing images from Illustrator and Photoshop, copying and pasting InDesign artwork, managing color and transparency, and dealing with linked images, vectors, layers, and more. By the end of the course, you should be able to move seamlessly between the three tools, getting the results you want and without losing formatting, sharpness, or quality.
- Placing Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in InDesign
- Copying InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator
- Sharing color swatches
- Managing transparency in linked artwork
- Keeping Photoshop text and vectors sharp
- Converting images to CMYK