Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing your swatches, part of InDesign: Color.
- I like to think that every designer…has just a little OCD.…A little compulsion to make things right…and so the swatches panel…is a source of constant irritation to me…because it's almost never in the right order.…You know every color swatch you make…is just added to the bottom of the list…so it's not very useful when you've got…20 or 50 or 100 swatches…and you're constantly scrolling up and down this list.…So we need a way to manage all our swatches…and the good news is that InDesign let's us…reorder the swatches anyway we want…and the bad news is…that you pretty much have to do it yourself manually.…
Actually I do know of one free InDesign script…which reorders everything alphabetically.…You can find that at ajarproductions.com if you want it…but I don't usually need them in alphabetical order.…What I really wish is that I could order them…by hue or brightness or I don't know…something clever.…But in the meantime,…until Adobe gives us that feature,…let's look at what we can do.…First take a look inside the swatches panel menu.…
- RGB vs. CMYK
- Spot colors vs. process colors
- Applying colors
- Converting spot colors
- Creating swatches
- Exploring color with the Color Picker, Color Theme tool, and Adobe Color
Skill Level Beginner
InDesign CC 2013 Essential Trainingwith David Blatner9h 30m Beginner
Graphic Design Foundations: Colorwith Mary Jane Begin1h 57m Beginner
1. First Things First: Understanding Color in InDesign
Spot color vs. process color2m 23s
2. Color Techniques
3. Creating Swatches
4. Exploring Color Interactively
Next steps1m 13s
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