Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Swatches are color styles, part of InDesign: Color.
- As I explained in InDesign Essential Training,…you can use these colors inside the Swatches panel…to assign colors to the fill or stroke…of any object or text.…Now a swatch is a named color,…just a color recipe with a name.…If you're familiar with paragraph styles…or character styles for text, and I hope you are,…you can think of color swatches as being color styles.…Just like a paragraph style has a name, like Heading,…and a definition that can change,…a color swatch has a name and a definition that can change.…
Now, you know how InDesign lets you change the font…of some text without changing its paragraph style,…that's called applying local formatting.…So InDesign also lets you apply…local colors to text or objects,…that is color recipes that have…no name associated with them.…No swatch, just the color.…For example, if I go and select this object…and then go to the color menu and choose a color,…that's assigning a local unnamed color.…
Now, there's technically nothing wrong with using…unnamed colors in InDesign,…
- 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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