Working with Illustrator’s Color Libraries


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Sep 27, 2006
Illustrator has more options for adding colors to a document than just mixing colors in the Color panel or choosing from the pre-set color buffet in the Swatches panel. There is a host of color libraries waiting for you—if you know where to click. And if you don’t already know, I’ll tell you: at the bottom of the Swatches panel. On the left-hand side is a tiny icon—the Adobe panel icons are getting smaller and smaller, right?—that looks like a couple of books. That’s the secret button to push to gain access to the Swatch Libraries menu. The Swatch Libraries menu (left) and Add Swatches to (CC) Library icons This menu contains several pre-made swatch libraries, where you can choose from collections based on foods, nature, skintones, and even color-matching system books (like Pantone and TRUMATCH). Selecting any of the swatch libraries opens up a free-floating—and document-independent—color library panel. Access the same Swatches Library menu from the bottom of any of the open color libraries. Cycle through each successive library using the arrows at the bottom of the panel to find and pick the colors you need quickly. If you want to use swatches created in an Illustrator file, choose [...]
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