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On your own

Follow these steps to learn more about importing colors and working with gradients.

1.
To create a new document, choose File > New > Document, and then click OK in the New Document dialog box.

2.
To import the colors from a different InDesign document, use the following procedure:

  • Use the Swatches palette menu and choose New Color Swatch.

  • In the Color Mode pop-up menu, select Other Library and browse to find the ID_04 folder.

  • Double-click 04_Color.indd (or 04_b.indd). Notice that the colors you created earlier in this lesson appear in this dialog box list for the new document.

  • Select the Green/Gold Gradient and click OK to close the dialog box and add the color to the Swatches palette.

  • Repeat this entire process a few more times to add other colors to the Swatches palette.

3.
Use the ellipse tool () to draw a shape. Apply the Green/Gold Gradient to the shape's fill.

4.
Double-click Green/Gold Gradient in the Swatches palette to change it. Drag the diamond-shaped slider above the gradient ramp to the right so that the gradient is mostly green, and click OK. Notice that the gradient in the ellipse changes.

5.
Create a new gradient swatch that is radial instead of linear. Apply the new gradient to the fill of a different shape you draw. Use the gradient tool to change the gradient.

6.
When you are done experimenting with colors, close the document without saving it.


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