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Importing Colors

There are a number of other ways to add colors to your document besides adding them from a library. While InDesign does not have an Append feature like XPress, it does let you grab colors from other documents: In the New Color Swatch dialog box, you can choose Other Library from the Color Mode popup menu and select another InDesign document or an EPS file from Illustrator 8 or earlier (later versions of Illustrator won’t work because they use a different format). Then, in the dialog box that next appears, select the colors to add as described above.

Of course, when you open a PageMaker or QuarkXPress document the colors are imported automatically. And as in XPress, when you import an EPS file, InDesign adds the graphic’s spot colors (if there are any) to the Swatches palette; InDesign does the same when you place an Illustrator file, even including the named tints and gradients. Copying objects from one InDesign document to another copies the named swatches, too.


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