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Chapter 79. Creating Colors > Swatches Palette

Swatches Palette

We recommend that you use the Swatches palette to create and edit your colors. The advantage of creating named colors here is that, as in QuarkXPress, it makes it easier for you or your service provider to globally change the colors in your document later on, should that be necessary.

The Swatches palette in InDesign looks somewhat similar to XPress’s Color palette. If it’s not open, choose the Swatches palette from the Window menu, or press F5 (see Figure 79-1). The palette lists all the colors currently in your document, along with icons indicating the color model and whether the color is spot or process. There are controls for applying color to fills and strokes which we describe in the next chapter. Unlike XPress’ Color palette, you can also save tints and gradients in the Swatches palette (we discuss gradients in Chapter 81).


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