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Chapter 10. Color > InDesign’s Color Controls

InDesign’s Color Controls

InDesign’s controls for working with color are found in several palettes and menus. The most important palettes are the Toolbox, because it contains the Fill selector and the Stroke selector, and the Swatches palette, because it contains tools for defining, editing, and applying swatches (which can be colors, gradients, or tints) to objects.

You can also use the Color palette and the Gradient palette to create and apply unnamed colors and gradients—but, as we’ve noted earlier, you’ll be better off if you use named color swatches. If you apply a color to an object using the Color palette, there is no swatch associated with it—it’s an unnamed color. Unnamed colors are a nightmare for service bureaus and printers because it’s hard for them to figure out what colors you used if they need to troubleshoot your file. They can also be a nightmare for you if you ever need to go back to change a color. Given that everything you can do using the Color palette can be accomplished using the Swatches palette, we recommend just leaving the Color palette closed.


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