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Chapter 14. The Slippery Science of Color > Finding Your Colors in Illustrator

Finding Your Colors in Illustrator

You define all new process colors in the Color palette by adjusting the different slider bars. Depending on which color model you are using (all of which are accessed through the Color palette's pop-up menu), the slider bars will vary the CMYK, RGB, or HSB amounts. You can define spot colors or import them from third-party swatch libraries.

  • Once you've created colors in the Color palette, you can either use the color right away or save it for later. If you want to save a color so that you can use it over and over again, choose the New Swatch command from the Swatches palette's pop-up menu or simply drag the color, from the Color palette or toolbox, onto the Swatches palette. You will then have the option of naming the color as well as deciding whether you wish to convert it to a spot color.

  • You can also use one of the predefined colors in the Swatches palette. Or you can load entire libraries of spot colors from the Window » Swatch Libraries submenu.


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