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Lesson 5. Using Points and Paths > Exporting Color Libraries

Exporting Color Libraries

In the section “Adding PANTONE® Colors” earlier in this lesson, you added several colors or tints of colors to your Swatches panel for use in this document. If you want to reuse those colors in other documents, you can export them as a color library and then import the library in the other documents. This saves you time and, more important, ensures that you use the same colors. If you are printing your drawings, it could be an expensive mistake if you inadvertently use two similar, but different, blue colors. For example, suppose you create two drawings for use in a newsletter that will print in two colors: black and blue. For one image, you use PANTONE® Blue, and for the other image, you use PANTONE® Reflex Blue. When you add the two images to your newsletter, the page layout program sees that there are two blue colors plus black. When you output the job to the printer, instead of a two-color job, you now have a three-color job. That extra color can significantly increase the printing cost.

Of course, with only one color, it is not difficult to create that same color in your new document. But when you have several colors, as you do in your cyclist drawing, exporting the colors makes your job easier.


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