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Chapter 5. Color and Painting > Building your own custom color

Building your own custom color

This illustration is in the CMYK color mode, which means that you can create your own color from any combination of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.

Choose Select > Deselect.

If the Color palette is not visible, choose Window > Color. From the palette menu, choose CMYK.

Enter this combination in the CMYK text fields: C = 50, M = 0, Y = 100, K = 0.

Choose Create New Swatch from the Swatches palette menu.

Name the color lawn green, and click OK.

You can also Alt+click (Windows) or Option+click (Mac OS) on the New Swatch button in the Swatches palette to open up the New Swatch dialog window.


The Swatches palette stores the colors, gradients, and patterns that have been preloaded into Adobe Illustrator CS2, as well as those you create and save for reuse. New colors added to the Swatches palette are saved with the current file. Opening a new artwork file displays the default set of swatches that comes with the Adobe Illustrator CS2 program. If you want to load a Swatches palette from one saved document into another, choose Open Swatch Library from the Swatches palette menu and select Other palette, then locate the document with the Swatches palette you wish to import.

Click on the rectangle representing grass in the vector city image and click on the Fill box in the Control palette. When the Swatches palette appears, choose your new swatch.

Click on Stroke in the Control palette and choose the None swatch, or choose Window > Swatches, make sure stroke is forward and select the None swatch.



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