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Chapter 12. Understanding and Applying Color > Using the Swatches Palette

Using the Swatches Palette

As the Color palette is the backbone of Illustrator's color, the Swatches palette is the express lane. The great advantage to using the Swatches palette is the ability to store colors, gradients, and patterns with your document. (Gradients are discussed in Chapter 15, “The Gradient and Gradient Mesh Tools,” and patterns are discussed in Chapter 13, “Applying and Defining Patterns.”) By default, Illustrator shows the Swatches palette grouped with the Brushes and Styles palettes. It can, of course, be moved or docked with other palettes for your convenience. It is shown alone in Figure 12.17.

Figure 12.17. The first two swatches visible in the palette represent None (no fill) and Registration, which causes an object to be printed on each separation of a CMYK image.



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