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Saving Your Color Palettes
Saving your colors in the document.
When to use
When you are ready to import your color selections into Adobe Illustrator as swatches.
- Navigate to the folder where you have saved all of your images, screenshots, and photos
- Select any of the images where you have sampled colors or any screenshots showing the colors you want to use
- Drag all of the selected images to Illustrator so that they open in individual tabs
- Select one of the images and press Command/Ctrl + X to cut it, and then press Command/Ctrl + W to close the tab and choose 'Don't Save'
- When that window closes and the next one opens, you should see your next color image
- Press Command/Ctrl + F to paste your previous color reference image into this document
- Press Command/Ctrl + A to Select All so that you will have your previous image selected along with all of the other images in the document
- Press Command/Ctrl + X to cut all of the selected images
- Press Command/Ctrl + W to close this document and once again choose 'Don't Save'
- Continue this process until you have all of your color screenshots or images in one document
- Spread the images or screenshots out so that you can see them all in the workspace, then grab the Rectangle Tool (R)
- Hold down the Shift key and create a square off to the side or somewhere easy for you to see
- Open the Swatches Panel from the right side of the interface or by going to the Window Menu and choosing 'Swatches' from the list
- Select your square shape with the Selection Tool (V) and then switch to the Eyedropper Tool (I)
- While your square is still selected, use the Eyedropper Tool to sample your first color
- Once you see the color fill in the toolbar, click on the fill color and drag and drop it into your Swatches Panel
- Continue this process for a few more colors, until you have your first 4-6 colors in the Swatches Panel
- Select the first color in the Swatches Panel, and then hold down the Shift Key and select the last color you saved so that all of the colors are selected together
- Click on the Group Folder icon at the bottom of the Layers Palette and save your swatches as Custom Palette 1and press OK
- Sample your next group of colors and then place them into a second Color Group named 'Custom Palette 2'
- Repeat the process of sampling colors and putting them into Color Groups
- Once you have finished, click on the hamburger menu at the top right corner of the Swatches Panel to reveal the dropdown menu
- From the menu, choose 'Save Swatch Library as ASE...' from the list
- Give your color swatches a name and then save them in the program application folder under Swatches
- Once you have saved your swatches you can open the Illustrator file with your logo design and then open the Swatches Panel
- Click on the hamburger menu in the top right of the Swatches Panel again, and this time choose Open Swatch Library > User Defined and you should see your Swatches listed here
- Open your custom swatches
Hints & tips
- Cutting and pasting each of the images is helpful so that we can have all of our color reference in one single file
- Saving custom swatches can also be helpful if you wanted to ensure that others are using the correct brand colors when working with your logo
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