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The Swatches panel is not complicated, but getting a good grasp on how it works early on is of enormous value as so many projects work within a given color scheme. Being able to manage those colors and access them quickly is a real time saver.
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Getting used to the Swatches Panel.
When to use
The Swatches Panel is not complicated, but getting a good grasp on how it works early on is of enormous value, as so many projects work within a given color scheme. Being able to manage those colors and access them quickly is a real time saver.
Finding the panel
- Usually on the right hand side, on the top.
- If it is not there, go to the Window dropdown menu and select ‘Swatches’
Setting colors from the swatches
- Foreground color: click on the color that you want
- Background color: Hold Command or Control and click on the swatch
Quick delete a swatch color
- Hold down ALT or Option and click on the swatch
- Drag a swatch to the bin at the bottom of the panel
Creating a new swatch
- Click on the create new swatch icon (next to the bin in the panel)
- Holding down ALT or Option will allow you to bypass naming it
Double clicking on a swatch color will give you the color properties (RGB values, for example).
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