Sharing Custom Swatches in Adobe CS2 Applications

If you spend much time working in the Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications, at some point youill probably want to use a standardized set of colors between the programs. Since Adobe makes it pretty easy to exchange information between InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and GoLive, it only takes a few steps to create a shared set of color swatches.

To share your colors, youill need to create an Adobe Swatch Exchange file. Hereis how to do it from InDesign:

  • Command-click the colors you want to share in the Swatches palette.
  • Choose Save Swatches for Exchange from the Swatches palette menu.
  • Give your file a descriptive name, and then click the Save button.

Saving your custom swatches.

To load an Adobe Swatch Exchange file, do this:

  • Choose Load Swatches from the Swatches palette menu.
  • Navigate to your Swatch file, select it, and then click the Open button.

Use the Swatches menu to add your colors to other documents.

This procedure works the same in Illustrator and GoLive, too. If you are creating an Adobe Swatch Exchange file in Photoshop, however, you need to delete any colors you donit want to share before saving your Exchange file.

You can also share your Adobe Swatch Exchange files with other Creative Suite 2 users. This is an easy way to make sure that everyone that is working on similar projects uses a standardized set of colors.

Adobe Swatch Exchange files can be shared with other CS2 users.

[This Quick Tip was adapted from the Digital Dimensions training series.]

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