How to Define Color Swatches in Adobe InDesign

There are various kinds of color swatches that can be created in Adobe InDesign; process color, spot color, mixed ink, tint, and gradient. In this example we'll create a process color swatch.

  1. To open the Swatches Panel, go to the Window menu, then to Color, and select Swatches.
    Swatches Panel in Window Menu

  2. Click the Swatches Panel menu and select New Color Swatch.
    Swatches Panel Menu

  3. To give the swatch a significant name, uncheck Name with Color Value, then enter a name in the field above. Use the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black sliders to define the color. To continue creating more swatches, click the Add button. Otherwise, click OK to close the dialog box.
    New Color Swatch Dialog Box
Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her classes. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, to produce a fully developed and cohesive brand identity.

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