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8. Working with Color > Creating and applying colors

Creating and applying colors

For maximum design flexibility, InDesign provides a variety of methods for creating and applying colors and gradients. The software makes it easy to experiment while helping to ensure proper output. In this section, you will learn a variety of methods for creating and applying colors.


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As you work through the lesson, you can move panels around or change the magnification to the level that works best for you. For more information, see “Changing the magnification of a document” in Lesson 1.


Adding colors to the Swatches panel

You can add color to objects using a combination of panels and tools. The InDesign color workflow revolves around the Swatches panel. Using the Swatches panel to name colors makes it easy to apply, edit, and update colors for objects in a document. Although you can also use the Color panel to apply colors to objects, there is no quick way to update these colors, which are considered unnamed colors. Instead, you’d have to update the unnamed color of each object individually.


  

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