Illustrator 3.2 [paletton swatches]

“Using to Create Swatches”

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  1. Navigate to
  2. Spend some time working with the color sphere to create a color scheme you find visually appealing. I tend to like “Triad,” or “Tetrad”[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. After you have found colors you like, click on the tables/export button at the bottom and select the ACO Photoshop link in the "Color Swatches" section on the right.
  4. If a dialog box pops up asking if you want to open or save, click save and save your swatches to your flash drive.
  5. You will now need to open Adobe Photoshop.
  6. Navigate to Edit>Presets>Preset Manager and choose "Swatches" from the Preset Type Menu.
  7. Click the Load Button and navigate to the ACO file you saved in step 3.
  8. Select the first color swatch of your new swatches, hold down the shift key, and select the last swatch.  This should select all of your loaded swatches.
  9. Click the gear icon and choose "Save Swatches for Exchange..." from the menu that appears.  This will save a .ase file (which is readable by all Adobe products).
  10. Now, in Illustrator, open the swatches window by clicking on the swatches button on the right toolbar (shown in the red rectangle below) or by navigating to Window > Swatches.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  11. Using the Swatches shortcut menu (shown in the red oval above), select Open Swatch Library > Other Library and navigate to the .ase file you saved from step 9.
  12. You will now see your colors as a series of swatches in a new window.


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