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Color Panel Tips


To easily switch between the RGB, CMYK, and Lab color modes in the Color panel, just Shift-click on the color ramp at the bottom of the panel. Holding down the Option/Alt key while clicking in the color ramp will affect the fill color if the stroke icon is at the front, and vice-versa.

Also, if the color you created is out of gamut, you’ll see an alert next to a small color box above the ramp.

InDesign color panel tips out of gamut

Click the alert icon to shift your new color to its nearest in-gamut neighbor.

InDesign color panel tips in gamut

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other production-related topics. With over 25 years experience in the graphics industry, she is a regular contributor to After living as a nomad, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets.
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