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Tip of the Week: How to Instantly Switch a Swatch’s Color Mode

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When creating or editing a swatch, the fastest way to change the color mode is to Shift-click on the square color proxy. This cycles through RGB, CMYK, and LAB modes.


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4 Comments on “Tip of the Week: How to Instantly Switch a Swatch’s Color Mode

    • Yep. It goes along with shift-clicking the color ramp at the bottom of the Color panel to change modes. That’s how I remember it’s there.

  1. Wow, never knew this one! Completely new for me. Still someone can surprise with with ‘unknown hidden feature’s…’ – If I don’t know them I consider them hidden hahaha! ;-)

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