Tip of the Week: Swatches Panel Makeover
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Now that we’re two weeks into 2016, it’s safe to say that most of us have abandoned any New Year’s resolutions we made. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make small changes to get things done faster/easier/better in InDesign. Here’s an idea: make 2016 the year you finally tidy up that Swatches panel. You know what I’m talking about. The one that looks like this:
One thing you can do to clean things up is to merge swatches that are very similar or may have been duplicated by mistake. First, deselect everything in the document. Then click the swatch you want to keep in the Swatches panel. Then Shift-click or Command/Ctrl-click to select the swatches you want to merge. Right-click on them and choose Merge Swatches (you can also choose this command from the panel menu).
That’s it. There is no dialog box or warning, the swatch you select first will replace the other swatches wherever they were used.
Other things you can do to give your Swatches panel a makeover:
- Choose Select All Unused from the panel menu and delete unnecessary swatches
- Use Justin Putney’s Sort Swatches script to arrange your swatches by name
- Create color groups for swatches that share a common theme or purpose
- Use a consistent naming convention for all your swatches