InDesignSecrets Podcast 137

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  • Defining, matching, and converting hexadecimal colors in InDesign
  • The 3 things you need to know about CMYK color images in InDesign
  • Liz Castro’s upcoming InDesign to EPUB webinars
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Show Single Plates in Black

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10 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 137

  1. Hi David,

    Yes, you can easily see the Hex values of a color. The Create Hex Swatch dialog picks up the current color when it opens. So just set the fill color in InDesign and open the Create Hex Swatch dialog. You can just copy the hex values from there… :)

  2. You can set Hexadecimal colours in InDesign already – use the Kuler panel.

    And you get the Hex colour from RGB – type in the RGB value into the Kuler Panel

  3. Double clicking the Base Colour indicated in the panel isn’t cumbersome; (sorry I don’t know the wink emoticon code?)

    True it doesn’t add the Hex Name thought – pity that.

    But the hex code you can copy the text by accessing the context menu, single click the swatch name to access the change name and paste.

    Your little plugin/script is very good though and probably a lot easier to use :) (I know the smiley one)

  4. Heh. Love the back and forth.

    Thanks for the “conversion back” tip Harbs!

    BTW for Photoshop, I misspoke … you don’t need to turn on the “Only Web Colors” checkbox (which is named incorrectly, it should say “‘Only the 216 “Web Safe” Colors from Olden Days””).

    In the Photoshop Color Picker, the Hex code for any color you drag to or dial in appears in the field labeled “#” right below the RGB fields.

  5. Geeky note: Sodukus are already in hexadecimal! A standard game only use the first 9 digits and, therefore, never get to 10 or A. But you guys already knew that. ;-)

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