Colors are managed through the Gradient and Color Palette located under the Window menu.
Gradient and Color Palette
These two palettes are essential in creating new color application for objects. The color palette on the right allows you to choose from an array of colors to add to your gradient palette. The gradient palette on the left allows you to insert these colors into a color ray, which allows you to create solid colors or a gradient of different colors by inserting colors into the color ray.
Choosing Different Colors
Click on the green arrow at the top left corner of the color palette over the color tab. A list of options will appear: These three options will allow you to choose different shades and grades of colors, LAB, CMYK, and RGB. This list will also allow you to add specific colors to Swatches.
To change a color of the gradient, choose one of the color stops in the gradient palette under the gradient bar. Once you click on one of the color stops, change the color by selecting a different color in the color palette. This will now change your left or right color to your selected color.
You can also change the range of the gradient by moving the diamond above the gradient ray left or right. This will shorten one color while lengthening the other. This is useful for lengthening or shortening gradients as well as evening out multiple shades of color in the gradient bar.
Multiple Color Gradients
To add more colors to a gradient, create a new color stopper by single clicking once directly under the gradient scale. Now click on your color stopper and choose a color in your color palette. To discard a color stopper click and drag the stopper off the gradient scale.
There are two ways to add a color to the swatches. To add a solid gradient to your color swatch choose your color from the color palette, then click the green arrow button and select Add to Swatches. To add multiple color gradients to swatches click on the gradient fill next to the green arrow button. If it does not change the selection automatically, then click on gradient fill in the color palette. Once the color appears in the gradient fill on the colors palette, click the green arrow and select Add to Swatches. You can view your swatches in the tab labeled swatches under the color tab in the color palette.
Importing SHSU Swatches
In the swatches palette select the green arrow, choose load swatches. In T: drive choose folder ‘Press’>’PCtoMac’>’Pantone universal swatches’. Select ‘PC orange Test’ or ‘Mac Orange Test’ depending on the computer. Select Open. Pantone Orange 021 PC is the official SHSU orange.
To rename swatches, in the swatches palette, double click on the color swatch you want to rename, Swatch Options window will appear
Uncheck the box next to Name with Color Value. Under ‘Swatch Name’ a textbox will appear for you to rename the swatch. Click OK. Your new named swatch will be listed in the swatches palette.
To delete a swatch, select the swatch you wish to remove and click the trashcan icon in the bottom right hand corner of the swatch palette.