How to save color swatches in Illustrator

When working in Adobe Illustrator, you will find yourself using the same colors over and over again.

Saving them in the Swatches panel is a good way to keep track of colors (especially brand colors) and work more efficiently.

In this mini tutorial, we will cover the basics of saving a swatch in Illustrator.

Here’s how to do it:

Save a new sample

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create an object with the desired color
  3. With the object selected, open the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches).
  4. From the hamburger menu at the top right of the Samples pane, select New Sample.
  5. Create a name for the new swatch and select whether it is a process color or a spot color*, and select the color mode

Pro Tip: Make sure that the«Global» checkbox is selected when creating a new sample. This will allow you to edit the swatch later if necessary, and all objects using that color will be updated as well.

Editing a color swatch

  1. To edit an existing color swatch, simply double-click on the swatch (in the Swatches Panel), and the Swatch Options panel will open.
  2. Edit settings and click OK
  3. If you are editing a global color swatch, all shapes and text using that color swatch will be updated accordingly.

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