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    Posted on 23rd June 2018 by Greta Powell

    InDesign Colour Theme Tool 

    Welcome to the wonderful little tool known as the InDesign Colour Theme Tool which was introduced to the software in version 2014. It’s absolutely perfect for setting a matching theme throughout the layout and the colours can be added both to Swatches and the Library. Which means, of course the themes can then be shared across to both Illustrator and Photoshop (oh and Premier Pro – Premier Pro also includes the Creative Cloud Library).


    Another cool thing about the Colour Theme Tool is this handy little tip.


    Quick Tip!

    Once you have sampled colour from the image and the colours are inside the panel you then either click Add to Swatches or Add to Library to add the theme. But did you know that if you hold down Q whilst sampling InDesign will set up a colour group of five colours in it automatically. As quick as bish bosh!



    So what is the Colour Theme Tool?

    Just imagine being able to pull co-ordinating colour from an image and match it to layouts in InDesign, well with Colour Themes you can just that. It lets you create beautiful panels of colour than match your design perfectly. All you need to do is to click either on a photo or drag across an area of photo to sample colour directly from the image. These colours can then be added to either the Swatches panel (group Swatch) or one of your CC Libraries.


    Fancy some shortcuts?

    So before popping over to the video tutorial linked below – here are the Colour Theme’s short-cut keys for anyone into them.

    • Click the image: To use colors from the entire image. You will see a theme based on the image colours appear in a floating panel.
    • Click & Drag: Restricts colors to a specific area of an image
      Make sure to click on the Color Theme tool to reset. 
    • Shift & Click: This lets you focus on a specific colour
    • Alt: Clears your dropper


    We’ll crack on. – Click here to view the full tutorial


    Photo Credit for this beautiful photograph belongs to Matheus Bertelli / Pexels Website


    Create a unified colour theme as demonstrated by Adobe


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    InDesign Colour Theme Tool on the Introduction to InDesign Training Course



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