Darg-and-drop only creates pattern swatches

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Hello all,

 

This is probably a super obvious answer, since I'm basically trial-and-error trained, but I learned through various tutorials that an easy way to create a color swatch was to drag an object of the desired color into the swatches panel and drop it there to create a swatch. 

 

Fast forward to (how did it go that long without my noticing?!) weeks later and I realize that all the swatches I have for a project are pattern swatches, therefore, difficult and inefficient to edit or tweak the actual hue/saturation/etc, and just generally wrong, which annoys me. When I realized this, I also realized that every time I tried to create a new swatch through the panel, it would come up as "new pattern swatch."

 

I started to go through the eyedropper tool and the swatch panel made normal color swatches, so the issue is no longer urgent, but I would like to know for future reference - does drag and drop only create pattern swatches, is there something wrong with my document settings or some other issue? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021
Drag and drop objects filled with a color from the artboard to the Swatches panel creates a Pattern swatch. Drag and drop from the Fill or Stroke in the Tools or Color panel to the Swatches panel creates a Color swatch.

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Drag and drop objects filled with a color from the artboard to the Swatches panel creates a Pattern swatch.

Drag and drop from the Fill or Stroke in the Tools or Color panel to the Swatches panel creates a Color swatch.

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Well I'm glad I put in the disclaimer about being an idiot. Thanks!

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Glad to hear that helped,

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