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Spot Swatches changing to Process

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Feb 25, 2020

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Has something changed about Swatch Libraries? I have libraries provided by paint companies and in the past they would stay named spot colors when used in a drawing. Now, using the same libraries, when I use the swatch, it converts to CMYK and loses the name. I can still see the spot swatches in files I worked on a couple months ago, but can't add new colors without it converting.

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That is how it looks when it is a normal CMYK color swatch, you will see the percentages.

If you double click the swatch and check Global you will get what you saw before.

But a spot color is different and looks like this:

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Spot Swatches changing to Process

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Has something changed about Swatch Libraries? I have libraries provided by paint companies and in the past they would stay named spot colors when used in a drawing. Now, using the same libraries, when I use the swatch, it converts to CMYK and loses the name. I can still see the spot swatches in files I worked on a couple months ago, but can't add new colors without it converting.

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Correct answer by Ton Frederiks | Adobe Community Professional

That is how it looks when it is a normal CMYK color swatch, you will see the percentages.

If you double click the swatch and check Global you will get what you saw before.

But a spot color is different and looks like this:

Screenshot 2020-02-26 at 01.27.24.png

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Are you using CClibraries?

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Feb 25, 2020

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Everything is local. One example is a .ase file manually placed in the Illustrator Swatches folder. It's strange that it worked a couple months ago.

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This is a weird behaviour, because I can open ".ase" files without any issue. Please check the video.

Import Spot Colors 

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I cannot reproduce that.

Even if I set in the Swatches Panel menu > Spot Colors... >Use CMYK values from the manufacturer's process books.

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Here's a link to one provided by Benjamin Moore paint, if you have time to test it.

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/-/media/sites/benjaminmoore/files/palettedownloads/ase/en-us/benjaminm...

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I downloaded the ase file.

I can get them into Illustrator and InDesign.

The swatches keep their name, but depending on the document color mode they display as CMYK or RGB.

No spots even tried older AI versions, bu they are all process colors.

 

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Thanks for checking. Maybe I did something different and forgot about it. Here's how the swatch showed when I did it before. (It still looks like this in the file.)Previously placed swatchPreviously placed swatch

 

Here's what it looks like when I try it now. I select the swatch from the library, but it shows as CMYK.

When I try to place it nowWhen I try to place it now

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