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HOW DO ACCESS THE PANTONE SWATCH BOOKS IN INDESIGN

New Here ,
Feb 03, 2018 Feb 03, 2018

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I CAN'T FIND THE PANTONE BOOKS IN THE LATEST UPDATE OF INDESIGN.

THEY USED TO BE EASILY ACCESSED.

NOW I CAN'T FIND THEM AT ALL.

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Community Expert , Feb 03, 2018 Feb 03, 2018

Hi Martin:

Did you open Window > Swatches > Swatches Panel menu > New Color Swatch, then choose a Pantone book from the Color Mode menu?

~Barb

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Explorer ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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Thank you, that was so helpful! Seems like an overly obscure place for Adobe to tuck this imporant feature. Thanks again.

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New Here ,
Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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Pantone Bridge is no longer available in Adobe and I'm struggling to find an easy (and inexpensive way) to get it back. We use the Pantone Bridge book for our colour matching, and now the digital version is no longer available via Adobe we feel a bit left in the dark. Any advice?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2022 Oct 19, 2022

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I realize this is old, but why would you want to load the entire Pantone library into your InDesign document? ... because that is what you're doing when you load all swatches -- it loads every single Pantone swatch into that one document only. I suspect you're not using every single one of them in your document. You don't want to include unnecessary swatches in your InDesign document. Load the swatches you need for that particular document.

 

All of the swatches are available at any time -- the entire library (well, up to a point; there are some swatches that are not available, but are part of Pantone Connect) -- the way that @Barb Binder@Steve Werner and others have described. They're already "loaded" into the program -- you just have to pick the one(s) you want for the current document. Loading all Pantone swatches into your document swatches palette is overkill and bloating.

 

Like I said, all of the swatches are already there -- the window just looks different, like @Steve Werner was saying. What you're describing in Illustrator is not the document swatches palette, it is the Color Book palette, which is separate. You don't load the entire Pantone library into your Illustrator palette either -- you view the full list in the Color Book palette and then you add the one(s) you want to your document swatches from there. Likewise, in InDesign, you go to the Swatches panel, select "New Color Swatch..." and then you select "PANTONE+ Solid Coated" or whichever... which then shows you the entire list of available Pantone colors, and you select the one(s) you want, just like Illustrator's Color Book palette, but with a different look/feel.

 

Why in the world you would try to add the entire Pantone library to a single InDesign document is beyond me.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 19, 2022 Oct 19, 2022

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Hi @Brian5FE7 , Adobe is going to stop installing Pantone .acb files in future updates—   @erep638900 should be able to manually load old .acb files from earlier versions, but it will not happen automatically.

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Dec 09, 2022 Dec 09, 2022

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Oh, yes, I'm aware. Just scratching my brain over why the OP would want to load the entire Pantone library into their InDesign document swatch palette. Mind-boggling.

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