How do I import swatches that are saved as an .ai file into InDesign?

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I paid for and downloaded a bundle of really cool swatches, but they are saved as an .ai file and I can't import or use them in InDesign? Is it possible to do this?

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Community Expert , Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

In your AI Swatch Pallet, you have the option to Save Swatch library as ASE.

The ASE file can then be imported into the InDesign Swatch Pallet (Load Swatches).

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Moved to the InDesign Forum from the nontechnical Lounge Forum.

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Open the file in Illustrator, export the swatches as an ASE file, load in InDesign from swatches panel menu (load swatches).

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In your AI Swatch Pallet, you have the option to Save Swatch library as ASE.

The ASE file can then be imported into the InDesign Swatch Pallet (Load Swatches).

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In addition to what have been said before (loading ASE), please note you won't retrieve gradients or patterns, only plain colors.

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Sep 13, 2022 Sep 13, 2022

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Is this still the case today?... TY! 

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also you can save the colors to cc library.

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