Can you import Illustrator Pantone Swatches into Indesign?

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Mar 30, 2021 Mar 30, 2021

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I created some Pantone swatches in Illustrator and am now making a document in Indesign with the same colors. How can I import the illustrator color swatches into indesign? Whenever I just copy and paste shapes filled with color it converts them to CMYK. I need to create a sharable swatch of palettes to distrube amongst a few people.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 30, 2021 Mar 30, 2021
In Illustrator, save the swatches as ase format: In InDesign, load the swatches

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In Illustrator, save the swatches as ase format:

Capture d’écran 2021-03-30 à 19.12.59.jpg

In InDesign, load the swatches

Capture d’écran 2021-03-30 à 19.13.59.jpg

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if you want those swatches available in all of your adobe apps, consider using a CC library .

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Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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Hi Jonathan,

I don't think that exchanging PANTONE spot color swatches between Illustrator and InDesign or InDesign and Illustrator with CC Libraries is a good idea. You will lose some valid properties. The lab values. At least some of my tests are showing this.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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I have not had issues.

 

I though that was the point of cc libraries, if there are issues that seems like a software issue. 

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Hi olive_and_finch,

I'm curious why you had to create some PANTONE swatches in Illustrator.

Illustrator is able to load InDesign's PANTONE Swatch Libraries *.acb files.

InDesign's *acb files can be found in Presets > Swatch Libraries of the InDesign Application folder.

 

From my German Windows 10 system:

SwatchLibraries-ACB-Files.PNG

 

PANTONE+ Solid Coated.acb loaded in Illustrator:

SwatchLibraries-ACB-Files-LoadedWithIllustrator-2.PNG

 

And added to the Swatches panel in Illustrator:

SwatchLibraries-ACB-Files-LoadedWithIllustrator-4.PNG

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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BTW, the ASE files only support flat colors. (I'm using "flat" as not to confuse it with "solid".)

 

You can get AI gradients into ID by filling some shapes (like rectangles) with the gradients in AI. Copy and paste into ID. The gradents will show up in the Swatches panel (sans their nice AI names). Gradients with transparency don't transfer, and of course, patterns are not supported. 

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