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How to Name Swatches (And Why You Should)

As mentioned in the previous tip, when you create a new color swatch, by default it’s named using the build of the color (i.e., C=39, M=0, Y=87, K=0). Unless you’re a prepress operator, it’s not the most descriptive name. To rename it with a “human” name (like “Olive Green” or “Frank”), go to the Swatches palette and double-click directly on the swatch. That’ll bring up the Swatch Options dialog. The Swatch Name field is not accessible until you turn off the Name with Color Value checkbox. Then a field appears where you can name the swatch. Besides sheer ease of use, if you’re using spot color on a printing press, there’s another reason to rename your swatches—so the pressman can figure out which colors to put on press, because spot colors aren’t color builds like process colors.

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