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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Create and Export Color Swatches

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How to Create Color Swatches in Adobe Illustrator

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Illustrator in 60 Seconds: Color Swatches

Want to create and export custom Color Swatches but don't know how? Well, follow the steps presented in this little tutorial and you'll be able to master it in no time!

How to Create Color Swatches in Adobe Illustrator

By default, Illustrator comes with a couple of predefined Color Swatches but you can also create your own.

Default Color Swatches in Adobe Illustrator

If your color sources are vector shapes, select the one that you want to use as a swatch and then go to the Swatch panel and click on the New Color Group button. Name your Color Group. Once you click on OK, your Color Group containing the Color Swatches will be added to your panel.

Creating a New Color Group in Adobe Illustrator

If your color sources are scanned or web images, you will need to individually pick each color using the Eyedropper Tool, and then add them to the Swatch panel using the New Swatch button.

Adding Illustrator Color Swatches with the Eyedropper Tool

To export your swatches, first remove all the ones that you don't need. Then go to the Swatch panel's Down-Facing Arrow and click on Save Swatch Library as ASE.

How to Export Your Swatches in Adobe Illustrator

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

Want to learn more about the vast tools and settings in Adobe Illustrator? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds ?!

This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We're aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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