Adobe InDesign CC
Adobe InDesign provides a number of tools for applying color, including the Toolbox, the Swatches panel, the Color panel, the Color Picker, and the Control panel.
When you apply a color, you can specify whether the color applies to the stroke or fill of an object. The stroke is the border, or frame, of an object, and the fill is the background of an object. When you apply a color to a text frame, you can specify whether the color change affects the text frame or the text inside the frame.
- For a grayscale or monochrome (1‑bit) image, click the Content Grabber or use the Direct Selection tool. You can apply only two colors to a grayscale or monochrome image.
- For text characters, use the Type tool to change the text color of a single word or the entire text within a frame.
To change the color of gaps in a dashed, dotted, or striped stroke, use the Stroke panel.
- In the Toolbox or in the Color or Swatches panel, select the Fill box or the Stroke box to specify the fill or stroke of the object. (If you selected an image, the Stroke box has no effect.)
Specify how color is applied in the Toolbox
A. Fill box B. Formatting Affects Container C. Stroke box D. Formatting Affects Text
You can apply color to any grayscale image, provided it does not contain alpha or spot channels. If you imported an image with a clipping path, select the clipping path using the Direct Selection tool to apply color to the clipped area only.
Select a color with the Color Picker
The Color Picker lets you choose colors from a color field or specify colors numerically. You can define colors using the RGB, Lab, or CMYK color model.
Apply the last used color
The Toolbox displays the last color or gradient you applied. You can apply this color or gradient directly from the Toolbox.
Remove fill or stroke color
Applying colors by dragging and dropping
An easy way to apply colors or gradients is to drag them from a color source to an object or panel. Dragging and dropping lets you apply colors or gradients to objects without first selecting the objects. You can drag the following:
The Fill or Stroke box in the Toolbox or a panel.
The Gradient box in the Gradient panel.
Swatches from the Swatches panel.
The last-used, in-gamut color swatch located next to the out-of-gamut icon in a panel.
You can drop colors or gradients on the following objects and panels:
The fill or stroke of a path. To drop color on a fill or stroke, position the center of the drag icon precisely over the path’s fill or stroke while you drag a color, and then release the mouse button.
The Swatches panel.
If you drag one or more Swatches panel swatches, or the color swatch next to an out‑of‑gamut icon, you can drop them into another InDesign document window, which adds the swatches to that document’s Swatches panel.
Apply a color or gradient swatch
You can set the default fill or stroke colors the same way you set other InDesign defaults. Choose Edit > Deselect All to make sure that no objects are selected, and then choose a color.
Apply color using the Color panel
Although the Swatches panel is the recommended panel for working with colors, you can also mix colors by using the Color panel; you may be familiar with it if you use other Adobe products, such as Adobe Illustrator.
You can add the current Color panel color to the Swatches panel at any time. The Color panel is most useful for mixing unnamed colors.
If you select an object that currently uses a named swatch, editing its color using the Color panel will change the color of that object only. If you want to edit the color throughout the document, double-click its swatch in the Swatches panel.
Create a swatch from a color in the Color panel
Cycle through color modes
Apply colors using the Eyedropper tool
Use the Eyedropper tool to copy fill and stroke attributes, such as color, from any object in an InDesign file, including an imported graphic. By default, the Eyedropper tool loads all available fill and stroke attributes of an object and sets the default fill and stroke attributes of any new objects you draw. You can use the Eyedropper Options dialog box to change the attributes the Eyedropper tool copies. You can also use the Eyedropper tool to copy type and transparency attributes.
If an attribute is not listed in the Eyedropper Options dialog box, it can’t be copied with the Eyedropper tool.
To pick up only the fill or stroke color of an object and no other attributes, Shift-click the object with the Eyedropper tool. When you apply the color to another object, only the fill or stroke color is applied, depending on whether the stroke or fill is on top in the toolbar.
Apply colors to grayscale images
You can add color to a placed grayscale image in InDesign.
Make sure the image is saved as a grayscale or bitmap image and that it’s saved in PSD, TIFF, BMP, or JPG format.
In Photoshop, you can choose Image > Mode > Bitmap or Image > Mode > Grayscale.
Click the Content Grabber, or use the Direct Selection tool to select the image.
Select a color from the Swatches panel or Color panel.
If the image is in PSD format, it may contain multiple layers, but the bottom layer must be opaque. You cannot apply color to a PSD image with a transparent background in InDesign. In addition, the grayscale image cannot contain alpha or spot channels.