The Color panel (Window > Color) displays the color values for the current foreground and background colors. Using the sliders in the Color panel, you can edit the foreground and background colors using different color models. You can also choose a foreground or background color from the spectrum of colors displayed in the color ramp at the bottom of the panel.
A. Foreground color B. Background color C. Slider D. Color ramp
An exclamation point inside a triangle appears above the left side of the color ramp when you choose a color that cannot be printed using CMYK inks.
A square appears above the left side of the color ramp when you choose a color that is not web-safe.
Drag the color sliders. By default, the slider colors change as you drag. You can turn off this feature to improve performance by deselecting Dynamic Color Sliders in the General section of the Preferences dialog box.
Enter values next to the color sliders.
Click the color selection box, choose a color using the Color Picker, and click OK.
Position the pointer over the color ramp (the pointer becomes the eyedropper), and click to sample a color. Alt-click to apply the sample to the non-active color selection box.
The Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) stores colors that you use often. You can add or delete colors from the panel or display different libraries of colors for different projects.
- To choose a foreground color, click a color in the Swatches panel.
- To choose a background color, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) a color in the Swatches panel.
Change how swatches are displayed by choosing an option from the Swatches panel menu.