Last-minute color change? No problem when you use global color swatches. Experiment freely with colors and see the changes ripple through your design — even across multiple artboards — in Adobe Illustrator.
Yellow, gray, brown, and white business cards and promotional material for 205 Coffee Roasters company

Open our practice file or use your own. First, you’ll create a new color swatch that can be edited infinitely. In the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches), click the New Swatch icon. Pick any color and give your color swatch a name so you can easily identify it later. You’ll notice “Global” is automatically selected.

Your new global color is added to the Swatches panel. (You can identify a global swatch by the triangle in its lower corner.) Apply this color to your logo, text, and other objects on any artboard.

The zero in 205 Coffee Roasters logo is replaced by a black and white coffee cup. Swatches panel shows a light gray hue.

When a global color is changed, all objects with this color update instantly — making it ideal for design exploration. Try it for yourself. Make sure nothing is selected on your canvas. Then double-click a global color swatch and change any attribute. Select Preview to see the changes live in your artwork.

Swatches panel shows 205 Coffee Roasters promotional material colors. Global color changes affect all instances of a color.

We experimented with a few colors to find one that sets our logo apart.

Four instances of 205 Coffee Roasters logo with pink, teal, green, and light gray coffee cups in the center.

Designing is so much simpler when you start with a global color swatch and use other timesaving features. The next time you — or your clients — make a late color change, you can restyle your logo in minutes instead of adjusting individual elements throughout your design.

07/15/2021

Adobe Stock contributor: Patrick

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