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The Colour Palette in InDesign CS

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Colour Modes, Fill and Stroke Colours
InDesign Colour Palettes

InDesign Colour Palette in CMYK (top) and RGB (bottom) modes

Images by E. Bruno
The illustration shows the colour palette in two different colour modes. On top is the palette in CMYK mode and the second one shows you the palette in RGB mode. You can choose which mode to use from the Colour palette's menu (which pops up when you click on the arrow on the top right of the palette, remember?). InDesign allows you to choose a third colour mode, but it is rarely needed and I won't take it up in this course. So ignore it for now.

The way you determine a colour is by either typing percentages on the left of the sliders, or by dragging the sliders with your mouse. Like for the Tools palette, you have your fill colour and your stroke colour which can be applied to objects and/or to text. You will notice that when you change a colour that way, also the colour swatches in your Tools palette will change. So you now have different ways to apply colours to your objects.

  • If you did not select any object and you change your colours in the Colour palette, then any object you will draw from that point on will have that colour.

  • To the contrary if an object was selected and then you changed your colours in your Colour palette, then the colour you made will be applied to that object only.

  • If there was an object in your layout already and you made up a colour without selecting the object, you can still apply your new colour to that object. Just select the object now, and click on on your new colour either on your Colour palette or on your Tools palette.
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