In This Chapter
Discovering color modes
Finding out about swatches
Using color for print
Using color on the Web
Using color in documents is one of the most important considerations in creating your projects. The colors you use, the mode you use them in, and even the way you select colors make a difference in the way you create a document and the final output of that document. Even though you can create a document that looks the same on a monitor in different color modes, how that file prints on paper is a different matter. Color is quite a broad subject, and in this chapter you find out the basic facts about how color affects the projects you work on.
Figuring out the kinds of colors you're using is important, and this decision is greatly determined by the kind of output you've planned for the document. Different color modes are appropriate for work for the Web and work you're having professionally printed. Monitors and printers have different modes for color, so you need to work with your files in different color modes (although you can change the mode after you start working on a file, if necessary).
You may also be in situations where particular colors are required in your work. You may be working with specific colors that a company needs in order to match its logo or creating an image that replicates how a building should be painted with specific colors of paint. You may need to use particular Pantone colors or color mixes — if not for the printing process, then ...