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Adobe InDesign CC Digital Classroom by Christopher Smith, AGI Creative Team

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Lesson 7: Designing with Color

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Using color for text, frames, and paths is a basic task in InDesign. The more ways you know how to apply, change, and control color, the faster you can work. Color choices are not limited to picking from the small selection that appears in the Swatches panel. You can create your own colors, gradients, and tints, as well as choose from a number of swatch libraries, such as Pantone colors, that are supplied for you within InDesign.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Applying color to fills and strokes
  • Creating swatches
  • Using and saving spot colors
  • Creating a tint reduction
  • Updating and editing colors
  • Creating, applying, and modifying gradients

Starting up

Before starting, make sure that your tools and panels are consistent by resetting your preferences. See “Resetting the InDesign workspace and preferences” in the Starting up section of this book.

You will work with several files from the id07lessons folder in this lesson. Make sure that you have copied the idlessons folder onto your hard drive from www.digitalclassroombooks.com/epub/indesigncc. See “Loading lesson files” in the Starting up section of this book. This lesson may be easier to follow if the id07lessons folder is on your desktop.

The project

To explore InDesign’s color controls, you will add color to a fictional ad for FiFi’s Face Cream. You’ll use multiple types of colors, ...

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