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Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 8 of 10

Create and Apply Color Swatches


Intro to Adobe InDesign

Lesson 8 of 10

Create and Apply Color Swatches


Lesson Info

Create and Apply Color Swatches

applying color in in design is really quite simple. We have our swatch panel. I'm gonna go under my window menu, gonna call up my color panel and then swatches. Now, we have worked a lot with color already here just by applying shapes and color. Any time that I have a shape I can go in and then go right to my appearance panel and I can click on my filler stroke. And this Swatch panel is the same as my free floating one. The reason why I brought up my Swatch panel here is so I don't have to keep clicking and dragging this out. But in the swatches panel here, I have the ability to go in and choose for my swatches from my color picker or create from my grade. Ian's here. If I go through and I do my swatches and I'm going to actually use my original Swatch panel here, here's how I go in and create a swatch Swatch panel. A click on the cheese grater and I create a new color Swatch can do in the properties panel. Yes, click on that cheese grater. New colors watch when I create a new color sw...

atch here. I'm gonna do this in the swatches panel in just a little bit more Used to doing it this way and keeping the swatches panel up by clicking the cheese grater, I create a new color swatch. When I call this out, I have my sliders that I could go. We end and they can slide all around to get the colors that I want. I click add if I'd like to create more colors to keep at it, doing my sliders. Gonna keep changing the colors and I keep clicking. Add every time I click add then done. It adds all these colors to my swatch panel to go ahead and create super easy way to create colors. Now, if I go over here to you see, those colors are in their cause. This watch panel is the same as this one here. Now, I'm just gonna go win, and I'm going to just do a few little shapes here with the colors that I've used. So it draw that shape and I add those colors to it on a draw. Another shape on can create those colors as well and go into my stroke here and say, Okay, I want no stroke on that. Awesome. Now, nice things about colors here, and I can do this in my swatch panel. I can do it right here in my appearance panel. This is just slightly easier. I have a color and whatever color I've used right here I like, but I want a lighter version. I content my colors in this watch panel, and I could just make a lighter version of that color. Great. Now what happens if I use this color in multiple locations? I have it on type. I have it in my panel here. I've gone in and I filled a container with type. And I've also made that type that color and all of its that color right there. And then the client comes back and says, Oh, you know what? I don't like that color, and I've used it everywhere. I've used it as a tent I've use. It is Phil's here. When I edit that color, it's a simple is this? I go into my collar panel. I double click on that color that I'd like to add it right there. When I edit this color and I change this color, I can click in the preview button. It's going to change it everywhere that I've used it, and it's gonna remember whether it's a fill or stroke. And it's going to even remember that tent value that I put on there. So it makes it so incredibly easy to add colors and edit colors and in design. If you edit the color wherever it was used, it remembers, and it changes that color right there, which is super super, super cool. One thing when I create a new color swatch and I'm going to be using other adobe applications, I'd like to use these colors, watches and other applications. If I click to the add to my Creative Cloud library, this will put my color swatch in a library. When I opened up a library, which is available in all the adobe applications, this color that I've created in decide will be available to me and those other applications, so that could be really cool. And I could go to my libraries because here's my libraries panel right here. Creative cloud libraries. You can see I added colors before. I also added artwork and stuff right there. If I want to add something to my library for use to send another in design document. I can take anything and dragged out right into my library. Right here. There it iss. If I open up another in design file, I can drag it right from here. Right in there. Same thing. No more copy paste. Remember where it was? So that's what I can do with libraries. Colors. Super easy to deal with the Swatch panel right there. And it's also available on your properties panel here as well or window color on and get your free floating. Let's watch panel right there. Awesome.

Class Description


  • Navigate the InDesign CC Workspace
  • Create a new document from scratch
  • Create, Add and Edit Text
  • Place images and graphics into your page
  • Apply Color Swatches
  • Add and manipulate pages
  • Save a packaged pdf of your document


Adobe® InDesign® is the go-to software for making layouts that combine images and text. In this beginner’s guide to InDesign basics, Jason walks through the most efficient and simple ways to start and create well-designed layouts for your publishing needs.

Armed with step-by-step video tutorials, you’ll learn how to navigate the InDesign workspace, work with text, add images and play with color. Jason will show you how to build layouts that work and where to save them for your publishing or printing needs.

In Intro to Adobe InDesign, get a quick start to creating eye-catching and professional layouts with ease, whether for mobile apps, print, or digital publishing.


This class is designed for beginners; no prior Adobe InDesign experience is required.


Adobe InDesign CC 2019


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 17 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. Active in high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception, he’s also taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in various settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. A founding Instructor at Creative Live, he currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College.

You can find Jason’s website and blog with Adobe Illustrator tutorials at jasonhoppe.com.


  1. Class Introduction

    Jason orients you to the InDesign interface in this lesson. Learn the essential components of the interface, how to use the properties panel, how to nest panels to work efficiently, navigate pages, access preset workspaces, and save your own custom workspace for future use.

  2. Zooming and Navigation

    Efficient navigation will allow you to hone your InDesign skills: Jason advises on how to best use the zoom tool and teaches you helpful shortcuts in this lesson.

  3. Creating a New Document

    All InDesign projects start with a new document; see the options and presets you have for print, web, or mobile purposes.

  4. Choosing Fonts and Editing Text

    Choosing and manipulating type is the heart of InDesign and essential to any page layout. Jason demonstrates how to choose type, select text, format text, and use the text wrap feature. Learn how to use shortcuts to navigate with ease and efficiency, and increase your type know-how with an overview of formatting type size, lettering, kerning, and tracking. Jason shares valuable advice regarding how and when to format text.

  5. Text Container Options

    How do you create a clean and sharp magazine layout? Effective page design begins with text frames. In this lesson, learn how to create and format text containers, wrap text, add columns, adjust inset spacing, and manage text overflow and text flow. Jason models the power of the text container and shares key shortcuts that will speed up your workflow.

  6. Drawing Lines and Properties Panel

    InDesign may not be the graphic designer’s choice for drawing as it is layout-centered and other Adobe applications offer more drawing options, however, some projects may require simple graphics work within the application. Jason gives you quick tips on how to use the line, pen, and pencil tools, draw lines, and edit strokes.

  7. Transform Containers

    In this lesson, Jason models how to rotate, resize, duplicate, change, and group shapes to create your desired layout. He demonstrates how to use the direct selection tool and how to make edits to an isolated object without ungrouping it other containers.

  8. Create and Apply Color Swatches

    How do you create a library of preferred colors to access across the creative cloud? Jason shows you how to work efficiently with color swatches: using the color swatch panel, creating new colors, and applying and editing colors. Learn how to edit all instances of a specific color in one step.

  9. Working With Images and Artwork

    How do images integrate into an InDesign document? Jason explains the difference between image previewing vs. the original file, and how to avoid and manage missing and broken links. How can you quickly edit an image in Photoshop through InDesign? How can you import text quickly from a Microsoft Word document? Jason gives you tips on how to integrate text and images seamlessly.

  10. Managing Pages and Saving Files

    In this final lesson, learn how to navigate pages using the pages panel and make formats like adjusting page size. Jason explains the different file formats available to you, exporting file formats, and very valuable - packaging your file for editing and publishing purposes.


- Emma -

Love this class! Very well explained, easy and clear instructions. The instructor is cool, knowledgable and fun. Very engaging. Highly recommend to those new to InDesign!

a Creativelive Student

Such a great class to get up and running with InDesign quickly. Straightforward, to the point, easy to follow and understand. Class materials also great reference.