N.S.L: WEEK 167 – Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 “Global Swatches”

Global  swatches! Good little workflow feature for your designs in Adobe Illustrator.

Global Swatches in Adobe Illustrator
Global Swatches

I ended up looking into these because I was showing a designer buddy of mine, how to use the color panel.

When he saw the option for global color swatches, he asked me about them and I got sucked into it =D


Global Swatches in Adobe Illustrator
This is what a Global Swatch looks like

They look like normal color swatches, but you’re going to see a little white tag at the bottom of the swatch. Justin Seeley called them “Smart Swatches” and I think that’s the best way to think of them. I don’t see it as the color being global, I see it as the swatch itself being global. If you assign a global swatch to many objects in your document, you can update the color of ALL of the objects at once. All you have to do is go into the swatches panel, double click on the swatch, and update the color. Once you accept the color change to the swatch, ALL of the objects with that swatch assigned to them, will be updated instantly.


Here is a quick look at how to create and assign global  swatches.

I find them useful when I’m working on logo’s or complex illustrations with various shapes spread thought. I come from the t-shirt screen printing world and global color swatches are essential to the workflow.


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