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How to save a color to swatches in Adobe Illustrator

Tim Youngs
Last updated April 20, 2021

Want to save a color to your Swatches panel in Illustrator?

When working within Adobe Illustrator, you'll find yourself using the same colors over and over again.

Saving them to your Swatches panel is a great way to keep track of your colors (especially brand colors!) and work more efficiently.

In this mini tutorial, we will cover the basics of saving a swatch in Illustrator.

Here's how to do it:

Saving a New Swatch

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create a object using the color desired
  3. With the object selected, open the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches)
  4. From the hamburger menu at the top-right of the Swatches panel, choose New Swatch
  5. Create a name for the new swatch and select whether it is a Process Color or Spot Color*, and select color mode

Pro Tip: Make sure the "Global" checkbox is selected when creating a New Swatch. This will allow you to edit the swatch later on if needed, and all objects using that color will update as well!

Editing a Color Swatch

  1. To edit an existing color swatch, simply double-click on the swatch (in the Swatches Panel), and the Swatch Options panel will open
  2. Edit the settings, and click OK
  3. If you are editing a Global color swatch, all shapes and text using that color swatch will update accordingly