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Color picker in InDesign


Question

Is there a way to change the color picker to emulate illustrator or photoshop's color picker?

I can never figure out how to get to the color I want in InDesign. I always have to go to the other programs and pick the color then use the RGB/CMYK values.

2013/09/13
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9/13/2013 6:44:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Illustrator and Photoshop allow for color picker selection using Hue, Saturation, and Brightness (as well as Hex).

Illustrator color picker

Illustrator CS6 color picker

Indesign does not allow for Hue, Saturation, and Brightness (or hex) specification in the color picker. But Indesign does offer LAB* color selection where Photoshop and Illustrator do not.

Indesign color picker

Indesign CC color picker

Don't ask me why things are this way. I don't know. Just a testament to "Adobe's Unified UI" I guess.

2013/09/13
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9/13/2013 11:25:00 PM

InDesign's color picker is not easy to select colors along a light-to-dark scale. Possibly because this is a separate functionality in the 'color' panel found in window > color > color. I find that so frustrating that I just use Adobe Kuler for everything and bypass the color picker entirely.

Kuler is an extension enabled in window > extensions > Kuler. Window, extensions, Kuler

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2016/01/27