How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?


I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?

12/26/2014 10:22:00 AM

Accepted Answer

  1. In the Swatch Panel menu in Illustrator choose `Save Swatch Library as ASE'
  2. Save that to somewhere you can locate.
  3. In InDeign's Swatch Panel menu choose Load Swatches and select the .ase file you just saved.

You must save as an ASE file for InDesign to read the swatches.

Note: All Adobe applications can read and open .ase swatch files. So the same procedure is used when moving swatches between any Adobe applications.

Also Note: This only refers to color swatches in AI (global/spot/CMK/RGB). This does not work for gradient and pattern swatches in Illustrator. Gradient and pattern swatch types are not transferable.

7/7/2017 7:51:00 PM