Managing color palettes



Color Palette Manager

Tools > Utilities

The Color Palette Manager determines which Color palettes are available in the Color Selector. With the Color Palette Manager, create or import custom palettes, activate palettes for use in the file, add and delete colors from custom palettes, and purge unused colors.

To manage the file’s color palettes:

Select the command.

Alternatively, open the Color Selector with one of the methods described in Applying colorsSelect Manage Palettes from the palette list.

The Color Palette Manager dialog box opens. The palettes available here are located in the Color Palettes library of the default content; see Concept: Resource libraries.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.



Color palette list

Lists the file’s available palettes. Click a header to sort the palettes by active status or palette name. Click on the Active column of a selected palette to activate the palette and add it to the available palettes in the Color Selector.

Color List

Lists the colors in the selected palette; click the header to sort by color or by color name

Color Grid

Displays the colors in the selected palette as a grid


Opens the New Palette dialog box; see Creating or editing custom color palettes


Opens the Edit Palette dialog box;  only custom palettes can be edited


Copies the selected custom palette and appends an incrementing number to the copied palette name (rename the copied palette by clicking Edit)


Deletes the currently selected palette; only custom palettes can be deleted

Purge Unused

When the Colors in Active Document palette is selected, removes any colors that are not in use in the file from the Active Document palette.

Referenced colors remain in the Active Document palette, even from an object that has been removed. Purging allows accumulated colors to be trimmed.

Selecting a custom color

Creating or editing custom color palettes

Applying colors

Creating a color chart


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