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  1. swatches, color, and gradient panels like illustrator

    Illustrator has the easiest to use and most powerful swatches, color, and gradient panels. Indesign would be a much better experience if it just used them. Just make them exactly the same.

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  3. Larger Colour Swatch Window and Colour Creation Tools

    When creating or changing a colour in the swatch window the square that shows the colour is tiny and the dragging tools be it in RGB or CMYK are the only way to choose a colour. I feel like more options could easily be availble here in terms of how to pick a colour, like a large "rainbow" grid to drag the mouse around to select exactly what you want. The current system, larger with more fidelity would be incredible!

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  4. apply swatch to monotone/greyscale with transparency (psd,png,tiff,ai).

    Apply swatch to linked object only currently works with flattened greyscale psd, jpg or tiff. Often I need to change greyscale images WITH TRANSPARENCY (vector and raster) to match colors from other photos in indd. Currently I have to open psd and created several hue adjustment layers, or layers in ai with the color changes, and going back to each as I modify color in the pallette.

    6 votes

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  5. Delete swatch / replace swatch

    Please display the swatch that will be deleted on the 'Delete Swatch' dialog box to prevent replacing or deleting the wrong swatch (which is too easily done at the moment).

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    3 votes

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  6. Save gradient swatch angles to object style

    It would be nice to be able to save angles that you draw with the gradient swatch tool to the object style. I find it strange that we can save gradient feathers at any angle, but not gradient swatch tool angles.

    10 votes

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  7. Properties panel: make “Apply to Text” the default for text frames

    When I select a text frame, I find that most of the time I want to change the colour of the text, not the frame. But InDesign defaults to “Apply to Frame“ every single time, which is particularly cumbersome in the properties panel, where the option is now a menu.

    I believe it would be much more useful to have the default either be "Apply to Text“ whenever you choose a text frame or at least remember your preference.

    (I am aware that you can double click to select the text, then select all, then the properties panel applies the…

    1 vote

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  8. Paste Text Only from Other InDesign Documents

    We regularly copy and paste from other InDesign documents. It is really frustrating that every time we do this the incoming swatches and styles are also pasted into the document, resulting in extensive lists of swatches and styles with similar names. Much like the "Preferences - Clipboard Handling - When Pasting Text and Tables from Other Applications - Text Only" option, it would be incredibly useful to offer this feature for "Other InDesign Documents" as well.

    3 votes

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  9. color picker isn't consistent with other software.

    Please allow users to change color picker to Photoshop color picker. Indesign is great except for the nuisance of having a horrible UI for the color picker. I make all my colors in photoshop copy the code then paste it into Indesign.

    77 votes

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    Hello All,
    Starting Id 16.0 we introduced HSB in Color Picker.
    Does that resolve inconsistency issue for you?

    Please tell us in the comments.

    Regards,
    Abhinav Kaushik
    Product Manager, InDesign

  10. Refresh Library Button

    please add a feature to refresh the libraries, i just made a new pallet in illustrator then added it to the global library , when i went to indesign the colors were not in the library .. does it require a refresh button ?

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  11. Search field in color panel

    I'd like to search / filter the name of the colors in the panel to quickly find what I need...

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  12. Option to merge swatches when importing from another document

    When Importing Swatches from another document produce a dialog similar to when importing Text Styles. I should be able to choose which ones i want to import and be able to decide what to do if there are swatches of the same name. In some cases i would like it to overwrite the swatch on the active document with the swatch that exists on the imported documents swatches.

    3 votes

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  13. option to read in spectrophotometer results

    Create a import option to accept readings from a spectro. that can identify its closest PMS color - and or - create a new SPOT swatch that uses the opposite values of the Lab readings to compensate that value to achieve an closer DeltaE reading on the next print of a specified PMS value that you are wanting to reach

    1 vote

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  14. type colour fill under Properties > Appearances

    Hi, I love the feature under Properties, that I can work on the colours, the shapes, etc in one window. However, I notice that text colour fill is missing. Can I request to have that added in there too?

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  15. Libraries - I should be able to rearrange swatches

    I just got off a long chat with support only to learn that there is no way to rearrange the swatches in my library. The tech support professional told me I can use/select the colors in my document then rearrange them in the swatches panel. This is worthless. I have a long document with about 50 colors which are arbitrarily arranged in the library panel. If I cannot quickly access them alphabetically, then I am wasting a lot of time. PLEASE make it possible to arrange them in the library.

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  16. Easily Swap Color Themes

    I often utilize the same template layouts across multiple brands and it would be a huge time-saver to be able to assign swatches from a color theme to the various objects, and have all the respective objects update when a new color theme is selected. So if I have Color 1, Color 2, Color 3, and then select a new color theme, the design could be updated as Color 1 -> Color 4, Color 2 -> Color 5, and so on.

    5 votes

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  17. Change the Eyedropper Tool back to default on the tool bar instead of the Color Theme Tool.

    The standard Eyedropper Tool used to be the default option on the Tool bar. This was convenient for sampling colors as well as text styles. Now, there is no way to change the default from the Color Theme Tool to the Eyedropper. The Color Theme Tool has its place in Illustrator, but as InDesign is mostly used for text, it is crucial that the Eyedropper Tool is quickly accessible. In my career, I have barely used the Color Theme Tool in InDesign, whereas I use the Eyedropper daily. It is frustrating for my coworkers and I to now change it…

    85 votes

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  18. Expand CMYK swatches window

    PLEASE! Enable the user to expand the color swatches window!!

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  19. Locate where a specific colour is used in your document

    It would be really useful to be able to find exactly where a colour is used in a document. When you get a document from a third party and there are extra colours in it that you are trying to eliminate it is sometimes very difficult to track them down.

    You can convert the colour to a spot colour then turn on separations and do a visual check but, apart from being time consuming and relying on it being large enough to be easily spotted, it won't help if the colour has been defined as part of a style.

    354 votes

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    Completed  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    The ability to find colors in documents in now available in InDesign’s latest release 16.0.

    It can be found in a new tab of Find/Change dialog – Color.
    Please let us know your feedback in comments.

    Regards,
    Abhinav Kaushik (AK)

  20. Distribute gradient colour stops evenly

    It would be nice if there was a button in the gradient palette that automatically distributed all the colour stop locations evenly from 0% to 100%.

    Often gradients have 5+ colour stops in them, and it becomes tricky when adding more stops to then rearrange them all across the entire length.

    2 votes

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