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.
We have started to implement this feature. Will share more updates soon
Tina DeJarld commented
Here's a summary of this FR and the input below.
When a file is finalizing for delivery to a vendor, one task is to make sure ONLY the colors that are actually wanted are used in the project. Production must hand off files with no possible extra plates. This includes colors in imported files from Illustrator or Photoshop. InDesign can almost clean up the colors used in a document using the following features:
1. Add unnamed colors in the Swatches Panel
2. Delete a swatch and replace it with another swatch (such as when multiple version of a blue are used that are all supposed to be the same blue, a common problem that production cleans up)
3. Select All Unused swatches and delete
4. Find/Change colors in text, fill and stroke with the Find/Change dialog box
5. Use the Separations Preview to turn plates off and scroll through the document to see if objects appear that should be invisible if that plate is turned off (such as when registration get used for black).
6. Use the Ink Manager to remap colors to their correct plate (not a perfect solution, or an acceptable solution in many production environments)
But, when a swatch is from an imported graphic it cannot be deleted.
This feature should work FROM THE SWATCHES PANEL. It should have a symbol for when a color is from an imported graphic file. You should be able to click on a swatch and choose Find Next, or Go To, and InDesign should jump to that object. It should be able to recognize colors from tables and imported graphics, as well as regular InDesign objects and text (including spaces).
Keep in mind that many InDesign files pass through many hands. Don’t think of documents as staying with one user from start to finish. Creative and production have very different priorities, and all of the contributors to the creation of a project have different levels of skills and production expertise.
The Links panel can show the colors used in an Illustrator file when they are spot colors. This is an optional column you can turn on, “Swatches Used.” However this does not show named process colors.
InDesign also needs to be able to flag that colors are defined in styles but not actually used anywhere in the file.
More info in the Swatches panel showing where colors are used: graphic, style, table
Ability to highlight a swatch and find instances of where it’s used
Gald to hear that this is being considered. Would be very useful if InDd could have the features already in Illustrator where you can
-- select similar colours
-- delete all unused swashes
Many thanks to all at Adobe !
Tina DeJarld commented
Great news! MUST include colors from imported images. It would be best if this worked from the Swatches panel.
This is great news. Thank you. I'm looking forward to the next update!
Ana Paula Cebola Galego commented
Jonathan Fernandes commented
Please, this is so overdue!
Charity Ijiomah commented
Please! Please! Take this request seriously. It is a problem since day one I use Indesign (I work in pre-press). There are a few scripts and workarounds, but some don't show the position/object/space/… directly, but only an area, that's too inaccurate.
Colleen Gratzer commented
Even if you search for a color that is right in front of your face, the functionality doesn't work: https://www.useloom.com/share/c941c28916744e279c3d93a7a2ff6252
Rob Wood commented
It isn’t about getting rid of unused colours - there’s a function already for that - it’s being able to pinpoint where a colour is being used so that it can be corrected or standardised to a palette colour or even to delete an erroneous object.
Knowing that a colour is in use in a document is useful but knowing whereabouts in a document is invaluable, especially if you have several similar colours or very small and numerous objects.
1. As a team working on documents, handing them around and giving them to 3rd-party-finalizing, we want to ensure none color gets deleted by cosolidation and exchanged by a color that was left in the document and is quite similar to the color they want to exchange, resulting in selecting the wrong color for replacement.
Also, I want a clean color list, and I get a doc with 500+ links .eps and .ai. Try to find out, which eps/ai "brings" in that color…would be nice for InD to answer this.
2.) Yes it does. But that color I want to get rid off/exchange is used, eg in a image box background. I could not see that by just skimming the doc, but I could find it by Find/Attributes, but I have to know where it was used.
3.) I get a document to work further on. There are some nearly-similar blue tones. What a mess, they all should be on blue. Find unused: All used. Hmpf. Find color? Not possible with InD CC 2018.
Brian Brunsting commented
For me, it isn't because the color isn't used, but because the color IS used somewhere but shouldn't be. When outputting for press, only certain colors are permitted, but if there are other colors that came in, say from word, and are claiming to be used, I need to make sure that color isn't actually being used for something and will cause an additional color plate to be output. What I do now to find the color is to print plate separations and only select the color that shouldn't be there. That will print every page where that color is used and I can try to eliminate it that way. As others mentioned, though, if the color is only "used" in a style, it won't find it that way.
As a pre-press operator have to go thru client's jobs and make sure it separates right, but sometimes they make their home-made spot color and it's time consuming to find it in the document.
We need find any USED colors.
Lorenzo de Jongh commented
For me personally is it when I work in a document where somewhere in the process the Pantone or CMYK colour gets changed. Sometimes I forget to change it in a place (forgot to use a style on that sentence or word for example so it does not change) and the Pantone swatch cannot be removed. Of course I can make a PDF or do seperations preview and go to all the pages by hand. But it would be awesome if you can see which colour is used on where and in what form (text, table, graphic, etc) and then you can easily spot it and change the thing and delete the swatch.
So for me that would same time. I admit the other way isn't that time consuming but sometimes deadlines can be a struggle and give trouble when it going for press.
The "Select All Unused" shows me which swatches aren't in use but when it's used in a graphic or style it won't be selected so I still need to go by hand to locate the swatch.
Thank you for your time.
Michael Bednarek commented
Absolutely agree with this request. As a freelance designer (and former pre-press operator) I want the files that I provide to the printer(s) to be 100% clean and accurate. And for me that means no extraneous colors in the swatch or seps panels. The find feature doesn't always "find" the element in question, whether it's text, line, fill, hidden, locked, etc. And many times the element in question does not show up in Seps Preview. Perhaps the following enhancement could work as a solution. When in Output, Seps Preview, allow the user to "select all" of only the sep that is turned on. This may help identify the color/element in question. Additionally, the ability to identify unused character or paragraph styles (which may contain the color in question) would be useful. More than happy to discuss further and/or provide real world files to Adobe for possible solution(s).
David T. Macpherson commented
Thanks for the tip about using Find. But it would still be nice to have a “Find …” item in the Swatches panel menu, to launch the Find dialog with the selected swatch pre-loaded.
I agree with this request. As a pre-press operator have to go thru client's jobs and make sure it separates right, but sometimes they make their home-made spot color and it's time consuming to find it in the document. I bet the programmers can add this feature: find color in document...(like find font).
Open up the Find-Window (cmd+f), then choose Object, then specify the search-attributes down low (just select a fill or stroke).
Lorenzo de Jongh commented
Yeah, this would be a good feature. @Georg, can you explain how?
Georg Stadler commented
You can search for a specific color when searching for objects.