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.
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.
Abhinav Kaushik (AK)
Thank you for working on this, but there is a related issue with the Delete Swatch dialog. If you have multiple colors to delete and select them all, there is no indication in the dialog which color it is currently processing. It would be nice if the color swatch and name appeared at the top of the dialog to visually identify which swatch is currently being removed.
I need to sent document only with Pantone color but separation show vintage of black in the logo. I resaved logo as bmp. How to rid off of black? You can't delete black from smatches.
Dom Richard commented
Very nice article, thanks for share it.
Because when I try to trash a swatch, a new window pops up asking if I want to "remove swatch and replace with" something else, which defaults to black. I don't want my document to put black where something else should be. I want to know where that colour is within the document so I can make the decision on what it should be. I work with large multi-page docs and trying to find the colour through separations is not efficient.
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Todd Morgan commented
Yes a global find color would be great, and it should be in the right click menu FROM WITHIN THE COLOR SWATCH PANEL!!!! So, when I get a document from outside source that has 27 different colours, none of which are brand, i should be able to right click on the swatch, and click FIND COLOR and it searches through finding everything - strokes, files, text, etc... The FIND/CHANGE window is great for individual stuff, but very ****** for global work.
Alan Gilbertson commented
Don't forget that colors can be hidden in a character or paragraph style, too, or in a placed graphic! It can be a nightmare trying to find a tiny application of a CMYK color in a long document that must be spot-color only for output.
The quick way to check for stray swatches is to "select all unused," delete them and see what's left, but that can lead to wasted hours of searching when the offending swatch is only in a style or an option (e.g., paragraph shading when it was cyan by default).
steven powers commented
THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!
Thank you for saving me endless searching for that one little hidden stray!!!
Any updates? I have heaps of links in a document and finding 'the culprit' is a needle in a haystack' :D
Yossi Kanner commented
This would be so useful!
David Matos commented
Still ‘working on it’?…
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.