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Create color groups to organize colors in your Swatches panel (Illustrator CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

When you’re designing promotional materials and websites for clients, you’re likely creating content within a particular color scheme. But the Swatches panel is often overrun with excessive swatches, making for a cumbersome task to find just the colors relevant to your project. Illustrator offers a convenient way to organize colors into groups for just this reason. In the Swatches panel, [shift]-click to select multiple contiguous swatches, or [command]-click ([Ctrl]-click in Windows) to select multiple non-contiguous swatches. Then, click on the menu button in the top right corner of the Swatches panel, and select Create New Color Group from the pop-up menu. You can also click the New Color Group button at the base of the Swatches panel. In the resulting dialog box, enter a name for your group in the Name text box, and click OK. Now all of your selected swatches are grouped together and they’re easy to access!


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