How do I apply color to my pages in Adobe® InDesign®?

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When applying colors to text, objects or graphics, make sure to use process colors on four-color pages and spot colors on spot color pages. Do not add color to pages that will be printed in black & white only. If you are unsure what type of page you are working on, ask your yearbook adviser.

*Choose your colors from a Herff Jones Your Colors chart or a Pantone swatch book. Do not choose a color by viewing it on a computer monitor.

For instructions on how to create colors in InDesign, click How do I create colors in Adobe® InDesign®?.

InDesign CS4 Swatches palette FillApply color to text

To change the text color

  • Create text with text tool
  • Highlight the text with the Text tool
  • Open Swatches palette
    • Click on the Fill icon to bring it to the front
    • Click on a color in the palette
    • The text will change to that color

APply color to text in InDesign

 

InDesign CS4 Swatches Palette StrokeTo add a colored stroke

  • Highlight the text with the Text tool
  • Open Swatches palette
    • Click  on the Stroke icon to bring it to the front
    • Click on a color in the palette
  • To change the stroke size, open the Stroke palette
    •  Weight: Choose a stroke size from the pop-up menu

InDesign Text with fill

InDesign CS4 Stroke Palette 

InDesign - star with colorApply colors to page elements: shapes, lines, etc.

To change the Fill

  • Select the object with the Selection tool (black arrow)
  • Open Swatches palette
  • Click on the Fill icon to bring it to the front
  • Click on a color in the palette
  • IDCS4 Swatch Palette FillThe fill will change to that color

To add a colored Stroke

  • Select the object with the Selection tool
  • Open Swatches palette
    • Click  on the Stroke icon to bring it to the front
    • Click on a color in the palette

To change the stroke size, open the Stroke palette

  •  Weight: Choose a stroke size from the pop-up menu

 

 

IDCS4 Swatch palette Stroke InDesign CS4 Stroke Palette

Apply color to grayscale graphics

  • If your graphic is not in grayscale mode, use your graphics program to change it to grayscale. Save a photo or graphic as a TIFF file.

To change the fill of the frame

  • Select the frame with the Selection tool
  • Open Swatches palette
    • Click on the Fill icon to bring it to the front
    • Click on a color in the palette
  • The background of the frame will change to that color

To change the stroke color of the frame

  • Select the frame with the Selection tool
  • Open Swatches palette
    • Click  on the Stroke icon to bring it to the front
    • Click on a color in the palette
  • To change the stroke size, open the Stroke palette
    •  Weight: Choose a stroke size from the pop-up menu

IDCS4 Swatch palette FillTo change the graphic color

  • The graphic must be a grayscale graphic saved as a TIFF file
  • Select the graphic with the Direct selection tool (white arrow).
  • Open the Swatches palette
  • Click on the Fill icon to bring it to the front
  • Click on a color in the palette
  • The graphic will change to that color

 

 

 

Blue bird graphic Blue photo

IDCS4 Swatch palette TintTo use a tint or screen of the color

  • Click on the Tint: pop-up menu and select a value.

Bird with blue tint

Blue photo with yellow backgroundPhoto colored and the frame filled with a color .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird colored, frame and strokeGraphic colored, frame filled with a color and a stroke added.