How to create your own RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe InDesign
Hi there in this video, we're going to look at adding these sexy colors over here too in design. Look at color in general. It's a little bit long video but it's the kind of stuff you need to know if you're gonna be getting into kinda in design production. Alright, so let's go and add some pre made colors. Okay, before we go any further, let's just ensure your screen is looking like mine. So at the top here, go to essentials. Okay. And if you say something else, I might say advanced or something else, click up in this random area at the top here and click essentials. I'm pretty sore on a pc. It's over here as well. Remember an earlier version? It was all the way over here on the left. Double check. Okay, but find something that looks like that, make sure it's on essentials and where it drops down, make sure you click on reset essentials as well. That means just kind of gets it back to square one. This is handy for when you are saying doing something and you accidentally drag this and it...
ends up in a weird spot down. There's a wet spot there it is there and this bit goes there and everything is a bit mixed up. Okay. And you get lost. So come back to this video and go to essentials and go to reset essentials and everything kind of comes back to normal. What we'll also do for this course is see these double areas here. I prefer to have this group of tabs always out rather than like a little clickable in and out boxes. Okay. If you've got a really small screen, you might have to keep them all pushed in. So for the moment let's ignore this little thing over here for the moment. That's something I've added for us later on. And what we're going to do when we're starting a new job is we've created a new page. But one of the first things you should do now is create a new cc library. Okay. So you might do CC libraries per client rather than per job. Okay, So if you're working at one company, you might just have one. You can see on my library. I've got loads of them. Okay. And all they are is a place to store things like you can see in this case colors, fonts, images and the cool thing about it is that it's shared across all the adobe products you might be only using in design, but if you start using Photoshop illustrator, this library is in there as well so you can share these colors across. So what we're gonna do is cc libraries, we can use this little dropdown. Yours is probably set to my library. I've got a couple of my libraries for some reason but you've got one. Okay, I'm going to create a new library for this course. Okay. I'm gonna call this one green, Green at heart. Okay. You do the same and let's click create and it's just a nice empty library at the moment. But what it's gonna do is when we add our colors, we'll add them to the library at the same time. And when we bring in images and icons, they'll go in there as well. So to add colors, okay, We're going to add corporate colors. Okay. If you are just playing around, you want to mix up any color, Watch this. If I highlight this text here and just go um, what might happen is in this case you can see here that nice little rainbow thing that was there a second ago. And now there's black and white. You're gonna switch it up here in this little flat menu back to RGB and you'll get that color thing back again. That happens quite a bit while you're working in in design. But if you've got no design at the moment and you're randomly picking colors for the client or yourself, you can just use this little I drop it down here and just randomly pick colors. Okay. And that might be great. But say we're working for a client that has specific colony. So we're going to have to put in their corporate colors. So let's go and do that. Now, one of the things we look at is swatches are pre made colors. Okay. Now in design is giving you a couple of pre made ones. There is none. So empty box. Okay. There's registration and reasonably complicated. But at our level here. just never ever use it, I never use registration. Well look at it a little bit more in our advanced class. We'll look at registration and plates. Okay. But just ignore that one for the moment. What you want to do is use black, not registration. Okay. So black and then there's white. They call it paper because you'd imagine if you're printing if I printed this, I came and I was expecting this to be white but I put blue paper in my printer. It's not going to actually white as it's going to be blue of the paper. So that's why they're all clever with the word paper there and not white but it means white. Then they went and mixed in some really awful colors. Okay. These are there by default. You can delete them, you can select them all and say goodbye with a little trash can. Okay. We'll leave them there for the moment. So what we want to do is mix our own colors. Now you're going to have to find out what your corporate colors are. Okay. So you might be working at a company and they've got a corporate manual. Okay. And it lists out there colors. Okay. You might have to ask the marketing department what they are or the designer that was working there or working with you or um, so you're gonna have to figure out what these colors are. Now to create a swatch. Go into this little fly out menu here in the swatches panel and there's one that top here says new color swatch and if it doesn't have anything, okay, sometimes I've been on my type tool and I've got text selected and it's freaking out a little bit. So what I can do is just go back to my arrow, okay? And I've clicked off in the background now, I can go through and get a new color swatch. I'll pretend like I did that on purpose to show you a lesson, but really just got lost. Let's click on this top one. He says, name the color value. If you leave that on, you're going to have colors like this, which aren't very useful. Okay. The actual code for them, especially when you're dealing with the clients, say like me, I've worked for hundreds of companies, so if I type in green, it could be green from any company. So I'm going to take this and I'm working for the green at heart. Okay. And I'm just putting a little acronym in there. You if you know if you're working for Disney putting Disney Green, I'm working with Green at heart. Red. Okay. And what we're gonna do is the color mode, now we're going to be using RGB in this class. Okay. You might be using, you might look at corporate manual in the UC M Y. K. The times where you use each of them. RGB is probably the most common, Okay Especially if you're going to be designing something that's going to be viewed on a screen. So RGB is red, green, blue and that's what your screen uses to display colors. C N Y. K. Is what your printer uses to display colors and you'll notice it's a lot less because if you've ever printed something from your laptop and it looks awesome and then it prints out on the printer just a little bit washed out. It's because of C. M Y. K. Okay. RgB luckily has a bigger color field. It also has light coming out of it luminescence. Okay because your laptop screen is all bright and it's got lights in it so it can achieve those colors like the like toxic green or like a Madonna pink Rgb when you see em yK is when you're going to a commercial printer or an offset printer they call it. Okay. And that happens depends on what you're working. If you're doing stuff and it's going to be printed in the office center. Rgb Office printers love RgB. Even if their laser color printers they'll like RGB more, it's only if you're getting like 10,000 printed at a large printing house. They'll expect C. M Y K. Okay they look very similar in terms of the colors but the codes are slightly different. We're going to use RGB and here are the RGB colors that I've got. So we're gonna listen all these out. So I'm going to put in 255 for the first one and 99 And then 88. Okay. And you see it's still at pink but if I click out here, Okay. One of the other ones that changes to my swatch. Okay. And what I want to do is I'm going to add it to my library at the same time, granite heart. You might have a different one. Okay. Lots of different ones. Okay. But I'm gonna add it to my green at heart at the same time. If you're confused by libraries and you just hate them, you don't want to use them. You can until this let's click add rather than Okay. Why? Just means it keeps us open. Okay, so I can add more color. This one is going to be green at heart and this one is going to be the yellow. Okay. And add another 1 to 55. I'm tabbing down. We'll click in the next box. 45. Okay click I actually don't click anything because it's pink, not yellow. I think I left the two of the front of this one. Okay, so ignore that notes over here. It should be (255) 255 145. Okay, so I'm going to click add, you can see there it appears in my library. It also appears down here in my swatches. Okay. Both places. So what I want you to do now is pause. Okay. And go through and add these. I'm going to get taylor our wonderful editor to go through and speed this up so I'm going to insert mine. Okay, C then race you. Okay? Here we are. And when you're finished I quickly add or click. Ok. Either way it closes it down now we need to click. Ok, So it's finished now. A couple of things you might have clicked. Okay by accident. How do you get back in there? Okay? You just go back into the flat menu and say new color swatch if like me, you've spelled one wrong. Okay, I've left the green off it. You can just double click it. Okay? And it opens up and put my in in. Click. Ok. If you forgot to take the box at the bottom, you can select on these guys and see this little cloud kind of icon here. This will add it to the swatches over here. Alright, so that's the end of this super duper. Long color nerd fest. I realize we're a bit into this course and we still just have a blank page but it's okay. Okay. So that's it for this video. We're going to move on to stealing colors from logos just in case you don't know what the corporate spec is. I'm going to show you a sneaky trick to go and do that. So let's go do that in the next video