InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS2 and CS3 all support the exchange of colors via ASE files. In other words, you can easily use colors you've created in Illustrator in an InDesign project, or colors you've created in Photoshop in an Illustrator project, or vice versa. Here's how:
1. In any of these three applications, select the colors in the Swatches palette that you want to exchange.
2. In the Swatches palette or Swatches panel menu of InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop, choose the following:
- InDesign CS2: Save Swatches for Exchange
- InDesign CS3: Save Swatches
- Illustrator CS2: Save Swatches for Exchange
- Illustrator CS3: Save Swatch Library as ASE
- Photoshop CS2/CS3: Save Swatches for Exchange
This will create a small .ASE file that you can store wherever is convenient. Then, to use these colors in another InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop project:
1. Choose one of the following from the Swatches palette or Swatches panel menu in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop:
- InDesign CS2/CS3: Load Swatches
- Illustrator CS2/CS3: Open Swatch Library: Other Library
- Photoshop CS2/CS3: Load Swatches
2. Navigate to where you previously saved the ASE file, and select it. The colors you saved in the ASE file will be loaded into your swatches palette, ready for you to use.
Swatches in any color model (CMYK, RGB, PANTONE, etc.) can be saved and exchanged between projects in this manner. Tints of colors and gradient or pattern swatches cannot be saved as ASE files.