While in your current document, click into the upper right corner of the Swatches panel menu button and choose Load Swatches ...; then you navigate to the other document that has the swatches you want. They will populate into your Swatches panel. They won't remove existing swatches.
Thanks, but have done that 10 times and the fonts don't load.
You want fonts to load into swatches? I'm confused.
Swatches, not fonts.
Now it did import all of the swatches, but the order organization is all messed up. I wonder why that is.
You can drag and drop your swatches into any order you want.
They were in order and now they are all mixed up and it's a 30 minute job to re-order them
In the normal way of working in an InDesign file, we normally don't have tons and tons of Swatches. Normally you have a few, or a dozen or so. If you are loading hundreds of Swatches, you may be misunderstanding the philosophical intent of the use of InDesign.
Didn't know about that philosophical intent. Is it stated in the license agreement? Maybe I try to do creative things beyond the limited minds of InDesign programmers. Silly me.
Put your swatches for reuse into a library, it is supported from the CC Libraries as Font and Object Styles can be stored there. Only font folders are not supported yet, these folders will be lost, but it is also happening when importing colors from libraries or other documents. But having to many swatches in InDesign makes handling difficult. Use only a limited number of swatches.
Normally someone will have only those swatches in a document he intends to use or because they are part of corporate color schemes.
Hm. Using swatches from a CC Library?
1. Would a swatch stored in a CC Library, that will color an object on the page, overwrite an existing color with the same name, but different settings?
No. It will not. It will generate a new swatch in the Swatches Panel basing its name on the one already in use and adding a number to the name.
Not that good. An option is missing that is allowing to replace a swatch in use by a swatch we apply from a library instantly.
2. How can we organize swatches in CC Libraries?
Storing Color Groups is not possible. So we have to use several libraries for several categories maybe.
@davek96742809 – I am with you: A philosophical intent? No. I cannot see that. Just some missing features in the Swatches Panel.
Gradients are not supported in CC Libraries under the Colors category.
Also not supported: Mixed Inks or Mixed Ink Groups.
Colors are supported but the libraries have some oddities yet, folders should be supported but are not neither. We have to see CC Libraries as a developing function, not ready yet, but it will be very useful when finished.
What we can do now:
Save breadcrumbs for styles, like an object style including a paragraph style, that will import:
- The object style itself
- The object styles from which this object style inherits its properties.
- Included paragraph styles and styles which they are dependend from, included all Character Styles from nested styles, GREP and auto numbers and bullets.
- Layers, when paste Layers remembers Layer is activated.
So it is possible now, to have some "bricks" in the CC Library which can be used to impoert styles, colors, layers.
When I copy and paste from a document the groups don't follow.
But if choose Load Swatches and select the file with the colour groups they are all imported.