3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2017 8:49 AM by winterm

    Colour Swatches...how to see where they are used?

    PAWU Level 1

      I have a document with some colour swatches that I know to be and stay unused (Changed to spot->output PDF, in the PDF, there is no plate with that spot colour). But when selecting the unused swatches, they do not get selected. I was able to detect the culprit for 2 colours (unused character style). But now, I have no unused character or paragraph styles anymore and still colours that indicate usage.

       

      Isn't there a find command to find those elements?

        • 1. Re: Colour Swatches...how to see where they are used?
          vinny38 Level 4

          There are many places where those unused swatches can hide...

           

          Here's probably the most common one:

          1. Paragraph style B is based on paragraph style A
          2. Paragraph style A uses swatch X (the one you wan't to get rid of)
          3. Paragraph style B uses swatch Y
          4. Paragraph style A is not in use in your document. But... it is said to be in use (because of 1.) and so will be swatch X

           

           

           

          About a method (script?) helping to clean this up, or at least to point those swatches, I'm not aware of any.

          I'd be glad to hear about one...

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          • 2. Re: Colour Swatches...how to see where they are used?
            vladan saveljic Level 4

            try to save your file in idml.

            then reopen it and select unused swatches

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            • 3. Re: Colour Swatches...how to see where they are used?
              winterm Level 4

              You may still find interesting this old thread, and the script in the last post.

              It didn’t find simple colored text for me.

              However: it found a line with 0 pt weight and ’filled’ with some test color. You’re right - such an object is simply invisible. However, script found it for me.

               

              So: not a Swiss knife, but can be useful sometimes. Especially if you’re not going to get rid of a color, just want to find out where it is used.

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