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... another Adobe Creative Suite© technique from the folks at Adobe. This one is for Adobe Illustrator CS2

How can I use colors in a stock photo as a shared palette across Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications?

Creating a swatch library from a stock photo has traditionally been tedious task, requiring you to repetitively drag the Eyedropper tool across the image to collect all the colors you may want to use. But the new Adobe Illustrator S2 five Trace tool can make this process simple, fun, and fast.

Live Trace automatically turns placed images into beautifully detailed vector graphics and creates swatch library for the image. You can then easily share the swatches with any other Adobe Creative Suite 2 component by saving the swatch library for exchange.

To create a swatch library from a stock photo:

1. Place the image in Illustrator. For fast tracing, it's best to use an image with a small file size, such as a 72 dpi resolution.)

2. Set the Tracing options: Tracing Options

3. Click Trace. The colors are output to your default palette as spot colors.

color palette

Color information

4. Save Swatches: Select Save Swatches or Exchange from the Swatches palette menu, type a name for the swatch library, and then save it in an easily accessible location.

swatches exchange

You can now load the swatch library into the Swatches palette for any other Adobe Creative Suite 2 component.

Your shared colors will appear exactly the same across applications as long as your olor settings are synchronized.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 also makes it easier than ever to find the right image with Adobe Stock Photos. Find, edit, place, and buy royalty-free stock photos and the respective comps from within Adobe Creative Suite 2. You can purchase images from multiple leading image providers with one transaction and they'll all be covered under a single license agreement. Begin a search in Adobe Bridge by clicking Adobe Stock Photos in the Favorites pane.

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