Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Generate Color Legend from Swatches

Here's a simple script that will generate color rectangles in a document for every color in the main swatch palette.


Suppose that you want to create a visual legend of some colors.  This script will make a map of ALL the swatches in the documents swatch palette.  (If you want to skip the "none" and "registration" values, just edit the script so the "for" loop start at 2 instead of 0.)

Just run this script, and a legend of named swatch rectangles with (by default) their CMYK values will appear in a nicely grouped object on the top of your document.

Sound off in the comments if you find this one useful.

cheers,
-J

6 comments:

Marizmendi said...

Hey, this is something I need every day in my job, I will give it a try and thanks to you for sharing this..

Mario
From Colombia

Ana Pereira said...

It is very usefull, I will use it a lot and recomend.
If I could I would add an improvment: The text label over black swatch or very dark colors should be in non black color.

John said...

Great idea Ana!
Labels now render white over dark swatches.
cheers,
-J

Tom said...

This is really useful. I've been doing the same thing for ages by hand. You've saved me countless hours!

If I may suggest, how about a little spot in a white triangle, like in Illy's color palette, for spot color swatches?

John said...

Good Idea Tom. I'll see about incorporating that into the next version...

IVAN said...

wonderful, thanks :)