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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Stubborn Swatches

When you import artwork such as an Illustrator file or a Photoshop duotone containing a spot color, InDesign adds the color to the Swatches panel. As long as that artwork is in the document, you can’t delete the spot swatch, nor can you merge it with another swatch—it’s protected. If the swatch is used by a paragraph, character, or object style, it will also resist deletion. However, if you delete all artwork and styles related to the swatch, InDesign will allow you to delete the swatch. At least, it should.

Occasionally, InDesign develops a fondness for a swatch and will not allow you to delete it or convert it to process, even if you’ve deleted the artwork or eliminated the styles that inspired it. It’s a petty annoyance. ...

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