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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5195

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I'm trying to match a color for printing and I'm thinking a function that would automatically generate something like a matrix of swatches. Sort of like the "Create Palette Swatch..." tool but that let you input a starting color then set the size of the swatch and the number and value of increments in each direction.

It's just tedious going into the color editor and changing a bunch of swatches by hand. Some sort of automation would be really nice.
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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5197

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I recommend you print an RGB color swatch. We have a video on it (CMYK at least).

www.cadlink.com/index.php/en/infosource-...ls/signlab-tutorials

Process color swatches

As a reminder you need to enable the print option Dimensions and Notes when you print the charts.
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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5198

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Thanks for the reply Hubert.

I've done cmyk and rgb swatch palettes, but I'm talking about a more granular approach when trying to find say a particular shade of yellow.

Something that would create maybe a 10x10 or 20x20 block of colors with the starting color in the center then increment by 1 color value in each direction. You'd end up with a much finer resolution of color shades than the pre-generated swatch charts for the situations when you're very close to a match but want to see if some other values right around it would be better.

Like the particular yellow I'm trying to match doesn't have anything really close on the rgb/cmyk charts so I brought out my pantone cmyk color bridge and found a close match. I printed a sample and it was very muddy so i cleaned it up a bit and came to the cmyk value 0,20,100,0. It's pretty good indoors but outdoors it turns sorta washed out. I would like to be able to more easily increment from here by one value at a time i.e. 0,21,100,0 : 0,22,100,0 ... and so forth. going in all directions (1,20,100,0 or 0,20,100,1 etc) would also be helpful to ensure I was going down the correct path, hence the matrix/array idea.

I had found a product from a different vendor that did this, but the price was not justifiable for such a narrow use product. Also I lost the link to the website and I can no longer find them via google. It would be most convenient if it were all within Signlab anyway so that I didn't need to log into a web interface, generate a swatch palette, save to pdf, then import into signlab.

It seems like some the functionality exists in the "Create Palette Swatch..." tool. I was just thinking it could be a cool additional feature in the future.
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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5199

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Do a Customization option under the color swatches.





This is the result I get...


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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5200

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Ah nice this is pretty much just what I'm looking for, but why does it generate the chart as an rgb bitmap?

I used cmyk values so why not cmyk vector swatches? If that's not an option then it's got some sorta harsh limitations.

Also there are a couple boxes in the options that could use a tool tip or something for clarification purposes. Specifically the drop downs that let you choose which colors to increment across which vector. I figured it out but a mouse over would've been helpful. Maybe if it was a pop up window instead of using the toolbar space at the top of the screen there would be room for more detailed info.
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Automatic incremental swatch generation 1 year 2 months ago #5201

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Yeah, I never noticed it was an RGB bitmap. I'll have to investigate and get back to you later..

There is a bit more in the Help file for the explanations, but there isn't much more.
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