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The Color Thief: Stealing Colors Using Illustrator CS3's LiveTrace

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Adobe Ambassador Mike McHugh wants you to get excited about color. In this colorful article, he shows you how to create swatches in Adobe's Creative Suite 3 using Adobe Illustrator's new LiveColor tool.

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11. Get Your Swatches Online

Playing with color can be a very distracting sport. Having a bunch of really cool tools also makes it so much more fun. Figure 14 shows the finished product in all its glory.

Figure 14

Figure 14 The radical, sick, and wicked results with stolen color and Adobe CS3

Once you’ve created a bunch of swatches or ASE files, you can easily share them via email or save them with client names. Even before the release of Adobe Creative Suite 3, Adobe created a really cool website on Adobe Labs that has the same LiveColor picker that we see in Illustrator today. You can still use it online to create color swatches that you can download and share.

The website is free and offers users the ability to create swatches using some fantastic tools. It also allows people to rate swatch libraries and also add comments. I think actually naming the swatches is the most fun. How does Morning Mist sound? Or, perhaps, Sydney Smog?