Locate and Use Swatch Libraries in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner of the screen and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't see Adobe Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom of the start menu to type "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6" to open it
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    It will immediately start loading and take us directly to our workspace.
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    Once you're at your workspace, click "File" in the upper-left corner of the window
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    In the drop-down menu that appears, click "New..."
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    You can also use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". A new window will appear in which you can specify settings for your document. To learn how to do that, you can check the following video tutorials: "How to Create a New Document in Adobe Illustrator CS6" and "How to Open Existing Files in Adobe Illustrator CS6".
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    Let's click "OK" to create a document with the default settings
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    Double-click the "Fill" color
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    Click a color
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    Click "OK"
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    Let's create a filled-in shape by clicking "Rectangle Tool"
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    In the expanded menu for "Rectangle Tool", click "Ellipse Tool"
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    Then, create a circle by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor within the document
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    You can hold "Shift" to keep the shape as a circle. There is another VisiHow tutorial on how to create those shapes.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    It is at the left side of the screen in the vertical toolbar.
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    Ensure that the shape has been selected by clicking it
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    A blue frame and corners will appear around the object, letting you know that it is ready to be edited.
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    Click the swatch square drop-down menu
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    The colored swatch square is in the horizontal toolbar at the top of the window. A menu pops up with a variety of colors.
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    Click "Swatch Libraries menu" in the bottom-left corner of the new menu with swatches
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    Clicking this icon will reveal a list in alphabetical order of a variety of swatch libraries.
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    You can browse this list to find and click a swatch library that suits your work
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    For this tutorial, let's move the cursor to "Art History".
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    In the expanded menu, click "Russian Poster Art"
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    When you click a library, a small dialogue box will appear.
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    You can click and drag this dialogue box away from your document
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    Browse this color palette using the up and down arrows or the scroller on the side of the window
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    You can select select additional swatch libraries
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    For example, let's click the swatch, click "Swatch Libraries menu", move the cursor to "Foods", and click "Vegetables". This swatch library will appear in the same dialogue box as a different tab, so that you can work with more than one library at the same time.
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    Click the swatch color in the small dialogue box
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    The object fill color will be changed to the swatch color.
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    If you have more than one object, you can click the "Selection Tool' black arrow
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    Then, click the object which requires changing colors. Then, click the required swatch color.
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    When you have finished, you can press the "X" in the top right-hand corner of the small window
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    This will close all of opened the swatch libraries.
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