September 25, 2005 / Design / Fall 2005

Hue-independent page elements

Written by Idea File Staff

Keep color consistency in your yearbook sections, even when you have several designers, and even if not all of the colors are chosen but work needs to start as deadlines loom. Use the Swatches palette (Window > Swatches) to assign hue-independent page elements. By naming swatches based upon what they do for the design instead of color name, they are more easily managed.

  1. Create a color scheme with a small number of compatible hues. Colors not in the scheme should be deleted from the palette.
  2. Label the colors for their tasks on the page, such as Dominant or Accent.
  3. Apply colors consistently to page-elements, such as headline, subhead and caption.
  4. If you need to change a color, edit its formula in the Swatches palette and the all page elements assigned a particular color will be automatically updated.

01 In these three examples, the color named Dominant is always assigned to the headline, no matter the hue.

02 A great way to create a color scheme is to use a color wheel. Find an easy-to-use color wheel here:

Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.