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When working with gradients you may wish to save one of the colors as a swatch but there are quite a few steps to do to make this happen, and doing so will affect the current gradient scheme ie. its object. I explain further below.

 

My suggestion is to add the Swatch Add button to the Node of the gradient, which saves you all the steps explained further below.

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Now I will explain how taking the extra steps to add this color to a palette changes the current gradient scheme.

 

1. To best explain, I begin with showing the previous color in the gradient scheme so you can see the full workflow.

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2. I will now alter the color. You will see that the color picker in the HSL popup is the previous color.  To make the color picker the new color, I can either drag the color picker to the Node in the gradient scheme, OR I close and reopen the HSL popup (which is faster). 

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3.  After closing and reopening the HSL popup, the color picker is now my desired color to save to a palette. 

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Now that the color picker has been changed....

4. The swatches panel shows the color picker has the new color, but the current gradient scheme will be changed as soon as I click the color picker.

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5. I click the color picker, and the gradient has changed which allows me to proceed to saving the swatch, but the current object color is also changed.

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This workflow greatly reduces the ability to both experiment with colors in a gradient by impeding my ability to develop a set of preferred color in swatches palette.

• It forces me to save a gradient prior to saving a node color.

• It forces me to think whether I should finalize my gradient scheme so I'm not creating unwanted swatches in my color palette.

• It abruptly changes the color of my object in the process of saving a desired color in the gradient scheme.

• It stifles creative development as I may encounter other experimentation phases with other objects and not seek to go through all the steps to save a color node as a swatch.

 

thank you

 

 

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