Adobe kuler – Free Color Themes

Adobe kuler is free online service where you can share, create, and download color themes for Adobe Creative Suite 2,3,4,5 and use them in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks and Flash Professional.

Currently you can explore and download more then 11.000 color themes created and submitted by Adobe users. Note: you must sign in with Adobe ID in order to save, rate, comment on, and download themes. If you do not have Adobe ID, create one, it’s free and takes only a few minutes.

Watch official video how to use this service.


In Creative Suite CS4/5 applications you can access kuler panel from Window > Extensions > Kuler. For previous versions read kuler help.

In case you have received color themes (swatches) as email attachment, there is a way to load them.

Load ASE file in Photoshop
Open Swatches panel and click panel menu icon (1), choose Load Swatches (2), in Load dialog choose Swatch Exchange .ASE (4) from Files of type drop-down list (3), navigate to file, click on it then click Load button.
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Load ASE file in InDesign
Similar procedure is and to load .asl file in InDesign. Open Swatches panel and click panel menu icon (1) and choose Load Swatches (2), navigate to file, click on it (3) then click Open button.

Load ASE file in Illustrator
In Adobe Illustrator click on Swatch Libraries menu (1), choose Other Library (2). Navigate to the ASE file and select it (3) then click Open button (4) in Select a library to open dialog.

Reference:
Kuler
InDesign / Working with swatches
Illustrator / Using and creating swatches
Photoshop / Customizing color pickers and swatches

Products used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5

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