Selecting colors

Affinity Publisher offers several ways of choosing colors for your design.

About selecting colors

An essential requirement for efficient design is the ability to access colors easily and intuitively. Designers may have a preferred method for color selection, so Affinity Publisher provides a choice:

Using the object's context toolbar:

For quick access, Fill and Stroke swatches are available from the context toolbar of any selected shape, line, or stroke.

To apply a fill or stroke color to a vector object:
  1. Select the object.
  2. From the context toolbar, click either the 'Stroke' or 'Fill' swatch.
  3. From the flyout choose color from a Swatches, Color, or Gradient panel.

Using the Color panel

With the Color panel, colors can be applied to an object or adopted by a tool in just a few clicks. Opacity and noise are further color attributes which can be applied. Colors can be saved to a palette in the Swatches panel.

To select a stroke/fill color (using default HSL Color Wheel):
  1. Click the Stroke or Fill swatch at the top left of the panel.
  2. Click for a hue color on the outer ring.
  3. Click in the inner triangle to set the combined Saturation and Lightness.

The relevant swatch updates to the selected color.

To switch colors between the swatch selectors:
To adjust opacity or noise setting:
  1. Select the Switch to opacity/noise toggle button to the bottom-left of the panel.
  2. Drag the slider to set the value.
Panel Preferences To use a different color model:
  1. Click the Panel Preferences menu, and select Sliders from the menu.
  2. At the top right of the panel, click the current color mode displayed, e.g. RGB, to reveal a pop-up menu.
  3. Select a different color model from the menu.
Panel Preferences To apply a color tint:
  1. Click the Panel Preferences menu, and select Tint from the menu.
  2. Drag the slider to the left or right to increase or decrease the color tint, respectively.
Panel Preferences To use a different color mode:
Panel Preferences To save colors to Swatches panel:

Using the Swatches panel

The Swatches panel provides color swatch presets that are selectable from various categories. You can easily apply grays, solid colors, or gradient colors as presets.

To use a color swatch:

Do one of the following:

Using the Fill Tool

Use the Fill Tool to apply your own gradient paths to an object's stroke or fill; you can also apply solid and bitmap fills. The tool's context toolbar lets you change a linear gradient fill to be radial, elliptical, or conical.

Fill Tool To use the Fill Tool:
  1. Select an object.
  2. Select the Fill Tool from the Tools panel.
  3. From the context toolbar, select either 'Stroke' or 'Fill' from the Context pop-up menu.
  4. From the context toolbar, select a fill type from the Type pop-up menu.
  5. Drag the cursor across the object's stroke or fill depending on what you selected previously.

    Hold down the to constrain the angle of the gradient path to 45°.

Accessing PANTONE® Colors

PANTONE® Color palettes are available from the main Swatches panel, and will automatically become a global spot color in the document palette when applied. They are also available from the pop-up Swatches panel on the context toolbar when a shape, line, or stroke is selected.

To access PANTONE® Colors:
  1. On the Swatches panel (or pop-up Swatches panel), from the category pop-up menu, select your preferred PANTONE palette.
  2. To display the PANTONE® Color name and number, go to the Swatches panel's Panel Preferences menu and select Appearance > Show as List. Alternatively, you can select a category from the Swatches panel (for example, PANTONE + Solid Coated-V2) and use the search window to locate a specific color within that category.

Registration color

Printing to PDF will allow you to include printer marks, including registration marks assigned with registration black (100%C:100%M:100%Y:100%K). However, you can add this registration color as a swatch that can be assigned to an object on the page, creating an on-page registration mark.

To add a registration color as a swatch:

You can then apply the swatch to an object on the page.

Recoloring/tinting images

There are a number of ways to recolor or add a tint to an image, for example, for rebranding purposes, or to help it blend in with the rest of your page.

To recolor an image:

With an image selected, do one of the following: