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What are the .ASE files?
The .ASE file (Adobe Swatch Exchange) is a file format that introduced in Creative Suite 2 to share color swatches between the Creative Suite 2 applications for color management. They describe color information in the form of color palettes comprised by swatches. They retain compatibility with any future versions so you can create and load these files through various Adobe applications like Illustrator, InDesign, Kuler etc. independent of their version number.
Swatches from an ASE file
ASE files help import and export color swatches across applications like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. You can import .ase files to load color groups in the swatches panel. Color groups can also be saved as .ase files from the Swatches flyout. Similarly, if the color groups are saved from Illustrator, they can be loaded inside InDesign and vice versa.
How to load swatches (Color Palettes)
- Select Load Swatches from the Swatches panel menu.
- Select the saved .ase file. Click Open.
How to save swatches (Color Palettes)
You can save a color swatch or color group as a .ase file.
- Select the color group or swatch.
- From the flyout menu, select Save Swatches.
- Enter the name of the .ase file. Click Save.