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InDesign: Generating Shade Swatches (Color Stepped with Black) in InDesign

In this tutorial, a free lesson from the Pluralsight video course, Designing in Duotone in InDesign by Pariah Burke (, you will learn how to generate shade swatches. Tint swatches create swatches of a color mixed with white. Shade swatches are that color mixed with black, creating darkened color steps. Shade swatches are very useful and easy to create with this simple technique.

This technique works with all versions of InDesign.

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