Can I import a color swatch file from Adobe Illustrator?

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#1

I have a custom color pallet, actually colors that came from Sherwin Williams to use with Adobe Illustrator that I would like use in SketchUp. Adobe saves these color libraries as .ASE files. I downloaded one of these files from Sherwin Williams, and I’ve picked out the colors we are using in our project. I would like to import them into SketchUp. I don’t want to have to manually pick the colors and name them in SketchUp, which is the only advice I’m reading anywhere.

Thanks in advance!
-Don


#2

Have you looked to see if these Sherwin Williams colors might already exist as materials in the 3D Warehouse?
https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/search.html?q=sherwin+williams&backendClass=entity

There’s no direct import to SketchUp from Illustrator for colors. How many colors are you talking about here?


#3

Yeah, DaveR, they do: S-W color pallettes.

I have these things on my hard disk already because someone posted the actual skm files on the old Google forum years back. I presume the ones on 3DW are the same files, or from the same source. Really hard to say where they originally came from.

-Gully


#4

OT: if you read the skm’s document.xml it will most likely have the original computer path on it…


#5

No soap, which is an Americanism for “no.”

-G


#6

Thanks! I can’t tell right off hand if my colors are in there. Why is it divided up so much?

Here is the page from Sherwin Williams http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/color/color-tools/downloadable-color-palettes/


#7

You’d have to ask those who made them. I think most of them are divided up by general color or hue.


#8

The colors are divided into six groups. Each group contains dozens or hundreds of individual named and numbered colors.

-Gully


#9

How can I search for a specific number? or color name?

Is there a way in Sketchup to enter colors as a hexadecimal code? such as
cc2735ff?

What’s the best way to create a color library from the colors in my
Illustrator document?

What format are color libraries saved in?

Thanks.

Donald L. Drennan


#10

Dude, that’s a lot of questions. Let’s see.

Each color corresponds to a .skm (SketchUp Material) file. The six libraries correspond to six appropriately named folders (directories), which I have shown above. The folders contain the .skm files, one per color. The skm files are named thus: SW [number] [color name].skm. For example, SW 6011 Chinchilla.skm. You can open the folders from inside of SU using the Details Menu > Open or Create Collection. You can thereupon list the colors in the Materials browser, thus:

A .skm file is actually a zip file with the extension renamed to skm. You can open them with WinZip or the equivalent. Each skm file contains a set of xml data files defining the color or texture along with the original image file in the case of a texture, along with a thumbnail for display as a swatch in the Material browser.

As far as I know, you can’t import your Illustrator colors. You’d have to recreate them one by one by entering the color codes, either in RGB, HSB, or HLS. There is a plugin that will allow you to make a folder full of skms from a folder full of jpgs.

-Gully