Color

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Color Palette

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Colorado State University’s guidelines

Color is used as a visual identifier for the CSU brand; comprised of mostly green and gold. When working with color, please adhere to the following:

Avoid color combinations that could be identified with other colleges and universities, i.e. black and gold.

Use CSU colors only according to guidelines outlined on this site and reiterated and expanded upon in the Communicators Toolbox.

Never rely on desktop color printers or computer monitors for true color accuracy of printed documents.

Please read Print to learn the difference between digital color and printed color.

One of the most effective ways in which to maintain brand consistency for the University is through the use of CSU’s official brand colors. The University colors consist of primary, secondary, and accent colors.

Download swatches of these colors: process coated, spot coated, and RGB.

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Available print swatches.

How Do I Use These Swatches?

Download the swatches and save the ones you want (RGB, CMYK) to a place on your computer where you can find them again. The following instructions are for CS2 and higher.

InDesign

  • Start a new InDesign File
  • Open the color swatches palette(Window>swatches)
  • Load the swatches: click the down arrow button in he upper right corner of the swatches palette and select Open Swatch library>OtherLibrary.
  • Navigate to the location you saved the swatch files, and click on the files as appropriate for the color space you’ll be working in. The swatches should now be loaded in your palette.

If you have the default set of InDesign swatches, another set of swatches, or different set of brand swatches present, it is suggested you remove those swatches to avoid mixing the brand colors with other non-CSU colors.

To Remove Swatches:

Click the down arrow button in the upper right corner of the swatches palette, and select the option Select All Unused. Take all the swatches and put them in the trash in the lower right corner of the palette.

Illustrator

  • Start a new Illustrator File
  • Open the color swatches palette(Window>swatches)
  • Load the swatches: click the down arrow button in he upper right corner of the swatches palette and select Open Swatch library>OtherLibrary.
  • Navigate to the location you saved the swatch files, and click on the files as appropriate for the color space you’ll be working in. The swatches should now be loaded in your palette.

If you have the default set of Illustrator swatches, another set of swatches, or different set of brand swatches present, it is suggested you remove those swatches to avoid mixing the brand colors with other non-CSU colors.

To Remove Swatches:

Click the down arrow button in the upper right corner of the swatches palette, and select the option Select All Unused.

Take all the swatches and put them in the trash in the lower right corner of the palette. You may need to repeat this process, or select individual swatches in the palette and drag them to the trash manually.

Photoshop

  • Start a new Photoshop File
  • Open the color swatches palette(Window>swatches)
  • Load the swatches: click the down arrow button in he upper right corner of the swatches palette.
  • Click Replace Swatches, navigate to the location of your downloaded files, and click the swatches you’d like to load.

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