How to Change the Color of Text Using Adobe's InDesign

By Nick Peers

Make your posters, flyers and brochures more interesting and eye-catching by changing the color of various text boxes in Adobe InDesign CC. You can change the color of individual letters, specific words or the entire text in the text box. Furthermore, you can change the stroke color -- the stroke is the border of the letters. When changing the color of text, you can pick a color from the Color Picker or input the red, green and blue values of a RGB color. You can use the custom color later if you save it as a swatch.

Step 1

Open the document you want to edit in InDesign CC and select the "Type Tool" tool from the toolbox to the left of the document. If the toolbox is not displayed by default, click "Window" and select "Tools" from the menu to display it.

Step 2

Select the text you want to edit using the Type tool. You can select a single letter, individual words or everything in a text box. To select everything, click inside the text box and then press "Ctrl-A."

Step 3

Press "F6" to display the Color toolbox. The Fill option is selected by default, so the color of the entire object -- letters in this case -- will be changed.

Step 4

Double-click the "Stroke" or "Fill" icon in the upper left corner of the Color toolbox, depending on what you want to edit. If you want to change the color of the entire object, double-click the "Fill" icon. If you want to change the color of the letters' stroke -- or outline -- double-click the "Stroke" icon. The Color Picker window is displayed.

Step 5

Change the color spectrum displayed inside the RGB Color Space View by clicking the "R," "G," "B," "L," "a" or "b" radio buttons. R, G and B are red, green and blue color spectra. L is luminance, a is green-red axis and b is blue-yellow axis.

Step 6

Click inside the RGB Color Space View box to select the color you want to apply to the text. You can also click and drag over the box to preview the colors. If you know the RGB values of the color you want to use, input them into the R, G and B fields.

Step 7

Click "OK" to apply the color to the stroke or fill of the text. If you want to save the custom color and use it later, click the "Add RGB Swatch" button before you click "OK." Preview the changes in the document and then save the document by pressing "Ctrl-S" if you are satisfied with the results.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can select different colors for the stroke and fill of the text by double-clicking both the "Stroke" and "Fill" icons in the Color box.
  • If you know the CMYK values of the color, input them into the C, M, Y and K fields in the Color Picker window. Click "OK" to apply the color.
  • If you save the custom color as a swatch, InDesign adds it to the Swatches panel. The name of the new swatch contains the color values of the color.
  • To remove fill or stroke color, select the text, press "F6" and then click the "None" icon in the lower left corner of the Color box. The icon is represented by a white square and a diagonal red line.
  • To apply a color swatch to the text, select the text, click the "Swatches" button in the right toolbox and then click one of the swatches.
  • Copy colors between text boxes using the Eyedropper tool. Select the text you want to edit, select the "Eyedropper" tool from the left toolbox and then click on the object that has the fill and stroke color you want to use to load the eyedropper. Click on the outline of the selected text to apply the stroke of the other object. Click on the fill of the selected text to apply the fill of the other object.