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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
In this movie I'll show you how to re-color gradients inside of Illustrator. And the idea is that we're taking these four hands that are clenching these four arms in a spirit of brotherhood, solidarity and teamwork, and we're re-coloring the artwork like so. And the reasoning comes from the song Everyday People by Sly & the Family Stone. There's a line that goes there's a blue one who can't accept a blue one. And so I figured because we're all actually orange, that we'd get some more colorful dudes in there. Here's how it works. I'm going to go ahead and switch over to my artwork so far, and I'm going to select this top arm as you see here.
And you want to make sure, if you're working along with me, that you have the swatches panel open and that you can see the full content of the gradient panel, like so. And I'm just going to go ahead and drag this horizontal bar right there, so that we have more room inside the swatch's panel. Because otherwise, it has a habit of auto-scrolling, which is kind of a pain in the neck. This guy wants to be the green arm. So take this shade of green right there, R140 G198 B63 which is one of your default colors. And go ahead and drag it and drop it onto this first color stop just like so.
And, then, go ahead and drag the dark green R0 G104 B55 and drag it and drop it onto this last color stop in order to achieve this effect. Next, you want to select the left hand arm. And we want to make it a lighter shade of pale right here. So what we're going to do is take this lightest, saturated brown which is R198 G156 B109 and drag it and drop it onto the first color stop.
It will make the darkest color much lighter by grabbing this color, R140 G98 B57, down and dropping it into place as well. Now obviously you can go your own way, this is just a scheme I've come up with. And then next what you want to do, because we've got two hand shapes right there, recall, but we not only have the hand in front, but we also have the arm in back. I'll go ahead and undo that move by pressing Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on a Mac. What you want to do is marquee these two shapes, right about here, using the black arrow tools.
So both the hand and the arm are selected. And then, go up to this shade of blue, R41 G171 B226, drag it and drop it onto the first color stop. And then grab this very dark shade of blue R27 G20 D100 and drag it and drop it onto the final color stop and you'll arrive at this color scheme here. Now I also wanted to add a color for the background. So I'll go ahead and click off the hands to deselect them and then I'll press control minus, or command minus on the Mac, in order to zoom out.
This is going to be a full bleed, so I need to add a bleed to my artwork by clicking on the document setup button here on the control panel. And make sure that this chain icon is turned on so all of the bleed values are linked together and then, go ahead and change the bleed value to 0.25in Like so. And then when you press the tab key you'll see that the value updates to 18 points. At which point, go ahead and click OK in order to create that bleed. We can't see it because the guides are hidden. So press Ctrl+; or Cmd+; on the mac to bring those guides back.
Now let's create a new layer behind the arm layer by pressing Ctrol+Alt+l or Cmd+Opt+l on the mac and you can see that creates a new layer behind it and just go ahead and call this layer, let's say, backdrop and click OK. And now go up to the view menu and turn on your smart guides if they're not on already. And then go ahead and select the rectangle tool and you want to drag from this upper left corner. You should see the word intersect right there on the bleed. Go ahead and drag from the upper left down to the lower right like so, in order to create what is probably going to be a blue gradient rectangle.
Then, go up to the control panel, to the second swatch, which represents the stroke and set it to none. And then click on the first swatch right here, and set it to this purple, R102 G45 B145 in order to produce this effect here. And now I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+; or Cmd+; on a Mac, to hide those guys. I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Cmd+Shift+A on a Mac, in order to deselect my artwork. And I'll press Ctrl+plus, or Cmd+plus on a Mac, to zoom on in. And here, folks, is my more whimsical color scheme, created in large part by swapping out colors in a few existing gradients here inside Illustrator.
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