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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
When it comes to finding inspiration around color we know that we can use the Color Guide panel inside of Illustrator. By clicking on any of the colors already that exist inside of my Swatches panel the Color Guide will automatically generate harmonious colors based on the color harmony that I choose. In this way I can easily find colors that may work inside of my Illustration. But in reality, the technology that Adobe developed for this particular color guide feature is something that Adobe also put into an online feature called Kuler. Now you may already be familiar with the Kuler website, you can find it at kuler.adobe.com and Kuler is spelled K-U -L-E-R. In fact, I'll jump over here to my web browser and show you that right now I'm logged into Kuler, it's a free service to use and you can see that I can go ahead and I can create my own color themes almost the same that I was using with the Edit tab inside of the Recolor Artwork dialog box.
I could choose a different rule or harmony and I can also spin these colors around the wheel to generate a whole bunch of interesting colors. One of the great things about Kuler being a website is that other designers can also create colors and publish them so that we can find them. In fact, if I go back to the Themes tab here for a minute, I can go to the Search field and let's say I'm trying to look for colors for a particular floral illustration. So I'll type in flowers here and then I'll search on that and I could now find colors that other designers have created using those tags. But here is the really cool thing. You don't actually have to be here in the Kuler website to find those colors. We could find them directly inside of Illustrator.
Let's switch back into Illustrator here, I'm going to go to the Window menu and choose Extensions, Kuler. That's going to open up a panel here inside of Illustrator which actually gives me direct access to the Kuler website. For example, if I wanted to search for flowers, type in flowers in the Find field, then click OK and now I'm simply going to go ahead and get a result from all designers in the world who have published different color themes that have used the tag of flowers. For example, let's say I like this one here called Lily flower, I can click on it and then with one click of a button I can now add it to my Swatches panel.
If I look at my Swatches panel I see that I just added that particular color group to my document. Now Kuler itself has a whole bunch of extra functionality inside of it that is beyond the scope of this particular title, but I do have another title called Kuler Essentials Training and if you are interested in learning more about Kuler definitely check that out.
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