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Illustrator has allowed designers to use color in their designs since version `88, even though at that time, most designers could only afford grayscale monitors for their computers, but even though you were able to use colors since the early days of Illustrator, it wasn't always that easy to actually work with color. For example, if you were creating colorful artwork that was going to print using four-color process, but at the last minute decided to print using two spot colors instead, you'd be facing hours of manual work using features like select same fill color, or select same stroke color and making changes on an object by object basis.
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  1. 8m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Adobe Illustrator: A colorful history
      3m 25s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
    5. Accessing Kuler from within Illustrator
      2m 20s
  2. 35m 16s
    1. Getting to know the color models
      9m 5s
    2. Understanding the difference between process and custom colors
      7m 7s
    3. Understanding how the HSB color wheel works
      11m 2s
    4. Working with color harmonies
      5m 21s
    5. Getting inspiration from the Color Guide panel
      2m 41s
  3. 47m 53s
    1. Deconstructing the Color panel
      6m 36s
    2. Working with "phantom" colors
      5m 16s
    3. Defining and using process colors
      6m 15s
    4. Defining and using global process colors
      7m 51s
    5. Defining and using spot colors
      8m 37s
    6. Accessing color libraries
      9m 20s
    7. Understanding how the Color Guide works
      3m 58s
  4. 57m 5s
    1. Organizing colors into groups
      13m 59s
    2. Creating swatches and groups from artwork
      7m 19s
    3. Removing unused swatches from documents
      3m 48s
    4. Replacing and merging color swatches
      5m 38s
    5. Creating and managing your own color libraries
      6m 10s
    6. Making custom libraries permanent
      2m 50s
    7. Adding custom colors to new documents
      6m 38s
    8. Setting limits on the Color Guide
      10m 43s
  5. 19m 42s
    1. Accessing Kuler from within Illustrator
      2m 20s
    2. Getting inspiration from the Color Guide panel
      2m 41s
    3. Understanding how the Color Guide works
      3m 58s
    4. Setting limits on the Color Guide
      10m 43s
  6. 40m 54s
    1. Editing color groups with the color wheel
      12m 51s
    2. Breaking down the Recolor Artwork feature
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding what color rows represent
      6m 34s
    4. Protecting black, white, and gray
      6m 24s
    5. Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass
      3m 28s
    6. Randomly changing colors
      3m 21s
  7. 53m 34s
    1. Making global color adjustments
      3m 48s
    2. Remapping colors in an illustration
      6m 13s
    3. Fixing colors in a document
      8m 57s
    4. Understanding color reduction
      13m 29s
    5. Reducing colors intelligently and precisely
      7m 42s
    6. Changing the colors within patterns
      4m 39s
    7. Using color groups to your advantage
      8m 46s
  8. 21m 24s
    1. Converting color to grayscale
      3m 25s
    2. Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group
      4m 45s
    3. Converting grayscale to color
      2m 27s
    4. Finding spot equivalents of process colors
      6m 48s
    5. Producing color matches intelligently
      3m 59s
  9. 16m 26s
    1. Proofing colors for color-blindness
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding book color
      9m 11s
    3. Previewing color separations
      2m 19s
  10. 3m 20s
    1. Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in
      2m 30s
    2. Next steps
      50s

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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork
5h 4m Intermediate Jul 20, 2011

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This installment of Illustrator Insider Training shows an expert's approach to color choice and control in Illustrator. Mordy Golding guides experienced designers and artists through what he sees are the three stages of applying color to artwork: creation, inspiration, and editing. The course also shows how to build art in a way that allows artists to make changes quickly and how to take advantage of the newer features that have been added to Illustrator over the recent versions.

Topics include:
  • Getting to know the color models
  • Defining and using process and spot colors
  • Creating swatches and groups
  • Managing a color library
  • Getting inspiration from Adobe Kuler
  • Setting limits on the Color Guide
  • Protecting black, white, and grey
  • Making global color adjustments
  • Reducing colors
  • Converting to grayscale
  • Proofing colors
  • Previewing color separations
Subjects:
Design Color
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Adobe Illustrator: A colorful history

Illustrator has allowed designers to use color in their designs since version `88, even though at that time, most designers could only afford grayscale monitors for their computers, but even though you were able to use colors since the early days of Illustrator, it wasn't always that easy to actually work with color. For example, if you were creating colorful artwork that was going to print using four-color process, but at the last minute decided to print using two spot colors instead, you'd be facing hours of manual work using features like select same fill color, or select same stroke color and making changes on an object by object basis.

It was also difficult to change colors that were found inside of patterns, gradients, gradient mesh objects, and symbols. In essence, working with color in Illustrator was often an exercise in frustration. So with the release of Illustrator CS3, Adobe set out to make working with color are more rewarding experience addressing two specific areas of color workflow that designers often struggle with the most, choosing colors and editing colors. Let's explore these two challenges in detail.

When working on a project, designers will often choose colors that work well with each other in an effort to develop a color palette. In larger organizations color palettes may already exist, such as corporate color guidelines, or seasonal colors that a fashion designer must pick from. Often these colors are then organized into pairings or groupings. For example, a fashion designer may create color waves or a collection of colors that are used within a single pattern or print. To help with jobs like these, Adobe gave Illustrator the ability to offer suggestions to designers about which colors might work well with each other.

In addition, Adobe added the ability to create color groups allowing designers to organize color more easily. Adobe even created a free web service called Kuler, which allows designers to share color themes and become inspired by the color combinations that others have created. While trying to find a nice color theme for a design can be difficult and even harder challenges officially changing or modifying colors within a design. Throughout a project color decisions can change quickly and often based on feedback from clients, creative directors, and art directors, or just because the designer is constantly improving on the design.

Sometimes you know specifically what colors you want to change while other times, you might just want to experiment with a variety of different color combinations to see what works best. To help with this challenge, Adobe included a powerful engine with an Illustrator that in essence allows you to separate the color from the rest of the document. This eliminated the need to use functions like select same fill, rather, you could simply tell Illustrator to find one color and replace it with another. Even better, to find multiple colors and replace them with a group of different colors all at once.

These new capabilities made it easy to experiment with color, no matter how colors were created or how they were used within your documents, in patterns, symbols, gradients, gradient meshes, or what have you. Taking advantage of this powerful color engine that was added in Illustrator CS3, we can take the use of color to new heights and that's what this course, Illustrator Insider Training Coloring Artwork is all about.

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