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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.
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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