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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In this movie, I will show you how to reverse the colors of the T-shirt on right, so it's a dark T-shirt with light trim. And I will also show you how to switch out the background so that it's all tints and shades of a single swatch, as in the case of this final version of the artwork here. All right, so I will switch back to the art that I created in the previous movie, and then I will bring up my right side panels by pressing Shift+Tab, and I'll lock down the backdrop layer in order to protect it. And then I will press Shift+Tab again in order to hide the panels and I will marquee the shirt like so, in order to select all of its objects.
Doesn't look like it's selected because I had hidden my selection edges, so I will press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to bring them back. Now I will click on Recolor Artwork icon in order to bring up the Recolor Art dialog box. I am going to make some very quick modifications here. I am going to drag this color up to this bar right there, so that's going to switch out those two, and then I will grab that same color swatch and I will switch it out with a top one in order to create this effect here. So in each case, Illustrator is swapping those colors with each other.
Now the only remaining problem is that the text here should be dark instead of light. And I want it to be darker than the T-shift surface itself, which is this top color right here, so you can see that I have gone ahead and switched my CMYK values, which are 45, 60, 80, 40, just need to remember that. Now I will click on this lighter brown in order to select it and I will dial in those same first three color values: 45 for Cyan, 60 for Magenta, and 80 for Yellow, and then I will crank the Black value up to 70% in order to produce this effect here. And now I will click OK.
So as you can see, Re-coloring Artwork becomes a pretty simple operation after a while. All right, now I want to recolor the background behind the left hand shirt. So I will press Shift+Tab in order to bring back my right side panels, and this time I am going to lock the brown Ts layer, and then I am going to unlock the backdrop layer. And now I will press Shift+Tab again in order to hide that panel and I will marquee across the artboard like so in order to select the background paths on the first artboard only. And then I will once again click in the Recolor Artwork icon and I will move the dialog box over to the right, so I can see what I am doing.
Now this time I want to work with a specific shade of green and it happens to be this second swatch inside of the Bird of Paradise group. So I will go ahead and select that group to make it active. This is an example of a case in which I have selected a Color group that has far more colors in it than does the selected artwork. However, I want fewer colors still. I just want this Shade of green and that's it, so I am going to drag it up and swap it with that Shade of red right there, and then I am going to change Colors from Auto to 1.
Now you need to decide how Illustrator is calculating the different tints and shades. Now by default it's creating tints of this base color only; that is to say, lighter versions of the color, but not darker. And the only reason we are retaining the darkness around the border is because Black is protected. However, you can change that. So if you hover next to this little collection of colors, you will see a down-pointing arrowhead; go ahead and click on it and you'll see these various options that you can choose from. Now by default Scale Tints is selected, but let me show you what's going on with all of these.
I will select Exact, which means that you are going to boil all of the colors down to a single color and that's it, the one color swatch. But you are not going to see it happen on the fly, which is a little bit frustrating in my opinion. What you have to do is click off the menu in order to apply the settings. So you can now see everything but black is turning to that one shade of green. If you want to preserve the tints inside of the existing colors--that is preserve the relative brightness differences--then you'd select the second option and click off of it in order to apply it. But notice now that we have very little distinction between these shapes right here--you may not even be able to see them--and the background green.
Whereas, if you go ahead and scale the tints, then you are going to create more distance between those tint values, so I will go ahead and select that third option and then click off of it and you can see that these guys right here show up a lot better. Now the other two remaining options here are dimmed unless you turn off Preserve Spot Colors. Now this may seem weird, because this document doesn't contain any spot colors. But the idea is that were I using Spot colors, then I would not be able to change the shades of those spot colors-- in other words, make them darker--nor would I be able to shift the Hues.
But if you are working inside of a document that's strictly CMYK, then feel free to turn that checkbox off and then you have those two more options available. So if I select Tints and Shades and once again click off the menu, then I am going to get some darker colors, as you can see here, darker variations on that green. And then if I select Hue+Shift and click off, then I am going to get a little bit of Hue variations going on as well. I am not looking for the Hue variations for this one, so I will just go ahead and choose Tints and Shades, click off in order to see the Preview. Looks great, and then click OK to apply your change.
Now at this point Illustrator is going to ask me if I want to update the group Bird of Paradise; that would be a terrible idea. So I will go ahead and click on the No button. However that still goes ahead and re-colors my artwork, as I can see, if I deselect it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac. And that's how you distill selected artwork down to tints and shades of a single color swatch, here inside Illustrator.
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