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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 change the order in which colors are assigned from a Color Group. And I'll demonstrate this feature on this final column of shirts. Now imagine that I want these shirts to be green. Well, I'll go ahead and click on the original Shades of blue group here inside the Swatches panel. and that once again sets it up as a harmony rule here inside the Color Guide panel. Now I'll switch back to Swatches and I'll select green as my key color. And the swatch that makes the most sense to me is this one here: C75, M0, Y100 and K0.
So I'll go ahead and click on it to make it active. Then I'll switch back to the Color Guide panel, you can see is now a key color for this new harmony; and so I'll click on this little icon down here on the lower right corner of the panel in order to save off those shades of green as new a Color Group. Then I'll go back to the Swatch panel, scroll down to the bottom of the list; you'll see this new color group called 'Color Group 1' in my case. Go ahead and click on it to make it active. If you want to rename it, go ahead and choose the Color Group Options command from the Fly-out menu.
And I'll call this one of course Shades of green; not feeling too terribly creative today. So go ahead and click OK and now I'll select these 2 final T-shirts over here on the right-hand side. I'll go ahead and scroll my artwork over once again so that I can keep track of what I'm doing. Now I'll click on the Recolor Artwork icon in order to bring up the Recolor Artwork dialog box; and now I'll click on Shades of green in order to recolor the artwork. And just like that my work is done. But let's say I want to shuffle colors around a little bit here.
Notice these arrows, they are showing that this shade of blue is being mapped to this green right there, which is the first green inside the Group. And then the second blue is being mapped to the second green inside the group and so forth. Notice this last item, this black bar, is not being mapped to any color--hence it does not have an arrowhead. And that's because Illustrator automatically protects blacks and white. If that's not what you want, then go ahead and click on this little Color Reduction Options icon to bring up this dialog box and then turn off in our case the Black checkbox and click OK. And now you'll go ahead and map the black lines in the T-shirts to a dark shade of green.
That's not what I want however, so I am going to go ahead and click on that icon again and turn Black back on and click OK in order to unmap it. If you want unmap any other color, all you have to do is click on one of these arrows. For example, if I don't want to remap this light shade of blue here, I can just click on the arrow to turn it off and now all of those blues remain blue inside of my artwork. If you want to map the color again, just go ahead and click on the arrow to turn it back on. Then you have these icons down here, notice this guy, Randomly change color order, and Randomly change saturation and brightness.
If you click on Randomly change color order, you're just going to remap the colors in a different order. So you're just switching your greens around randomly as they relate to the original blues. And if you click on Randomly change saturation and brightness, then you are going to end up predictably changing the saturation and brightness values across the board. Now if you end up making a mess of your artwork, by the way, there are a couple of different ways to fix things. One is to just go ahead and click on Shades of green again--notice that it's Italic. But if you click on the green bars again, you'll reset the colors to the way they looked before and Shades of green will no longer appear Italic, thereby showing you that no changes have been made.
What if we make a complete mess of things, like I'll click on the Brights' group here in order to apply this hideous Color scheme here, and then let's say I'll switch over to the Edit panel and I make some more very terrifying adjustments like so. And then it occurs to me that this is an unmitigated disaster. Well, you don't really have an Undo inside this dialog box, but you do have a Revert, and you get to it in a kind of weird way. You click on this little eyedropper icon right here, which might make you think you actually do something with it, like it's a tool. And it does say Get colors from selected art.
But what really does is it reverts the colors to their original appearance. Then you switch back to Assign, click on Shades of green to apply it, and go on your merry way. Now what I want to do is I want to swap the green of the bottom T-shirt with the green of the top T-shirt, both inside the T-shirt and where the folds are concerned as well. So I need to find them using this little magnifying glass icon here. So I'll click on it, and notice that automatically turns off the Recolor Art checkbox by the way.
Now this color is assigned to the top letters; I want to leave it alone. And this color here is assigned to the bottom letters. Whereas this color is the interior of the bottom shirt and this color right here I believe is the interior of the top shirt. So I need to swap those two. And then this color here is the folds of bottom shirt and this color here is the folds of the top shirt, so I want to swap them as well. And you do that by dragging the greens around. So first of all turn off the magnifying glass there, and then I want to grab this guy and switch him with that guy, so I'll just drag and drop and then I'll go ahead and switch those two with each other.
And then I want to do the same with this green and this one. Now I'll go ahead and swap them with each other as well. So you have this high degree of control over exactly how these colors are mapped. All right, now I want to make one more modification to the color of the top folds, and I believe if I grab my magnifying glass once again and click on this bar--yes, that's them--so I need to change this Shade of green right there. I'll now click on magnifying glass again to turn it off, with that green selected. I'll go ahead and reduce the brightness value, not quite that much, may be to right about there, let's try that. And I'll increase the Saturation as well until I get this effect.
So once I'm happy with the appearance of these colors, I'll go ahead and click OK. Again, Illustrator is going to ask me if I want to go ahead and save my changes to that Swatch group, Shades of green this time, before closing. I don't want to do that. So I'll just go ahead and click on the No button, and that leaves Color group alone. However, it still ends up re-coloring the artwork. All right, now I'll go ahead and press Shift+Tab to hide my panels and press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac, in order to center out my artwork.
And there you have it, my bold new T-shirt colors, thanks to my ability to automatically recolor artwork in many different ways, here inside Illustrator.
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