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Changing the color-assignment order

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Changing the color-assignment order

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.

Changing the color-assignment order

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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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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