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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.
One of the most labor-intensive things you can do as a digital designer is lay down the colors that you intend to use in your artwork. In the last chapter, I showed you how the Color Guide panel alleviates the hassle of assigning colors. But what if you already have a palette of colors arranged inside your artwork, and what you need to do is bring in new artwork and make it match the colors of the existing stuff? That's the job of the re-color artwork feature. Simply put, it changes the colors of lots of objects all at once. Check this out.
All you do is select a bunch of path outlines or groups or whatever, then you click an icon in the Control panel, you link your colors together here, and then you drag them around inside the by-now-familiar color wheel. The interface is a bit elaborate. But it isn't hard to use. And once you know it's there, you'll be using it all the time. Its name is Recolor Artwork, and that's exactly what it does.
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