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Color palette tips and tricks

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Video: Color palette tips and tricks

All right in this exercise we're going to assign the actual real desired color to this circle that I've selected inside of the Ton-po shapes.ai file that's available to you inside the 05_Fill and strokes Folder. And along the way, as we assign the proper color here, I'm going to show you a few tips and tricks that I think you're going to want to be aware of here when dialing your own colors. Some I'm going to Shift-click on this swatch here, the first watch here inside of the Control palette, in order to bring up the Color palette and notice I'm looking at the RGB colors right now. You can switch between Grayscale, which just gives you a black slider and allows you to dial in a shade of gray.

Color palette tips and tricks

All right in this exercise we're going to assign the actual real desired color to this circle that I've selected inside of the Ton-po shapes.ai file that's available to you inside the 05_Fill and strokes Folder. And along the way, as we assign the proper color here, I'm going to show you a few tips and tricks that I think you're going to want to be aware of here when dialing your own colors. Some I'm going to Shift-click on this swatch here, the first watch here inside of the Control palette, in order to bring up the Color palette and notice I'm looking at the RGB colors right now. You can switch between Grayscale, which just gives you a black slider and allows you to dial in a shade of gray.

You've got RGB, we've seen that. You've got HSB, which is hue, saturation and brightness. I'll go ahead and switch to that for a moment. The hue is basically the rainbow color, you can see this little rainbow slider right there, and I'll make it more vivid by tweaking up the saturation value. Saturation determines how vivid or how gray the color is. And then brightness determines how light or how dark it is. It's just another way of assigning colors inside of Illustrator, typically best used when you're working inside of an RGB document and you're going to screen. We're not, so probably not the best way to work. We've got CMYK, saw that. We've got Web Safe RGB, which is just the Web safe palette, that Web safe palette that's ensured to work just as well on either a Mac or a PC or any other platform that, with the computer that can only display 256 colors. You don't see folks use the Web Safe RGB palette nearly like they used to in the dim old days of the Web.

I want to switch from RGB to CMYK and I can switch to CMYK just by choosing it or here's a little trick you might want to be aware of. Notice this spectrum bar down here at the bottom of the palette, that allows you just to click on a color in order to select it. Well, if you Shift-click on that bar then you'll switch to a different color model. You'll cycle through the color models in the list, and by Shift-clicking I went from HSB to CMYK, which is exactly what I wanted. Now I'm going to go ahead and select my cyan value, and I'm going to dial in 0, because I don't want any cyan, and then I'm going to tab, I'm going to press the Tab key, to advance the next value. Another little trick for you to be aware of.

I'm going to enter 10, or by the way I could also nudge this value up if I wanted to from the keyboard. Notice that. Or nudge it down. I'm pressing the up and down arrow keys. If you want to nudge it in 10% increments you press Shift along with one of these arrow keys. So notice that takes you to the nearest 10% increment by pressing Shift and the up or down arrow. Next I'm going to tab to yellow, change it to 25, tab to the black, change it to 25 as well and we get a nice, cool sort of terra-cotta color going on there. So a low saturation color that I think is better suited to this ancient 260-day Aztec calendar. Next I want to dial in the stroke color, and there's a couple different ways to switch to stroke. One is to Shift-click on the stroke icon here inside the Control palette, so that I'm still working inside of the drop-down Color palette here.

Or I could click on the stroke icon here inside the Color palette all the way over here in the upper right corner of the screen. You can also switch between these colors, between emphasis that is, switch focus between the fill and stroke by pressing the X key. Notice how those guys switch back- and-forth that way when you press the X key. And if you press Shift+X, you swap them like that. There's Shift+X for you. Okay, just something to be aware of. All right now that I've got my stroke active I can go ahead and click on black, click on this little black guy right there, in order to zero out the CM and Y values and set the K value to 100%.

Just one other thing to note, if I click, notice if I click inside the CMYK spectrum, I would just go ahead and lift a color for this stroke, but if I Alt-click inside of the spectrum, I'll go ahead and Alt-click or Option-click on a yellow color here, I assign it to the opposite attribute, to the inactive attribute, in this case fill. So yet another way to work. And of course since I just went and obliterated my good colors, note that you can undo color applications inside of Illustrator by pressing Control+Z, Control+Z a couple of times in a row in my case. Command+Z, Command+Z a couple of times in a row on the Macintosh for you Macintosh people. So we've finally done it. We've gone ahead and assigned the proper CMYK values to this circle right here. We're going to do lots more coloring starting in the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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