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Converting artwork to grayscale


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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Mordy Golding

Video: Converting artwork to grayscale

In an ironic twist, one of the most common types of color adjustment that designers need to make inside of Illustrator involves the removing of color. For example, when we need to take a full color document like I have right here and convert it to grayscale. Now, if your document contains gradients or patterns or symbols, that may be a very tedious process. However, with the Recolor Artwork feature inside of Illustrator that only can we do in one step, but we have a variety of different ways to make that process happen. In this video, I'll show you three specific ways to do that. First, I'm going to select all of artwork, I'm going to choose Command+A on the Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows. I'll go to the Edit menu, I'll choose Edit Colors and then I'll choose over here Convert to Grayscale. So there it is just one step, pretty simple, pretty easy.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics
9h 42m Intermediate Apr 03, 2009

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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing artwork both automatically and manually
  • Mapping artwork to complex 3D surfaces
  • Using pressure-sensitive distortion tools
  • Recoloring artwork across a document
  • Using Excel data to create charts and graphs
  • Understanding how transparency really works
  • Creating high-quality, press-ready PDFs
  • Building efficient files with graphic styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Converting artwork to grayscale

In an ironic twist, one of the most common types of color adjustment that designers need to make inside of Illustrator involves the removing of color. For example, when we need to take a full color document like I have right here and convert it to grayscale. Now, if your document contains gradients or patterns or symbols, that may be a very tedious process. However, with the Recolor Artwork feature inside of Illustrator that only can we do in one step, but we have a variety of different ways to make that process happen. In this video, I'll show you three specific ways to do that. First, I'm going to select all of artwork, I'm going to choose Command+A on the Mac or Ctrl+A on Windows. I'll go to the Edit menu, I'll choose Edit Colors and then I'll choose over here Convert to Grayscale. So there it is just one step, pretty simple, pretty easy.

Now, I want to show you the other two possible methods as well only because it gives you the ability to control different aspects of that conversion. So, I'm going to press Undo, go back to our full color version here and with all my artwork selected, I'm now going to go and choose to open up the Recolor Artwork feature by clicking on the Recolor Artwork button here in the control panel. Now, I don't need to worry about colors and so on and so forth because I'm simply going to convert all this to grayscale and I'll do that by using one of the Global Adjust settings. So I'll click on this little pop-up down over here and I'll choose Global Adjust, it doesn't make a difference if I'm in the Assign tab or the Edit tab because those are both available at the bottom of the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now what I want to focus on here is the Saturation slider, by reducing the saturation of my document I'm actually removing the color and I'm turning everything into a neutral color till it grays.

So, I'll just click on this slider right here and drag it all the way to the left where it's -100. In doing so when I release the mouse you will see that everything becomes black and white. Now depending on your artwork you may see better results in this method as opposed to the other method we have done so far which simply use that one click option of converting things to grayscale. Let me click Cancel here and I'll show you one other way that you could use the Recolor Artwork feature inside of Illustrator to convert your artwork to grayscale. This way while it's little bit more complex, it does give you more control of what you can get with this conversion. I'll start over here by opening up the dock here and I'm going to focus on the Swatches panel here, I actually want to load some additional color groups to my document.

Now, if I'm working with a regular plain document by default Illustrator adds a grayscale version of a group. Since I don't have that in this particular document, I'm going to go over here to this button called Swatch Libraries menu, I'll chose to load Default Swatches and I'll choose Basic CMYK. You can see over here there is a color group which is called Grays. I'm going to take that entire folder right here, click and drag it here to add it to my document. So now you can see that the Grays color group has been added to my Swatches panel. I can close this panel right now. I don't need it anymore. I just needed to make sure that these got into my particular document.

So, now what I'll do is with all my artwork selected, I'll choose once again to open the Recolor Artwork dialog box and I'll have Illustrator remap all my colors to that gray color group. Now, the reason why I have more control over this is because now I'm able to map a specific color to a specific shade of gray and I can click on the button over here to randomly change the color order so I could experiment with different possible ways this can be converted to grayscale. Likewise I can click and drag on any color to adjust specifically how that she gets switched. So, there you have it, three possible ways to convert your full color artwork into grayscale version. And it doesn't make a difference what your artwork is made of with of course the sole exception of placed images. However, if you are working with artwork created inside of Illustrator, you can easily convert it to these different shades of gray always by going to the Edit menu and choosing to Convert to Grayscale, by desaturating your image or by converting all of your colors to a specific group made up entirely of gray colors.

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