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This installment of Illustrator Insider Training shows an expert's approach to color choice and control in Illustrator. Mordy Golding guides experienced designers and artists through what he sees are the three stages of applying color to artwork: creation, inspiration, and editing. The course also shows how to build art in a way that allows artists to make changes quickly and how to take advantage of the newer features that have been added to Illustrator over the recent versions.
While it's great to be working inside of this big world of color there are many times when we actually can only print our file using black so we need to sometimes convert artwork that already uses many colors into something called grayscale just different shades of gray that perhaps represent all these different shades of color. Now using a technology that exists inside of illustrator we actually have a variety of different ways to go about converting color to gray scale and in this movie I want to share two of them with you, one of them is pretty much a one click solution, simply select all of your artwork I am going to press Command+A, I am on a Mac, if you are Windows, that will be Ctrl+A, then go to the edit menu, choose edit colors and then choose convert to grayscale.
When you do that you'll see that all of your artwork now gets converted to different shades of gray. Now illustrator actually has had this command for many...many years however up until illustrator CS3, when Adobe added this new color engine, that function didn't work on things like radiance or patterns or symbols. However, this command works on everything with the exception of course of images. If you want to go ahead and convert images to grayscale that's something that you still need to do inside of a program like Photoshop. However, this is a real, quick and dirty way to just simply get your color artwork into grayscale form.
I am going to press Cmd+Z to undo, because I want to show you yet another method of converting color artwork into grayscale and to do that we are going to use the Recolor Artwork dialog box. So with all my artwork still selected I am going to click on the color chip wheel to open up Recolor Artwork and let's look at the edit side of the dialog here for just a moment, remember that right now illustrator is displaying all the colors that appear inside of my artwork as these little circles that are mapped onto the wheel of color. We also know just a little bit more about how this color wheel works.
Colors that appear in the center of the circle are completely desaturated, in other words that means that I've added enough white to my color to completely obliterate the color itself, all I am left with is a total value or the brightness value that's left inside of that color, so if you think about it if I were to take all of my colors here and completely desaturate them. I would just be left with their brightness values or in reality just different shades of black, now of course you would be very tedious of me so now I have to go to each of my colors and perform this function but I can use the Global Settings to do this for me.
I will come over here to this pop up right here and I'll choose to switch to the global adjust settings and notice over here I have a saturation slider, if I drag the slider to the right I start adding saturation to my color. Notice that all the circles start moving to the outside of the color wheel there but if I click and drag it to the left I am desaturating my color. See how they are all being drawn to the center, if I go all the way to the left I've completely desaturated my artwork and all I am left with right now are the brightness values, so I click OK by desaturating my artwork, I've now gotten a grayscale conversion that I can now work with.
You know many of you might be familiar with this method inside of Photoshop, a quick and easy way to actually get a grayscale version of your photo inside of Photoshop, it's just simply desaturated photo and we're doing the exact same thing here inside of illustrator. So there is a two quick methods to get grayscale versions of your artwork, either simply convert everything to grayscale or use the desaturate setting which is part of the global adjust is inside of the Recolor Artwork dialog box.
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