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Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group

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Video: Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group

In the previous movie we discussed how we actually take our color artwork and convert it to different shades of gray, however I'll tell you that on my own experience I find that by using the regular grayscale conversion or even desaturating colors leaves you with kind of a washed out look and that's simply because each of the colors themselves get translated to different shades of gray. So you usually end up with lots of lighter shades and you don't really get that punchy, contrasty look that you might be going for, so let me share with you yet another way to convert colorized artwork into grayscale form but instead using a grayscale group, you know every time that you create a new document inside of illustrator.

Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group

In the previous movie we discussed how we actually take our color artwork and convert it to different shades of gray, however I'll tell you that on my own experience I find that by using the regular grayscale conversion or even desaturating colors leaves you with kind of a washed out look and that's simply because each of the colors themselves get translated to different shades of gray. So you usually end up with lots of lighter shades and you don't really get that punchy, contrasty look that you might be going for, so let me share with you yet another way to convert colorized artwork into grayscale form but instead using a grayscale group, you know every time that you create a new document inside of illustrator.

I will just show you right here, I am going to press Cmd+N to make a new document. I used a print profile right here and click OK, there is a color group here called grays, it's just simply how much it swatches that are set to like a 100% gray, 100% black, 90, 80, so on and so forth. This grayscale group also appears in other profiles so if I hit Cmd+N now and choose, for example, the Web profile I will also see that there are grays here in this one as well, let me close this document, let's go back to this file here called grayscale2. Notice over here I have this grayscale group loaded inside of the swatch library, now if you have already worked in a document and you've emptied all of different swatches that exist in that file and you no longer have this grays color group inside of your document.

Let me show you a quick way that you can actually get it, you can go over here to the Library menu, go to where it says Defaults Swatches and then choose BASIC CMYK. You will over here that the color group exists and you can simply click on that folder to now bring it into your swatch's library inside of your document and of course you can do the same thing for RGB documents, you will simply load the default basic RGB file. Now once you have this color group loaded inside of your document, we can use it to recolor our artwork. We already know how to use a Recolor Artwork dialog box that allows us to take existing colors and remap them to other colors but if we have a group of grayscale shades, what we can do is we can actually our colors to different values of grayscale and this will give us more control over how the colors actually turn into grays, so let's start out by actually comparing how this might work against other methods.

So I am going to start off by selecting the middle artwork right over here and I'll go to the Edit menu, I'll choose Edit Colors and then Convert to Grayscale so this where I get kind of that washed out version. My original caller is here on the left, my grayscale version which I use by just simply using the command, right now is in the middle and now I am going to select the artwork on the right and let's use the color group now to turn this into a grayscale file. Let's go to the color chip wheel here, I am going to click on it, it opens up the Recolor Artwork dialog box, I am simply going to move it over here to left so I could see what I'm looking at right now on the screen and I am just going to click on the Gray's color group, what's happening is that all my colors right now are being remapped to specific shades of black.

Now what I can do is I can click on the Random button over here to just mix up exactly how those grayscale colors are being remapped to my artwork, but as you can see because I'm dealing with distinct shades over here like a black color and 90% black and an 80% black. I'm getting a much more punchier or contrasty result, now in addition of course I can go back and just reload this. They all get loaded from dark to light but I could manually start to go through like, for example, these are light colors here, I can actually drag a lighter shade of gray to this one.

I can combine these to be a darker shade and maybe bring these up over here, let's take this darker shade and bring it down to this one and now I can customize to, you see here I have a darker color that is going to a light gray, I don't want that so I can this into here. So now I could start to really Recolor Artwork using specific shades of color instead of just converting everything to one wholesale shade of gray. Let's maybe bring this color down over here, we will scroll down my list a more over here, I see that I has some dark colors that I actually going to go into white. Let's actually grab this color right here and this color and move them to there.

Bring these colors together and drag this darker color down here, so now when I click okay, I am going to choose yes to rearrange the order of my color groups. I see a very different result, these are all still using shades of gray but I've created a very high contrast version by using specific shades of gray instead of just turning the whole thing into one conversion, in other words I have much more control over how these colors turn to grayscale, whereas before it's just one wholesale solution. So go ahead and experiment with these different ways of converting color artwork into grayscale.

I think you'll discover that you have a whole new set of options in front of you and you'll get some results that I think might surprise you.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

48 video lessons · 12515 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Adobe Illustrator: A colorful history
      3m 25s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 32m 35s
    1. Getting to know the color models
      9m 5s
    2. Understanding the difference between process and custom colors
      7m 7s
    3. Understanding how the HSB color wheel works
      11m 2s
    4. Working with color harmonies
      5m 21s
  3. 43m 55s
    1. Deconstructing the Color panel
      6m 36s
    2. Working with "phantom" colors
      5m 16s
    3. Defining and using process colors
      6m 15s
    4. Defining and using global process colors
      7m 51s
    5. Defining and using spot colors
      8m 37s
    6. Accessing color libraries
      9m 20s
  4. 46m 22s
    1. Organizing colors into groups
      13m 59s
    2. Creating swatches and groups from artwork
      7m 19s
    3. Removing unused swatches from documents
      3m 48s
    4. Replacing and merging color swatches
      5m 38s
    5. Creating and managing your own color libraries
      6m 10s
    6. Making custom libraries permanent
      2m 50s
    7. Adding custom colors to new documents
      6m 38s
  5. 19m 42s
    1. Accessing Kuler from within Illustrator
      2m 20s
    2. Getting inspiration from the Color Guide panel
      2m 41s
    3. Understanding how the Color Guide works
      3m 58s
    4. Setting limits on the Color Guide
      10m 43s
  6. 40m 54s
    1. Editing color groups with the color wheel
      12m 51s
    2. Breaking down the Recolor Artwork feature
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding what color rows represent
      6m 34s
    4. Protecting black, white, and gray
      6m 24s
    5. Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass
      3m 28s
    6. Randomly changing colors
      3m 21s
  7. 53m 34s
    1. Making global color adjustments
      3m 48s
    2. Remapping colors in an illustration
      6m 13s
    3. Fixing colors in a document
      8m 57s
    4. Understanding color reduction
      13m 29s
    5. Reducing colors intelligently and precisely
      7m 42s
    6. Changing the colors within patterns
      4m 39s
    7. Using color groups to your advantage
      8m 46s
  8. 21m 24s
    1. Converting color to grayscale
      3m 25s
    2. Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group
      4m 45s
    3. Converting grayscale to color
      2m 27s
    4. Finding spot equivalents of process colors
      6m 48s
    5. Producing color matches intelligently
      3m 59s
  9. 16m 26s
    1. Proofing colors for color-blindness
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding book color
      9m 11s
    3. Previewing color separations
      2m 19s
  10. 3m 20s
    1. Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in
      2m 30s
    2. Next steps
      50s

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