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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.
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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