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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.
So we've seen examples where we can take artwork that already is in color and convert it into different shades of gray, however how many times have you been faced with the exact reverse, you have artwork that's grayscale and now you want to convert it to a colorized version. That is something that actually is quite common when you're dealing with charts and graphs inside of illustrator, because by default whenever illustrator generates a chart it uses different shades of gray to denote each of the different categories. What's great about the Recolor Artwork feature inside of illustrator is that it simply lists all the colors that exist in your file and each shade of gray shows up as a different item in each of the Color rose meaning I have the ability to easily change different shades of gray into different distinct colors.
The same way that I could turn one set of colors into another set, so again as long as I have some way to differentiate different shades, I have the ability to convert those different shades into anything that I want. In this case I would want to convert them into colors I mean, the chart right now does not look that interesting, it's all different shades of gray. But what I'll do is I will simply use my regular selection tool to click and select the graph because the graph is a large group here and I'll come to the color chip wheel here, it has open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box, I will it move it here to the side.
You will see that if I just simply click on the color group here called flowers, illustrator automatically remaps all those colors to the different shades of gray. Now one thing that I will also point out over here is that you can see that all the colors are of course added in the order in which they appear inside of the color group. But right now my current colors here are kind of listed from darker colors to lighter colors; you will notice there is a little icon right over here next to the word new. Right now, it says Custom, this means that the order in which the new colors are added to my artwork appear in the order in which they appear inside of the group.
But I could choose lightness, for example, dark to light, so my darker colors get put on top and my lighter colors get put on the bottom and now it looks a little bit more easier to read because I have my number's and my other values that were darker shades of gray that now have become the darker colors. So it's another quick way for me to take my color group and assign colors using a different method so, I can now click okay and I will choose to click yes over here to save my color group changes and you can see that now with one click of a mouse I have taken artwork that was started out as grayscale and now has become filled with color.
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