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Creating global process swatches

From: Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

Video: Creating global process swatches

When you are working with swatches it's important to know that there are different types of swatches. Let's take a look at some of the swatches that we have created until this point. There is a little bit of a workflow issue when you start to use them. For example, I'm using this document called global_swatches; you can find it inside of Chapter 10 of your exercise files. I have several pieces of artwork in my document and I also have several swatches that I have already created. So I'm going to go ahead and color some of these objects with these particular colors. I'll select these first two wetsuits and color them blue, then I go ahead and I'll select these two over here; may be we will color those red, my favorite color yellow, and then I'll go ahead and select all these here and choose the green color.

Creating global process swatches

When you are working with swatches it's important to know that there are different types of swatches. Let's take a look at some of the swatches that we have created until this point. There is a little bit of a workflow issue when you start to use them. For example, I'm using this document called global_swatches; you can find it inside of Chapter 10 of your exercise files. I have several pieces of artwork in my document and I also have several swatches that I have already created. So I'm going to go ahead and color some of these objects with these particular colors. I'll select these first two wetsuits and color them blue, then I go ahead and I'll select these two over here; may be we will color those red, my favorite color yellow, and then I'll go ahead and select all these here and choose the green color.

So now I have gone ahead and I have changed these colors. Now, let's say I decide at some point that I want those green to be a darker shade of green, maybe I want to create more of a deeper kind of green color. So what I might do is go over to the Swatches panel; and if you are familiar with other applications, like for example, Adobe InDesign or maybe Quark Express, or other drawing applications, you might understand the fact that you can actually edit a swatch and then see those colors change in your file. Well, again, it depends on the kind of swatches that you create inside of Illustrator. Let's take a look. I'm going to double click here on this green swatch; it's called Green, and I'm going to change some of the values here. For example, I'm going to bump up the Cyan to about 95, and what I'll do is I'll add some black in here as well, maybe around 25% black. So now we get a much deeper kind of green. I'm going to go ahead and click OK.

Now, notice that the swatch itself changed in colors, however the artwork that I have on my artboard, that I have colored with that particular swatch, did not update, this is still the brighter green color not the darker green that I have just created here in the Swatches panel. In order for me to actually update the artwork I need to now select those pieces of artwork and reapply the color once again using the swatch. That's why swatches work inside of Illustrator with the default swatch setting. Basically, you have to think of the swatches that exist over here as cans of paint. When you are working with regular traditional paint, you take your paintbrush, you dip that paintbrush into the can of paint and then you paint the object. However, if you were to go ahead now and add some more color and mix a new color in that paint can, that doesn't affect the color of the object that you have painted with it, it only change the color of the paint that's currently inside of the paint can.

So you have to think of swatches basically as these individual cans of paint, but there is no connection between what you have here in the Swatches panel and the artwork that you have already colored on your artboard. So how can you tell Illustrator to actually update the artwork as you update the swatches? Well, that's where a different type of swatch comes into play, something called a global swatch. So I'm going to press Undo twice to return the swatch back to its original bright green color. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to double click over here on the green color, and I'm going to check this button here called Global. I'm going to click OK.

I'm also going to go ahead and do the same thing for the remaining swatches here; open up the yellow swatch, check that one to be Global. Let's go ahead to the red swatch, make that one Global, and again, the blue swatch here, and make that one Global. The first thing that you notice when I go ahead and I check that button that the swatches now look little bit different. Before they were just a solid square of color, now they have like a little white triangle in the lower right hand corner. That identifies these swatches as global process swatches. Let's now reapply the color. I'm going to select these two shapes here and choose that particular swatch. I'm now going to go ahead and choose these two and apply the red swatch. Let's go ahead and select these, apply the yellow one, and here finally apply the green swatch.

So now what I have done is I have created global color swatches inside of Illustrator, and I have now applied the global swatch to these objects. So now without me having to select any objects, if I want to change the shade of green now inside of Illustrator, I could simply come over here and double click on the green swatch, make that same change here; say 95% Cyan, tab down to the black section here and type in 25, click OK, and now you will notice that that change did happen on the artboard. When you create a global swatch inside of Illustrator what you are doing is you are telling Illustrator that there should now be some kind of memorization or link that's been created now between the artwork on your artboard and the swatch in the Swatches panel. Basically now a global swatch allows me to make a change here in the Swatches panel and wherever that color is used inside of your document it gets updated as well. This closely matches the behaviors of seeing Ph) (I've seen in) an applications like InDesign, for example.

From a pure workflow perspective you do want to go ahead and use global swatches throughout a document because that allows you to make changes all at once throughout an entire document. Otherwise you would need to go in and select every object and then you would have to take advantage of some of the selection capabilities inside of Illustrator; for example, Select Same Color or use the Magic Wand tool, so on and so forth, to get at those colors, whereas in Illustrator when you use global swatches, you don't even have to select any artwork at all, simply go ahead and update the swatch and the artwork adjust accordingly. People who are in pre-press production or art production really like the fact of using these global swatches, because it allows them to make changes throughout an entire file with just a few clicks.

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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