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Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

Video: Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass

The Recolor Artwork function inside of illustrator is a great way to actually make changes of colors to your artwork, however, if you have a lot of colors going on inside of your artwork, it can sometimes be hard to find where those colors are actually being used, especially for someone like myself who can sometimes find it hard to make distinctions between colors, because I'm colorblind. I appreciate any kind of feature that will help me find where colors are used inside of my document. Let's take a look at how we can use the Recolor Artwork feature to actually do this.

Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass

The Recolor Artwork function inside of illustrator is a great way to actually make changes of colors to your artwork, however, if you have a lot of colors going on inside of your artwork, it can sometimes be hard to find where those colors are actually being used, especially for someone like myself who can sometimes find it hard to make distinctions between colors, because I'm colorblind. I appreciate any kind of feature that will help me find where colors are used inside of my document. Let's take a look at how we can use the Recolor Artwork feature to actually do this.

I am actually going to start by selecting all of my artwork here, because I want to identify colors across all the artwork inside of my document. The Recolor Artwork dialog box is quite large, so I am just going to simply hold down my spacebar to get the hand grabber tool and I am just going to reposition the page right now to the upper left-hand corner of my screen. Now with my artwork selected, I am going to click on the color wheel over here to actually open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. It's on the side of over here, so now I can see all of my artwork, and you can see that right now inside of all the artwork that I have right now selected, there are 17 colors right now that are in use, and if I scroll down the list here, I can see all these colors.

Again, in the previous movie I turned off the ability for illustrator to protect black and white, so right now black and white also show up as colors counted within that number 17 right here. But if I scroll to the top over here, I have all these different shades of green and I'm not really sure exactly where all these colors are used in my design. So if I take a look over here on the bottom right-hand corner, there is a little magnifying glass and if I click on it, I basically activate a special mode now that's purely used for preview purposes.

Notice right now that all of my artwork is kind of gotten grayed out, it's kind of dimmed back in brightness. Now whenever I click on any of the colors here, those that are my current colors, Illustrator will light up in my document where are those colors currently being used. If I click on this color, for example, it lights up that here's the background color, and as I go through each of these colors, I can actually see where those colors are being used in my artwork. I find this incredibly helpful, because it allows me to identify where colors are.

You know, sometimes you'll find that when you open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box, you will see a color in there that maybe you didn't notice before, maybe by accident you applied a color that you didn't mean to. This is a great way to quickly find where that color is. Now I'm doing this with distinct objects, but remember, all these features work across Patterns and Gradients as well, so if you have a gradient or pattern that uses a specific color, turning on the magnifying glass and then clicking on each of these colors will highlight just those colors even within Patterns, Symbols, or Gradients.

Now if I hold down my Shift key, I can actually start to click multiple colors and all those colors will become highlighted, even those not indicated here, by making them dark gray, you can see that there is an outline that appears around each of these color bars. Once I have identified where these colors are used inside of my artwork, I can now make better decisions on how to actually change those colors. Once I am down identifying the colors, I can simply click on the magnifying glass again to return back to a full preview, so the magnifying glass is kind of like a toggle, you can turn it on to now preview and show off your colors and then click on it again to turn that function off.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

48 video lessons · 12609 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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