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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
Back in Chapter 12 of the intermediate course, I showed you the Swatches panel, which allows you to collect colors that you intend to use over and over inside your artwork. In this chapter, I show you the Color Guide panel, which also collects swatches; the difference is, instead of you having to define each and every color using CMYK or RGB values, Illustrator does the work for you. That's right. The program actually generates the colors for you, and not one at a time, but dozens at a time and without a second's hesitation.
The only thing you have to do is select a base color and define a harmony rule, so Illustrator has some idea of what kinds of colors you might like. What is a harmony rule, you ask? It's a pattern that describes a physical relationship between colors as measured on a circular graph, called a color wheel. Here is the color wheel now. You specify a base color on the wheel and then Illustrator looks for related colors according to a harmony rule, which is a fixed pattern of lines that go off at predefined angles. That pattern may be relatively simple or slightly more complex.
Your colors can even go off in all directions. Illustrator offers 23 harmony rules in all. I am not only going to show you all of them; I am going to make you and the Color Guide panel fall in love, real actual figurative love.
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