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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors


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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors

As a designer, we're always looking for some kind of inspiration to help drive our creativity. This is especially true around the area of color. For example, when you're starting to choose colors to use inside of your web designs. One of the nice features that exist inside of Illustrator is something called a Color Guide. The Color Guide is a panel that helps you choose colors that work well with each other. Well, what exactly does that mean? Well, as you can see in the top of the Color Guide here, there is a pop-up. If I click on it, it displays many different types of what we call color harmonies.
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors

As a designer, we're always looking for some kind of inspiration to help drive our creativity. This is especially true around the area of color. For example, when you're starting to choose colors to use inside of your web designs. One of the nice features that exist inside of Illustrator is something called a Color Guide. The Color Guide is a panel that helps you choose colors that work well with each other. Well, what exactly does that mean? Well, as you can see in the top of the Color Guide here, there is a pop-up. If I click on it, it displays many different types of what we call color harmonies.

These are really just scientific or mathematical ways to define relationships between colors. So, for example, we have complementary colors. A color's complement, if we think of color mapped onto a wheel, the color that appears in the exact opposite side of the wheel is the color's complement. As you can see through this pop-up list here, Illustrator has 23 different possible harmonies that you can choose from to define how you want Illustrator to choose colors. Now, just to make things a little bit simple, because I want you to understand exactly what the Color Guide is doing, I'm going to leave it set right now to the Complementary color harmony.

I'm also going to go to the flyout menu of the Color Guide. I'm going to choose over here this option called Color Guide Options, which brings up the Variation Options dialog box. I'm going to reduce the number of steps to 3, which is the smallest amount. I'm also going to leave its Variation slider set to More. I'm going to click OK. Now, let's take a look at exactly what happens when we're using the Color Guide. I'm actually going to go now to my Swatches panel. I'm going to choose to say a different fill color. Right now, it's white. I'm going to click over here and choose different swatch color, maybe this orange color, for example.

Well, as you can see now the Color Guide updates with other colors. So here's exactly what happens. The color that I've just chosen inside of my Swatches panel is what we refer to as the base color. Illustrator takes that base color and identifies its complement because I've chosen the Complementary color harmony. The color guide then takes these two colors right now, this orange and this blue color, and puts them here in the center row underneath this triangle. So if you think about it, I'm taking these two squares and kind of turning them on their side.

So here is the orange and here is the blue. Illustrator then creates three different shades and three different tints for each of these two colors. This is because we've specified three steps in the options just a moment ago. Now the point here is that as I choose colors on my Swatches panel, the Color Guide is recommending or suggesting other variations of those colors that I might use that would work well with the color that I've chosen. Now if I choose a color harmony that has a far more number of colors, for example, let's do the Monochromatic version over here.

So now as I choose a color on my Swatches panel, the Color Guide is going to recommend various shades and tints of the colors that I'm now choosing the Swatches panel, all within this Monochromatic type of unit or what we call a harmony. This is actually a great feature to use when you start thinking about designing your web sites because you can choose a base color and then have all of these other colors suggested to you that you know will always work well with your designs. However, it's important to realize that the Color Guide is actually using the entire RGB spectrum to come up with these other suggestions of color.

For example, I may have a web safe color that I'm using here, but just because this color is a web safe color, it doesn't mean that all the suggestions that are being given to me through the Color Guide are also web safe colors. In other words, I may not be free to use those colors. So that's why one of the most important features inside of the Color Guide is clicking on this button right over here. Most people think this is just a library, but really what this button allows you to do is it allows you to limit the range of colors that the Color Guide is allowed to work with.

As I said before, right now the Color Guide is dreaming up over these colors from the overall RGB spectrum. However, if I scroll down here to Web, that means now that I'm limiting the Color Guide to only work within the web safe color palette, meaning that each time that I choose a color right here, even if the colors that I'm choosing are not web safe colors, all the colors that are being recommended to me are always going to be web safe colors, because I am limiting the Color Guide to only work within that range of colors. In fact, this exact feature can also be helpful for a variety of other tasks.

For example, say you already have a palette of approved colors from your client. Maybe to have their corporate colors, or they've already approved some kind of colors that were defined by another designer. Well, you can take that library and load that library into the Color Guide, allowing you to now be limiting what the Color Guide shows you from only those specific colors that are preapproved. Of course, for a general web design, limiting the Color Guide in this way, meaning only allowing it to use the colors in the web safe color palette lets you take full advantage of the Color Guide by giving you the inspiration that you need along with the colors that you can use.

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