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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.
You may create color libraries for colors that you use quite often. You may find that you'll have them open on your screen, but when you quit Illustrator and then re-launch it again, those panels go away, and you now need to reload those custom color libraries again. Let me share with you a way that you can actually keep these panels always available on your screen even after you quit and re-launch Illustrator. I'm going to start by creating a new document here, just a regular plain Print document here, and I'm going to my SWATCHES panel. I'm actually going to load one of my custom libraries here.
I already created one in my User Defined section here called HANSEL_CORPORATE, and again, these are the corporate colors that I'm using for Hansel & Petal, and I use those quite often so I want to have those available to me on my screen. I also use PANTONE solid coated colors a lot and I don't want to have to keep loading that library as well, so I'll come back here to my SWATCHES panel and choose to go to Color Books and then PANTONE solid coated, and now I have that library open up. And of course, I'm going to go to the flyout menu here and choose to Show the Find Field.
So now I have these panels here and I want to be able to use them quite often, but like I said, when I quit Illustrator for the day and I come back in tomorrow and I re-launched the application, I don't want to have to reload these panels again. So what I'll do is I'll go to flyout menu of these customized color panels and I'll choose this option here called Persistent. Making a library Persistent ensures that it will always be visible on your screen. So notice now that I've chosen that option if I go back to the flyout menu I can see there is now a check mark next to Persistent, and I'll do the same thing for the PANTONE Solid Coated libraries.
Now that I've made both of these libraries persistent, they will always appear on my screen when I launch Illustrator. Now the reason why this is useful is because I want to have access to these colors, but I don't necessarily want to add all these colors to my start up document which would mean that my document has a tremendous amount of colors inside of it. So in other words, they are always easily accessible and I can add them as I need to, to my document that I'm working on. If you have the screen real estate to support it, you can have as many of these custom libraries set up to be persistent.
You can also group them together within the same window. So, for example, I could take the PANTONE Solid Coated library here and drag it into the HANSEL_CORPORATE window here, so they both now live within that same window or that same frame. Hopefully, this tip will make it easier for you to keep these colors that are used often, easily accessible. Now of course, there may be times when you use a certain color a lot, in fact, maybe there are a few colors and you use them quite often, in those cases we might look at doing something little bit different, such as adding them to our startup documents.
We'll see how to do that in the next movie.
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