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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
You know there are all types of ways for modifying color. Now, in the Illustrator universe where you have objects, you are used to clicking on an object and then adjusting it's color, but when you look at a program like Photoshop, for example, there are many times you will use curves or levels to adjust the color across an entire document. Well, one of the interesting things about the Recolor Artwork feature inside of Illustrator is that it does have some of those types of adjustments as well. For example, I'm going to press Command+ A or Ctrl+A on Windows to select all of my artwork, I'm going to open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box by clicking on the Recolor Artwork button here in the control panel. And I'll take a look at my colors from the Edit panel here because I want to see the color wheel here.
Now, you know that for any color that I have in my document, I can click on that color and I can see those colors in these color sliders down here. And now that I could also make adjustments in those colors very easily. But if I click on this little pop-up menu here on the side, I can choose between RGB, HSB, CMYK, Web safe RGB, Lab colors or something here called Global Adjust. I'm going to choose the Global Adjust setting because that gives me sliders for Saturation, Brightness, Temperature and Luminosity. Now, it's important to realize that these sliders don't affect any specific colors; they actually adjust all the colors that you have selected at once. For example, with this particular Saturation slider there is no way to adjust, if there is just one color in my document. However, if you think about the things in the Photoshop view like where I have levels or curves, I can actually make these adjustments across the entire document. For example, I can adjust the Temperature in this way; I can choose to adjust the Luminosity values, Brightness values and Saturation values.
You will actually notice that this entire area that appears kind of beneath this box over here remains the same whether I'm in the Edit tab or in the Assign tab. However, I find that when I'm in the Assign tab here, I really don't get any feedback for what this looks like on the color wheel. So that's why I like to make these global changes using the Edit tab. I find these Global Adjustment sliders really useful when I just want to add an extra punch to my color maybe I'm working on a business presentation that will be displayed online and I want to overly saturate the colors or maybe I just want to adjust the temperature of my artwork overall. But as you can see with these global settings, the Recolor Artwork feature really allows me to interact with my colors on a variety of different levels.
I can either precise modifications to colors or I can adjust them globally overall almost the same way that I can inside of Photoshop.
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