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Making global color adjustments

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

Video: Making global color adjustments

Up until this point we focused on some of the technical parts about what make recolor artwork work inside of Illustrator. However, in this chapter I want to take some of the knowledge that we've now acquired in the previous chapters and apply them to some real world examples. Take this file right here, it's called global.ai and I have a whole bunch of different icons that maybe I've created for some piece of artwork. I may have a certain situation where since these colors appear muted I might want to brighten them up a bit. Now I want this change to happen across the board for my artwork and to do that I can take advantage of some of the global settings that I had inside of the recolor artwork dialog box.

Making global color adjustments

Up until this point we focused on some of the technical parts about what make recolor artwork work inside of Illustrator. However, in this chapter I want to take some of the knowledge that we've now acquired in the previous chapters and apply them to some real world examples. Take this file right here, it's called global.ai and I have a whole bunch of different icons that maybe I've created for some piece of artwork. I may have a certain situation where since these colors appear muted I might want to brighten them up a bit. Now I want this change to happen across the board for my artwork and to do that I can take advantage of some of the global settings that I had inside of the recolor artwork dialog box.

I a going to start by just moving this over here to the side, I am going to use the Hand tool for that, I am pressing the spacebar to move that over to the side. I am going to select just artwork on top because again I want to show that the recolor artwork dialog box allows you to make changes to one part of your artwork without affecting other parts. So I want to leave this original one down here in the bottom, but I now want to create another version, may be my company is making a business presentation and they need some graphics or PowerPoint and you know everybody likes bright colors and PowerPoint.

So we are going to try to wake up some of these colors to serve a different need. Notice, by the way, since I have a group selected right now instead of just single objects, the little color chip wheel now appears in this part of the Control panel. This is actually due to the contextual nature of the Control panel, it changes based on your selection. Sometimes the color chip wheel will appear somewhere over here and sometimes it will be over here and if again you have a hard time finding it you can simply go to the Edit menu and choose Edit Colors and then choose Recolor Artwork.

Now I am going to move the of dialog box over here and again I see all of my colors listed but I am not focusing on that right now. I am going to go to the bottom here where I currently have my CMYK sliders. If I go to this pop up right over here, I see that I can choose between different sliders like RGB, HSB, Lab color, for example. But I also have this setting here called Global Adjust and this gives me settings called Saturation, Brightness, Temperature and Luminosity and there is somewhat similar to the settings that you might find inside of Photoshop when you want to be able to adjust the levels of pixels inside of an image.

But here I have some vector artwork that I have selected and of course there are colors that are being used here. So if I just simply want to make the colors brighter and I want to increase their saturation, I can actually make some adjustments here and notice that all of the colors are changing at once. These colors are called Global Adjustments because there is no way to make these adjustments only apply to just one color within your selection. We discussed before that you have the ability to use the Recolor Artwork dialog box to lock certain colors or make adjustments to only certain colors.

That's true for all other kinds of adjustments but not with Global Adjustments. So any change that I make here to these sliders, like change in Temperature or Luminosity, or let's say I just want to really pump up the saturation here, get some nice bright colors. So now I'm actually making adjustments to all of the colors that appear inside of my selection. Now I'll click OK to apply those settings and now you can see a difference to have my original artwork, again this did not change because it was not selected.

But these colors did change. Well again, working with the Recolor Artwork dialog box I have the ability to make changes to just the artwork that I want. So I can make very precise changes like I've just done here and I can make those changes no matter how color is used within that artwork, meaning that those Global Adjustments work on gradients, or patterns or gradient mesh. So it's yet another way to make color adjustments inside of Illustrator.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

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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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