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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.
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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