Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
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Moving color groups between documents


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Moving color groups between documents

I am still working away inside Yet another because I forgot to show you the before and after. I had prepared for that eventuality by hiding my selection edges and yet I didn't get around to doing it. So here's the before and after here's what we accomplished in the previous exercise. This is what the background look like before, if I press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Here is what it looks like now after having reassigned the colors inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now let's say what I want to do. I want to recolor this T-shirt right here, so it's the inverse version of that color scheme, because we don't need to see two side-by-side blue T-shirts, we want one of them to show the dark T-shirt with a light trim.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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14h 53m Intermediate Nov 30, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Deke McClelland

Moving color groups between documents

I am still working away inside Yet another because I forgot to show you the before and after. I had prepared for that eventuality by hiding my selection edges and yet I didn't get around to doing it. So here's the before and after here's what we accomplished in the previous exercise. This is what the background look like before, if I press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Here is what it looks like now after having reassigned the colors inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now let's say what I want to do. I want to recolor this T-shirt right here, so it's the inverse version of that color scheme, because we don't need to see two side-by-side blue T-shirts, we want one of them to show the dark T-shirt with a light trim.

So what I am going to need to do in order to grab those color, so I get an exact match with what I did inside the other document is, I'm going over to Eight colors to choose file and I need to grab these color groups right here that I created inside the Swatches panel. Then I will take those color groups over to the other illustration and then I'll you use that Blue color group right there, Shades of blue in order to remap the colors inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box. So let me show you how that works. So we're getting more and more advanced with our approach here. I am going to go ahead and grab these guys click on one Shift+Click on the other to select all four of these color groups and you know what, I might as well make a color group for these yellow shirts as well.

So I grab them, I click on the New Color Group icon at the bottom of the Swatches panel I'll call this Yellow shades and then I'll click OK and so that gives me the blacks and whites once again. Click off in order to deselect, click off the color group click on one color Shift+Click on the other grab them, drag them to the trash can I wish you'd stop doing that and then I'll go ahead and click on the Yellow shades group Shift+Click on Shades of blue, so all five of those groups are selected. I will drop down to this icon in the bottom left hand corner of the Swatches panel to get to the Swatch Libraries and I will choose Save Swatches.

Definitely save to the location that Illustrator suggests here and I'll call this new swatches file something like Five shade groups. Should work good enough it's kind of generic but it will worl for me, click on the Save button. Now let's switch over to, Yet another variation that file in progress right there and I'll drop down to this exact same icon there at the bottom of the Swatches panel. Click on it, choose User Defined, and choose Five shade groups. So you may see some other options, but just go ahead and choose the one that I just created if you're working along with me.

I'll go ahead and open up Five shade groups and then the simplest thing to do is just click on each one of them to add them to the list. If you had a lot more you could go ahead and select them all and drag and drop of over, but that could result in some duplicate, so why go that route. Anyway, I am going to go ahead and close this little panel that I opened there and now I want to lock my Backdrop layer just so I don't end up selecting any of the background items. I'm going to marquee my T-shirt, the right-hand T-shirt and I might as well sort of scroll it over a little bit so I can see what I am doing.

I still have my Selection Edges hidden, so I could press Ctrl+H, Command+H on the Mac to bring them back if I want. Then I will go out to Recolor Artwork icon in the Control panel, click on it in order to bring up Recolor Artwork and we want to recolor these colors and those we only have three shades of blue inside this particular T-shirt. I'm going to click on Shades of blue to remap them. Only nothing happens because all of these colors are already found inside of the Four color group. So what in the world do I do? Well, we want to create a new container, new row here for our colors.

So I will drop down to the new row icon and click on it and notice right away Illustrator smart enough to say, hey! You must want to remap something to the fourth color inside this group which of course is absolutely true. Then the question becomes, well what do I want to remap? Well I want to remap these wrinkle colors right there, this dark wrinkle panes I want to remap them to this dark color and I just need do figure out what they are. So I will grab my magnifying glass, click on this top one because I suspect that's what it is and sure enough those are the wrinkles that's the color assigned to the wrinkles as well is those interior areas of the sleeve and the collar.

So I will click off that color. Actually you don't have to, you can go ahead and drag this guy down to this row and drop it in a place if you want to. You just won't see a preview of what you've done until you turn the magnifying glass off and now it's going to darken up which is great and then I want to take this guy and move him into this group right there because I want to make what was formerly dark light and what was formerly light dark. So I am going to drag this guy into this group and that doesn't look right at all and we'll solve that in just a moment and then I'll go ahead and drag this guy down into weird that one was just a moment ago to the third row and it will remap like so and that looks absolutely hunky-dory.

So it looks like everything's worked out fine. But let me show you why it wasn't looking fine at just a moment ago. Put this guy back where he was. The problem is that Illustrator is trying to map the colors to tints. So Scale Tints is the default option here. I am going to switch it to Exact so everybody is getting matched to the exact shade and then I'll click off and that definitely does the trick. However now we have two colors matching to that exact same shade of blue. So we don't have a difference between the trim and the fabric color. So, in order to recolor the trim I'll grab this color, drag it down into the third row, drop into place and we get this result here.

It turns out what we want. So we're not bothered by the fact we have an empty row at the top, just ignore that. Click OK in order to accept your changes. Illustrator this time doesn't whine about whether or not you should save your changes to the color group because you didn't make any changes to the color group. So that's a nice thing. The final thing we need to do it in order to complete the effect is go ahead and remap this white to black and we are going to do that manually. I suppose we could have done it inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box, but it would have been more work than it was worth. So I'll go ahead and switch to my White Arrow tool because this shirt I believe is grouped together.

I'd have to go ahead and sort of open things up. Actually well, it's not. So one of these type objects is what I want. I don't have to switch the White Arrow tool. Again, my Black Arrow tool, by pressing the V key and I'll just go ahead and click on this type to select it independently of everything else, awesome. All right now, I will change it to black and I want a weak black I don't want the rich black because that's going to be too much ink, is basically why and I'll show you in a moment. But I want this guy which is just if I hover over it it's zero for CM and Y and a 100% black.

So I will click on it in that first group and I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac so you can see what's happened. We end up with this very sort of weird light gray effect and that's because I've got the blacks at the 50% Opacity and Illustrator is giving it a weird mix and we'll discuss this kind of stuff more, why this kind of thing happens in Illustrator when we take a look at Opacity inside the context of the Transparency chapter which is coming up soon. But what I need to do is apply that darkening blend mode multiply. So I am going to click on Opacity.

The word opacity appear in the Control panel in order to bring up the Opacity dropdown panel and I'm going to switch from normal to multiply in order to darken that text up so that it looks like so and that's it. Now we have two variations on the T-shirts set against two variations on the background. Thanks to the ongoing power of the Recolor Artwork dialog box here inside Illustrator.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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