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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork
Illustration by John Hersey

Producing color matches intelligently


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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

with Mordy Golding

Video: Producing color matches intelligently

Sometimes you have the artwork that you want, but you don't necessarily have the colors that you want, there can be many reasons why this happens. First of all, you may have bought some kind of stock artwork from a web site like istockphoto, for example, that have a tremendous amount of vector-based artwork which looks great. However, maybe you want to change some of the colors, maybe you have a certain library of corporate colors, or you are working on a certain project that already has a defined palette of colors and you want that artwork to fit well and to match with those colors.
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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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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork
4h 44m Intermediate Jul 20, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Getting to know the color models
  • Defining and using process and spot colors
  • Creating swatches and groups
  • Managing a color library
  • Getting inspiration from Adobe Kuler
  • Setting limits on the Color Guide
  • Protecting black, white, and grey
  • Making global color adjustments
  • Reducing colors
  • Converting to grayscale
  • Proofing colors
  • Previewing color separations
Subjects:
Design Color
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Producing color matches intelligently

Sometimes you have the artwork that you want, but you don't necessarily have the colors that you want, there can be many reasons why this happens. First of all, you may have bought some kind of stock artwork from a web site like istockphoto, for example, that have a tremendous amount of vector-based artwork which looks great. However, maybe you want to change some of the colors, maybe you have a certain library of corporate colors, or you are working on a certain project that already has a defined palette of colors and you want that artwork to fit well and to match with those colors.

Or here's another example, maybe you are an apparel designer or a fashion designer, you have a design that really was great last year, now you want to use that same design again this year, however, this year's colors are different than last year's colors. So now you need to take your design, you want to keep it the same, but you just need to update all of the colors to be this year's colors, or I've an example like what I am looking at right now on my screen called matching2.ai, it's a lovely file that has many different gift cards. I hired a designer to design all these different gift cards for me.

However, at the same time my designer was working on this, I had a completely different department that was focused on choosing colors to use, so now I have my corporate colors. I get my artwork, and I now simply want all this artwork to only use the corporate colors. Do I have to now start selecting all these colors and making color changes? Wouldn't it be great if I can do all of that with just one click of a mouse? Let's see how to do that, I am going to make this a little bit small, let me zoom out, so I can move it up to the upper left-hand corner and this will allow me to have more room for my Recolor Artwork dialog.

I am going to press Command+A to select all of my artwork. Again, the goal here is to keep my artwork the same, but simply swap out the existing colors, for colors that I already have approval for. In this example, I want to use my existing Hansel & Petal corporate colors, instead of the colors that are being used here. Now I don't want to rethink the design around color either, so what I really want is I want Illustrator to look at the colors that are now inside of this file and keep them as close as possible to the original, but just use the colors that match closest to it from my approved library.

For example, in the previous movie we saw we could take an existing artwork and convert it to its closest possible match in the Pantone Library, But now, I am going to click on the color chip wheel with my artwork selected. This brings up my Recolor Artwork dialog box. Let's switch over here to the Edit view, because again, it just allows us to see clearly what's happening. I have all of the colors that appear inside of my artwork now mapped onto my color wheel, but I am going to back to this icon here to limit the color wheel to only use colors within my approved library.

If I scroll down this list here, remember that where it says, User Defined, I already have my HANSEL_CORPORATE colors saved as a library file. If I choose that option, I am now loading in only colors that exist in my library of Hansel & Petal Corporate colors. So as where my wheel of color was nice and smooth before, now it's really segmented into just a few colors. Just to see exactly what's happening here, I am going to uncheck the Recolor Artwork button, this was before, this is after, these are my original colors in the artwork and these are their closest possible matches, the colors that do exist inside of my library.

So now I can click OK, and with one click of the mouse, I'm able to take existing artwork and convert them to colors that I'm now allowed to use. Again, if I am fashion designer and I have last year's design, now I just want to update it to use this year's colors, I would open up the old file, select all my artwork, open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box, limit the Recolor Artwork feature, to use only this years or this season's colors, and then simply click OK. Illustrator handles everything else for me.

Now there is one thing to note, the only way to actually do this is to work with library files that you've already saved, so if you haven't already done so, you might want to go back to Chapter 3 and revisit the concept of creating and managing your own color libraries.

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