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Proofing colors for color-blindness

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

Video: Proofing colors for color-blindness

I'd like to share a feature with you inside of Illustrator that has to do with color and that's also very close and dear to my heart. That's because I am one of the people in the population that is classified as being colorblind. I am red-green colorblind, meaning, that I have a very difficult time differentiating between reds and greens. Now about 7% of the population in the United States is colorblind. So that means it's certainly possible that artwork that you create will be perceived quite differently by some other people. In some countries such as Japan, for example, the percentage of colorblind people is even higher, closer to 14%.

Proofing colors for color-blindness

I'd like to share a feature with you inside of Illustrator that has to do with color and that's also very close and dear to my heart. That's because I am one of the people in the population that is classified as being colorblind. I am red-green colorblind, meaning, that I have a very difficult time differentiating between reds and greens. Now about 7% of the population in the United States is colorblind. So that means it's certainly possible that artwork that you create will be perceived quite differently by some other people. In some countries such as Japan, for example, the percentage of colorblind people is even higher, closer to 14%.

Now in reality, if I pick up a newspaper and I see something that looks green to me but really it's red, this really doesn't make that much of a difference. However, if you have green text on a red background, that actually is going to cause a problem, because for some people they won't be able to actually read the text; that's because both those colors will blend into each other. And there won't be enough contrast between the text and the background. Now as you're designing inside of Illustrator, how can you be sure that you use in the correct contrast in your design to ensure that somebody who is colorblind also be able to perceive and read the things that you're creating? What's interesting is that the government in Japan, understanding that such a large percent of the population is colorblind, actually implemented standards where people who create public signage need to ensure that the artwork has enough contrast in it, so it becomes visible and readable to those who are colorblind.

So when you creating artwork inside of Illustrator, you may decide to double-check your artwork and make sure that a person who is colorblind will also be able to read or understand the artwork that you're creating. Back in Illustrator CS4, Adobe Editor Preview functions that you can actually turn your display, so that it looks like the colors that a colorblind person would see. You can actually do that from the View menu. Choose View, go to where it says Proof Setup, and then choose between the two popular different types of color blindness, which is primarily red-green or blue-yellow.

I want to choose the red-green version and you can see now that the colors look very different on the screen. Well, actually to me personally they don't look very different. In fact, the first time that I used this feature, I thought it really wasn't doing anything, but for a person who doesn't suffer from colorblindness, they would see a major shift now, and the difference in how the colors appear on screen. Now all I really wanted to do here is make sure that my artwork has enough contrast in it so that it still becomes legible. I am actually going to go back to the View menu here and I am going to uncheck Proof Colors.

You see, once you've set up which proofing type you want, you can just simply toggle the setting by turning Proof Colors on and off. What I am going to do is I am going to use under the feature here inside of Illustrator to allow me to design and also preview my colors at the same time. Right now, I am working in this document here called giftcards.ai. I am going to go over to my Window menu and I am going to choose this setting here at the top called New Window. This is actually going to create now a second view of my existing file. Notice over here I have something called giftcards.ai, and then I have a colon and this says the number 1, giftcards.ai:1.

This is the first view of that document. And then I have giftcards.ai:2. Now I can toggle back and forth between them but that's not really what we want to use because I am only seeing one at a time. But if I go over here to my bar over here at the top and, by the way, id this does not look exactly the same on your screen as it does on mine you might want to go up to the Window menu and choose to turn on the Application Frame. That's what allows me to have these buttons here at the top. And I want to choose a 2-Up version. This is going to allow me to view both documents at the same time.

It's basically going to split my screen in half. So I am just going to use my spacebar here to reposition the artwork over here, and then I'll click over here and I'll also do the same this way. So I am basely looking at the same document, but I am looking at the same document using two different views. What I'll do over here is I'll click on giftcards.ai:2, the second view and now I'll go to the View menu and I'll turn on the Proof Colors. Now by default, Proof Colors is set to the US Web Coated (SWOP) version 2 setting. So I am going to go back to the View menu here where it says Proof Setup, I am going to change my proofing to be set for Colorblindness.

So now I can work in this document over here where I see all of my colors. But I am also seeing another version of my artwork here being previewed for colorblindness. If I go back to this window right now and I select his background color and I decide to change it, as I change it, I am actually seeing what's different between the two. Remember, it's the same document that if I make changes in either window, it is the same file that I am working on; I am just previewing this file in two different ways. By working in this way I can ensure that the colors that I am using in my design have enough contrast that even someone who is colorblind will still be able to read and see everything in my design.

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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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