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Randomly changing colors

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

Video: Randomly changing colors

The Recolor Artwork feature inside of illustrator is fantastic when you want to make specific changes in color to your artwork. However, the majority of the time that you are using the feature, you already know the color changes that you want to make. There are times however where you're not really sure yet what colors you want to change it to, you just kind of want to mix things up a little bit, you want to experiment and it happens to be that the Recolor Artwork dialog box can actually help you do that. In this document here called recolor.ai, I am simply going to select this piece of our work here on the left.

Randomly changing colors

The Recolor Artwork feature inside of illustrator is fantastic when you want to make specific changes in color to your artwork. However, the majority of the time that you are using the feature, you already know the color changes that you want to make. There are times however where you're not really sure yet what colors you want to change it to, you just kind of want to mix things up a little bit, you want to experiment and it happens to be that the Recolor Artwork dialog box can actually help you do that. In this document here called recolor.ai, I am simply going to select this piece of our work here on the left.

Next, I am going to open up the Recolor Artwork feature and I'll take a look now at the current colors that are inside of my selection. Notice right now that black and white are not protected, they are included in the other colors here. I am to want to actually kind of experiment with different colors here, but in this case here I do want black and white to always remain the same. So what I am simply going to do here in this case is just click on the arrows here to make it, so that these two colors now do not change into new colors. Now I know that I can already come here to this part of the dialog box right here and start to click and drag to switch which colors are being used, they can swap colors.

So, for example, I could take this color here and kind of move it here and see what that looks like, but that's a manual process, instead, I am going to comeback over here to just reload the colors again, and I am going to come down to these little icons here at the bottom. We already discovered what the magnifying glass does, but over here this button allows you to randomly change the orders of the colors, so right now I have five colors, I wanted to still use the same five colors, but I would like to maybe move those colors around and experiment with different ways to apply those colors.

By clicking on this button over here, Illustrator is going to randomly change the order that these colors appear in, so in other words, these colors will stay the same, however, the colors that there are mapped to are going to be randomly changed. So each time that I click on this button, I'm going to see different ways to actually work with those colors. Now it's important to realize that here in this example I have protected black and white, meaning those colors that are used in the artwork won't change, but because those colors do appear in the artwork, they get loaded into disharmony, which is what's being used to feed the colors for this random order.

So that means the black and white can be used when I randomize these colors. So I can continue to click on this to view different possible designs and maybe I really like this one right now. What I can do is I can either click OK to accept that, or I can actually come right over here and click on this button to create a new color group, meaning, save the order right now, these colors into a new color group. Yes, right now these colors are the same as they were inside the original artwork, but they now appear in a different order, and remember that the order in which the colors appear in inside of a color group is significant.

So I can either create new color groups and then continue randomizing or if I am happy with what I see right now, simply click OK to accept that and now I have changed the colors inside of my artwork. Now remember, if you have certain colors that are inside of a pattern, you can easily randomize different colors that appear inside of that pattern and generate new and interesting color combinations, it's yet another way to have Illustrator's Recolor Artwork feature help you in your day-to-day design tasks.

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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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