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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.
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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