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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In this final movie I'll show you how to recolor artwork that contains gradients. And we've got a few gradients going on here. There is this live-paint object in the foreground that contains a total of three radial gradients, and then I've got another radial gradient assigned to the rectangle in the background. We'll start with the rectangle because it's easier to work with. So I'll start things off by twirling open the complex knot layer here inside the Layers panel, and then I'll meatball the path at the back of the stack. And next I'll click on the Recolor Artwork icon up here in the Control panel.
I don't need access to my Color Group so I'll click the left pointing triangle so I have a little more room to work on screen here. Notice that we have a total of just three colors in all; and those are the three key colors, the three color stops, in a gradient. So in other words you don't have to worry about all the steps in between; Illustrator will take care of that automatically. The Black is protected so it won't change. So we're really just left with this kind of plum color and this lighter purple as well. I am going to modify both by switching to the Edit panel and then I'll link my colors together by clicking on the chain icon and I'll drag this key color out toward the edge of the circle here on the right hand side in order to change the colors inside the gradient to a deeply saturated red.
I'll also go ahead and increase the Brightness just a little. Probably not that much; I'll take it a little bit down. But I want to have a fierce red at work in the background. So you can see even when you're working with gradients inside of Illustrator it's a simple matter to go ahead and recolor that artwork. That's really all there is to it, at least where the rectangle is concerned. So I'll go head and click the OK button in order to apply that change. Next I'll click on the outline of the live paint object to select it and then I'll once again click on Recolor Artwork to bring up the Recolor Artwork dialog box.
This time we've got a total of 11 colors, just one--the shade of black there--is protected. Everything else is up for grabs. So I'll go ahead and switch over to Edit and I'll once again go ahead and link my colors together by clicking on the chain icon and then I'll drag this key color. You can really drag any of them you want, but I'm going to drag his key color to a shade of yellow. Something like this actually should work out pretty good, might introduce a little bit of orange to that yellow so it doesn't get too greenish.
And then I'll once again increase the Brightness of all those colors by dragging the slider triangle below the lab color wheel. Bear in mind, that's going to brighten all of the colors except that black, which is locked down. Now you can see that even though the color scheme looks potentially great--let's say I love it--we have that same old problem that we encountered back in the intermediate course where all of my gradients end up separating inside of Live Paint object. But there's nothing to be done about it inside this dialog box, so I'll just go ahead and click OK in order to recolor that artwork.
And then just so I can better see what I'm doing I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac to hide those selection edges. And I'll switch to my Gradient tool, which I can get by pressing the G key, and I'll drag from right about here down and to the right, just a little bit past the tip of the object. And that ends up correcting my gradients, but it also messes up the strokes. So I'll click inside the Line Weight option and change it to 2 pt, which is where it was at before. And I'll also click in this second swatch up here in the Control panel and change the color to this rich black that I've created in advance.
Now that doesn't seem to do anything. I'll go ahead and press the Esc key in order to hide that panel, and I'll zoom in on the lower right region of my artwork. And you can see that I've gone an awfully light black stroke. And that's an anomaly that's created by the Drop Shadow, and here's how you solve it. Switch to the Appearance panel--and you should see the word Drop Shadow right there--go ahead and click on it and just change any one of these values. So I am going to raise the X Offset value to 3 pt and then turn on the Preview checkbox; and that ends up, as you can see, taking care of the problems.
So now we've got nice rich black strokes along with a lighter Drop Shadow, which is the way it's supposed to be. Now I'll take that X Offset value back down to 2 pt, and I'll click on the OK button in order to complete the effect. All right, now I'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+ 0 on the Mac in order to center my zoom; and as you can see you may run into some problems particularly with Live Paint objects and dynamic effects, but otherwise it's as simple matter to recolor artwork--even artwork that contains gradients--here inside Illustrator.
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