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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Recoloring with custom color groups


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Recoloring with custom color groups

In this exercise, I'm going to show you another way to recolor a selection still from the Recolor Artwork dialog box, but this time we're going to take these four shades of blue that our artwork inside the T-shirts and we are going to replace them with four other colors that are found inside of a color group. So basically, we take one color group and replace it with another color group in one fell swoop, very simple operation, very effective as well. I've saved my progress as New earthtones.ai. I am going to scroll over to the right side of this document here and selected the two T-shirts in the third column.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What's old is new again
      39s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
      44s
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling CS's new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
14h 53m Intermediate Nov 30, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Recoloring with custom color groups

In this exercise, I'm going to show you another way to recolor a selection still from the Recolor Artwork dialog box, but this time we're going to take these four shades of blue that our artwork inside the T-shirts and we are going to replace them with four other colors that are found inside of a color group. So basically, we take one color group and replace it with another color group in one fell swoop, very simple operation, very effective as well. I've saved my progress as New earthtones.ai. I am going to scroll over to the right side of this document here and selected the two T-shirts in the third column.

Now we are going to make a color group from those colors by going over here to the Swatches panel and clicking on the New Color Group icon. That will bring up a dialog box. I'll just go ahead and call this, Shades of blue let's say and work from the Selected Artwork of course, Include Swatches for Tints is just fine. I don't care about Global Colors, so we'll leave that option off. Click OK and we end up getting too many colors as you can see here, because we not only get the four shades of blue, but we also get the rich black, the weak black and then white. The rich black, weak black and white are already defined elsewhere inside the Swatches panel, so we sure as heck don't need them and we don't want to reassign them to other colors anyway.

So we need to delete them, but in order to do that, so we don't mess up or our artwork, we need to deselect the artwork. So go ahead and click someplace in the illustration window or you can press Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on a Mac to deselect everything. Then I'm going to click off the color group to deselect it. I'll click inside this rich black there. I'll Shift+click inside the white swatch and I'll drag into the Trashcan. All right, now we have a nice four colored group which is great. I'm going to click on it to make it active here and hopefully, that will now make it the active harmony rule here inside the Color Guide panel, it is that's great.

Now let's switch back to the Swatches panel and here's the idea, we need to find a color here either in the Swatches panel or you can define it in the Color panel, it's up to you, that it's different color for which we want to replace this first color inside the group. So this first color inside the group is going to be our key color, our base color for modifications. So what would we like to change it to? Well this red looks good to me, if we want to come up with a pair of red T-shirts for example. So I am going to go ahead and click on that swatch to make it active and then I'm going to tweak it slightly inside the Color panel, ever so slightly, just to give you a sense that you can do this kind of thing.

I'll just go ahead and reduce the Yellow value to 85% let's say and I'll take the Cyan value up to 20%, so just a slight modification. Then I'll go over to the Color Guide panel and again the only reason I did that was just to demonstrate that you can either work from the Swatches panel, you can work from Color panel, you can work from both if you want. Now notice that our previous harmony is still in place. So we now have red as the base color and if you don't, go ahead and click on that little red guy there and then you will have a few shades of red that are analogous to the shades of blue that are already assigned to the T-shirt right now.

So that should work out beautifully for us. Now I'll drop down here to the bottom right corner of the Color Guide panel and I'll click on that little folder with a plus sign (+) in order to create a new color group and then I'll switch over to the Swatches panel and there it is. If I want to, I could rename it by selecting that group and then going up to the flyout menu and choosing Color Group Options and then I would go ahead and call this Red shades like so, click OK in order to create that new color group. All right, let's employ this color group to recolor these two T-shirts right there. So I'll select them, I'll go up to the Recolor Artwork icon, click on it.

That brings up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Then let's go ahead and expand the dialog box to the right there by clicking on the icon to the far right side of the dialog box. That exposes the color groups and now notice that I can click on Red shades and that's all there is to it. It just goes ahead and reassigns all the colors inside the T-shirts to analogous shades of red. Now then if I wanted to tweak those colors, I sure as I can, I could go to the Edit option right there, make sure all my colors are linked together which they are and then I could let's say reduce the saturation of all the colors by dragging the base color, the big circle right there and if I wanted to make the colors a little oranger like so, then I could move them around i.e. drag that base color around.

I am now moving one of the other colors that's not a base color. So I am modifying the saturation of it, looks like the shadows in this T-shirt or something or possibly the base color in the T-shirt is what I'm changing yes indeed that was it. Now I might make this guy a little more saturated and a little oranger as well. So whatever modifications you want to make, go ahead and make them. When you are done, all you have to do is click OK. Now, before I click OK though, I want you to see. Notice Red shades is now italicized, indicating to me that the new colors that I've selected are different than the colors that are in the Red shades group.

So when I click OK, Illustrator is going to say, hey! Do you want to save the changes to that group? Now you'll recall I was complaining like crazy about this alert message a few exercises ago because if there's nothing selected onscreen, there is no reason when you're inside the Edit Color dialog box that you wouldn't save your changes. However, if something is selected, it does make sense that Illustrator asks you. It just, it ought to figure out the difference, don't you know, but anyway in this case it's like well, I don't know. Actually, all I wanted to do is change the color of the T-shirts, I am not sure that I actually do want to change the color of the group.

So I'll say No, because I can always make a new group from these T-shirts if I want to. I could go over here to the Swatches panel and I could say, you know what let's save these guys to yet another new color group. I'll call these, something like you know Scarlet shades, let's say, because they're slightly oranger and then click OK and then we get a bunch of black and white. So I have to click off my artwork to deselect it and I have to grab this shade of black and this white and the colors in between. So I clicked on one, Shift+clicked on the other, dragged them to the Trashcan and Bob's your uncle, we're done. So you can see how easy it is.

If you go ahead and take a moment to create first of all a Swatch group that's based on the existing color scheme inside of your selection. Then employ that same harmony to build up a color group around a different color and then go ahead and switch out one color group for another inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box.

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