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Recoloring with the help of swatch groups

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Video: Recoloring with the help of swatch groups

In this movie I'll show you another way to recolor artwork--and this is a really great method--that relies on a combination of Color Groups, along with a Color Guide panel. So I am going to start things off by selecting the two T-shirts in the third column and I'll create a Color Group based on the selected colors by switching over to the Swatches panel and then clicking on the little folder icon at the bottom of the panel. I'll go ahead and name this Shades of blue, let's say, and I'll make sure that Selected Artwork is turned on, and then I'll click OK in order to create a series of colors inside of this group.

Recoloring with the help of swatch groups

In this movie I'll show you another way to recolor artwork--and this is a really great method--that relies on a combination of Color Groups, along with a Color Guide panel. So I am going to start things off by selecting the two T-shirts in the third column and I'll create a Color Group based on the selected colors by switching over to the Swatches panel and then clicking on the little folder icon at the bottom of the panel. I'll go ahead and name this Shades of blue, let's say, and I'll make sure that Selected Artwork is turned on, and then I'll click OK in order to create a series of colors inside of this group.

Now turns out we don't actually need the final one, so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+D or Command+Shift+D on a Mac to deselect the artwork, and then I'll get rid of this guy right here because he's already duplicated by the rich black swatch. So I'll just drag it to the trash. Now let's create a new group of colors, this time based on red. So I'll go ahead and select the existing shades of blue group and that will go ahead and turn it into a harmony here inside the Color Guide panel. Now I'll switch back to Swatches and I'll select this shade of red as my base color.

And now if I go back to the Color Guide panel I should see that the entire harmony is updated, based on that red that I just like selected. And so now I'll go ahead and save off this row of colors right here as the swatches group by clicking on this little icon in the lower right corner of the Color Guide panel. Now you won't see anything happen right away, because you've made the Color Group inside the Swatches panel. So go back to the Swatches panel and you'll notice a new group right there. It will not have a name; it will just be called Color Group 1.

If you double-click on the folder icon, that's going to bring up the Edit Colors dialog box and then what you'd have to do in order to name this group is expand the dialog box so that you can see the names of the groups over here. Then you would have to enter a new name and click on this little hard drive icon. Or a simpler way to work, if all you want to do is change the name of the group, then the easier way to work is make sure the group is selected here inside the Swatches panel once again, then go to the panel's fly-out menu and choose Color Group Options. And that will go ahead and bring up this Color Group Options dialog box, and then I could just call this guy Shades of red of course, and then click OK.

All right, now let's put that group to work in order to recolor this artwork. If you're working with me go ahead and select the third column of T-shirts, both the top one and the bottom one. Then I'll go ahead and scroll over a little bit so that I can keep track of these selected shirts, and I'll go up to the Recolor Artwork icon and click on it. Now for this trick to work you need to be able to see your Color Groups, so go ahead and expand the dialog box if necessary, and then all you have to do is click on Shades of red and the deed is done. Illustrator just goes ahead and automatically reassigns the colors and it does so intelligently, so it's finding analogous colors in the new Color Group.

And again if this isn't exactly the color scheme you're looking for, then you can make modifications. And in my case what I am going to do is I am going to find that color--I think it's this one once again--and in fact just to make sure I'll select this tool in the lower right corner here and I'll click on that color bar and sure enough there are my folds, which is one I am looking. I'll go ahead and turn the tool off now by once again clicking on it. And now I'll just modify this color using the HSB values. So the first thing I am going to do is darken the color by reducing the B value, and notice by the way you have to releases the slider triangle in order to see things update on screen.

I don't want it to be quite that dark so I'll make it a little brighter and I'll increase the Saturation as well. Again you can absolutely go your own way and make whatever decisions you like, but that looks pretty darn good to me. And now I'll go ahead and click OK in the order to apply my changes. Now notice that Shades of red is appearing in italics because after all I made a modification to one of the colors. So Illustrator is asking me do I want to save my changes to the swatch group Shades of red before closing. If you click Yes, you will update the Shades of red group.

If you click No, you'll leave the group alone but you will recolor the artwork. So clicking No still goes ahead and changes the blue T-shirts to red as you can see here. The only thing I didn't do was update that one color swatch inside of the Shades of red group. All right, now I'll click off the artwork to deselect it, and that's how you recolor artwork by creating color groups with the help of the Color Guide panel.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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