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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.
I say the results of the previous exercises is Yet another variation.ai, but we are going to be switching gears here for a moment and moving over to this document is called Blue t-shirts.ai and we have got a total of 8 T-shirts 4 darker top and 4 light variations at the bottom. I now want to create a bunch of different color variations on his T-shirt and I am going to do so using the Final Advance color feature and my favorite by the way as well and it's called Re-color artwork, it allows you to do just that, you can assign a completely new color scheme to your document which is perfect for exercise like this where you're trying to change the color of fabrics or textiles or that kind of thing.
But it's equally applicable to any kind of illustration project. So I am going to leave the first two t- shirts the way they are, but I am going to grab the second column of T-shirts with my Black Arrow tool and there's a couple of different ways to get to Recolor Artworks, one is to go the Edit menu, choose Edit Colors and then choose this first command. Notice that the submenu is rife with commands here and it's rife with really bad commands in my opinion, this is an old bunch underpowered fairly inept as well, use them at your peril. But this guy right there is utterly fantastic, that's one way to get to the command.
The other way, I will go ahead and escape out of the menu, is to go up to the Control panel and when you have entire path selected as we do then you should see this little rainbow icon, the same icon we have seen before, but this time it's located right there at the top of the screen, go ahead and click on that icon in order to bring up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now the dialog box is divided by default into two sections, so you will see your Color groups over here on the right hand side and then you'll see a list of your colors and rows over here on left hand side. I am going to hide my Color groups just because I have so little room one screen and you do that by clicking on this icon right here on the far right side of the dialog box you can bring the groups back by clicking on the icon again if you like.
I'm going to hide it as I say and move the dialog box over. I am being told that I have currently seven colors inside my Selection, I also want you to see that Illustrator went ahead and automatically hid my selection edges. So you don't have to hide them before you visit the dialog box, even if you have a very complicated piece of artwork. Now I am being told I have a total of seven colors inside my selection and then I look at these colors and you know it's fairly curious because it looks to me like I just have six if I count down the list. Well if you look very closely there at the black bar, it's divided in two, we have got a rich black and a weak black, the rich black is assigned to all the strokes and the T-shirts and the weak black right there is assigned to the logo on the dark T-shirt which is then set to a lower opacity value and Multiply Blend mode, just as you know what's going on.
Now by default Illustrator is willing to change your colors you can see that for each one of the shades of blue here we have former shades of blue that his current ones that are listed in this left hand column and the new ones that are listed over here in right-hand column, but we don't have any new color for black or white because by default they are protected, if you want to re-color black and white as well, then click on this little dialog box, in order to bring up your recolor options and then you can turn on and off these preserved check boxes. To right now White is turned on as you can see, Black is turned on as well, if you wanted to protect your Grays you could do that.
Now Illustrator thinks of this weak black here is being a black even though it looks like a dark gray, it's black because it's 100% black ink. Anything less than 100% black ink combined with zero in the cyan, magenta and yellow departments that's going to be considered a gray, so you can and protect the Grays if you want to, by default they are unprotected. Anyway I just wanted to show you that, I am going to cancel out of there and I am going to switch to the Edit panel, we will come back to the Assign options very powerful bunch, but I am going to start off with edit because that brings up the familiar color wheel that we've already seen several times now and notice that we're seeing these little color circles for every single color in the selection, if I want to link them together then I need to go ahead and click on this link icon because by default when you're recovering artwork the link is turned off.
So go ahead and turn it on to link them together and then drag these colors to a different location like so in order to recolor your artwork and it will recolor on-the-fly in the background as you see there. Now I want to go ahead and move this color in a little bit, what if you're looking at the colors inside your selection and you are noticing that some color rather needs to be changed. For example I am looking at the folds in this lighter T-shirt down at the bottom and I'm thinking those need to be darkened up, but I don't know which one of the colors that is and I could see here the city or drag them around all over the place to try to figure out or I could go back to Assign and notice that you have this magnifying glass right there and what you can do is you can select that and that will dim out the selected artwork and then you click on any one of these bars in order to find out where it's represented inside the Illustrations.
So I could click here and say, no that color represents the folds in the top T-shirt, this color is determining the bottom T-shirt and the interior of the top T-shirt, this is the opposite and then this guy at top finally is the folds in the bottom T-shirt, because we got to go back to edit color now, the great thing about the top color is it happens to be the key colors so it's going to be the biggest of the circles. So go ahead and click on Edit to switch back it must be this guy right there and so I could ahead and click on it to make it active and then I could reduce its Brightness value like so, just the brightness of that one is what I'm trying to change here, if that's what I want to do I have got to unlink the colors and then I will click on this guy just to make sure it's selected and reduce the brightness and that will darken up those folds, like so.
Now I am going to link them back together and I'm a go-ahead and drag these colors as a group again because I really want them to be sort of a little bit yellow like so and that's it on I am going to click OK, in order to except that modification and that my friends is how you recolor existing artwork here inside Illustrator.
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