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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Recoloring selected artwork

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.
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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 was 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 the 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 selected artwork

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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Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

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Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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