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I've saved my progress as Gleefully angry gang.ai. In this exercise, I want to recolor the artwork. So I'm looking at him and thinking, you know, the orange doesn't really suit him. He should be more of a fiery red, really gleefully menacing. Don't you know? So I'm going to achieve this effect using the Recolor Artwork feature that we saw in the previous chapter. We'll see how, when you recolor an instance inside of Illustrator, you actually affect the underlying symbol definition. All right! So I'm going to click on the central tiki.
Notice he is an instance, because he is surrounded by a big rectangle. We're not seeing his many anchor points. Then I'll go up here to the Control panel and I'll click on the multicolored Recolor Artwork icon in order to bring up this dialog box onscreen. Now I don't have any Color Groups at work inside of this document. So there is no sense in even seeing that right half of the dialog box. I'm going to go ahead and hide it, and then I'm going to switch over to Edit in order to bring up the color wheel. I'm going to link all the colors together, so that I can move them in mass.
Then I could just drag this guy right here around in order to change the color of that tiki mask. Now currently, I will thanks to my modification that is this; this particular color is now set to 24.56 degrees, so it was originally 21.25 for what it's worth, which is a reddish shade of orange. But I want to change it to more of an orangish shade of red. So I am going to reduce this Hue value to 7 degrees like so, and then press the Tab key, and that goes ahead and makes this guy red in the face.
In fact, it makes everybody red in the face. I haven't just modified the one instance. I am modifying the underlying symbol definition. Now normally, Illustrator doesn't work this way. If a command can't be applied to an instance, if it has to be applied to the underlying symbol definition, then it would be deemed. If you can apply it to an instance, then it just affects the instance, and nothing more. For example, the Drop Shadow, when we applied it to the instances, affected each one of the instances independently, as did the rotation value, and the scale, and so forth.
But where recolor artwork is concerned, we're actually hitting the underlying symbol definition. All right! Now looking at this, I'm not so comfortable with some of the purples that are at work inside of this artwork. So I'm going to try to figure out what those purples are here for a moment. I suspect that it's this gang right there and I guess I could just unlink the colors and try dragging them around, that's what I'll do. I'll click Unlink icon and turn it off, and then I'll grab one of these guys; that's drifting into the purple territory. I'll drag it to a new location like so, and see what updates onscreen, that's the crease under his eye. Very interesting! Then I'll drag this one to a new location, and that should be those, it is.
So I've managed to change all of the stripes up here at the top of the totem, those carvings. That looks pretty good to me. I'm happy with that. Then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept the effect. Now here is the intriguing thing about this. Everybody changed, right? And just to confirm that yes indeed, I change the underlying symbol definition. I'll go ahead and bring up the Symbols panel, and I can see that this guy, this little Tiki Idol symbol, the thumbnail is looking red. This is as big as, so I can make my thumbnails by the way, they don't get any bigger than this. You do have the option of viewing your symbols in a list form if you want to.
Over here from the flyout menu, you can choose Small List View or Large List View, but that doesn't give you any bigger thumbnails. Anyway, I think this is fine actually. But here is what I want you to see. If I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo my modification, all of the instances changed back to orange, and the little thumbnail changes to orange as well. If I press Ctrl+Shift+Z or Command+Shift+Z on the Mac, then all of my instances changed to red, and the symbol definition as represented by the thumbnail changes to red as well.
So again, Recolor Artwork when applied to an instance actually affects the underlying symbol definition. So what do you do if you want to apply a local color adjustment to one of your instances? Well, I'll show you one way to pull that off in the next exercise.
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