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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In this move I'll show you what to do if the number of colors inside of a Color Group that you want to use is less than the number of colors currently assigned to the selected objects, in which case you need to go ahead and double up colors. And let me show you how that works. Now what you're seeing here is the final piece of artwork that we created at the end of the previous chapter, but while this brownish background works great with these blue shirts, if you turn off the blue Ts layers here inside the Layers panel you'll see that I have a brown Ts layer below it, and now we're losing the contrast.
So I need to assign a different color scheme to the background. And I am going to do so by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on the back drop layer in order to select all of its path outlines. And then even though the Recolor Artwork dialog box is going to automatically hide these selection edges, I'm going to manually hide them by pressing Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac, and that will just make it easier to show you a before and after when we are done. All right, now I'll go ahead and press Shift+ Tab to hide my right side panels, and then I'll click on the Recolor Artwork icon up here in the Control panel.
And what I want to do is work from this Color Group right here, Shades of blue, which I've created in advance. So I'll go ahead and click on it to make it active. And notice that the number of colors just reduced here inside of the Colors list. So I'll go ahead and click the eyedropper icon so you can see them again, that will restore the original colors. You can see that we have eight colors in all and we have a row for each one of those eight colors. But as soon as I click on Shades of blue, we still have a total of eight colors; however they're doubling up as you can see.
So this grayish color here and this yellowish color are both remapping to the slight shade of blue and so forth. You don't have to accept things that way if you don't want to; you can change things around. And you can also change the order in which the colors are mapped. Notice this little fly-out menu icon right there, if you click on it, you'll see that you can change the order in which the colors are arranged. So Hue - forward and Hue - backwar,d that means the colors are going to be ordered according to their Hue. Forward would be one direction, backwards is going to be the other around the big color wheel.
And then we have Lightness - dark to light or Lightness - light to dark. I am going to go with Lightness - light to dark like, so I'm putting the brightest shade of blue on top. Now I am not very happy with the way these colors are organized here so I'm going to switch my Colors option from Auto to All. And what that's going to do is it's going to re-expand the list as you see here, so only the first four shades of brown are getting mapped to shades of blue and the other colors are staying the same as they were before. And this allows me now to drag-and- drop the colors in a different order.
So I am going to drag this guy up and drop him at the top of the list, so he's mapped to the light blue. And then I'll grab this yellow and I'll drag it and drop it up there as well so it's also mapped to the light blue. And then I'll just kind of move this dialog box over so I can tell if I am getting the right effect or not. And I suspect that I want this light shade of brown to map to this color here and then this dark shade of brown to map to the dark blue. That seems to make a lot more sense. Now notice what that does is it creates two empty rows right there, which is just fine, you don't have to use them.
That doesn't mean white is mapping to anything that just means there is no color action going on at this point. And then the dark shade of gray, which is this dark stuff over here on the right hand side, is mapping to nothing. And if you wanted to you could go ahead and turn off its arrow as well and if you do that by the way--if I click on the arrow to turn off, which doesn't really have any effect inside of the illustrations because it wasn't mapping to a different color in the first place. But now if I click on this little dialog box icon here, notice that the Grays checkbox is now turned on, because Illustrator thinks that I want to protect Shades of gray, Which is just fine, I just want you to see that that's the way things work.
I am going to go ahead and Cancel out the dialog box. One more thing that I want to show you: notice that you can drag individual colors if you want to, so I could grab this guy and drag him to a new location like so, or you can go ahead and move all of the colors in a row by dragging from this little doohickey over here on the left hand side of the row. So if I drag that thing down and drop it into place then I move both of those colors. If you just want to move some colors independently of others then you can Shift+Click in order to select multiple colors like so and then you would just drag on one of the Color Swatches in order to move those guys back into place.
All right, so now that I have the effect I am looking for I'll go ahead and click on the OK button. Illustrator will ask if I want to save my changes to the Shades of blue group, I don't so I'll just go ahead and click the No button, and that tells Illustrator to go ahead and continue to recolor my artwork, just not change the group. And to give you a sense of what we've accomplished here, I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, that's the original coloring associated with the background art. And then if I press Ctrl+Shift+C or Command+Shift +C on a Mac, that's the new coloring, which does a much better job of setting off our brown T-shirts.
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