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Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature

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Video: Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature

In this exercise I'll show you yet another way to recolor a selection. This time instead of dragging those little circles around inside the color wheel, we'll work with the Color Bars, which is another feature inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box and what it will allow us to do is flip the relationship between these two T-shirts. So in other words, we can make the bottom one dark and the top one light, if we're so inclined which we will be as you'll see and it's a heck of a trick it's very simple. It helps us add a little bit of variety to this illustration. I've saved my progress as Recolored from group.ai and I am going to go ahead and create another colored group this time based on green.

Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature

In this exercise I'll show you yet another way to recolor a selection. This time instead of dragging those little circles around inside the color wheel, we'll work with the Color Bars, which is another feature inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box and what it will allow us to do is flip the relationship between these two T-shirts. So in other words, we can make the bottom one dark and the top one light, if we're so inclined which we will be as you'll see and it's a heck of a trick it's very simple. It helps us add a little bit of variety to this illustration. I've saved my progress as Recolored from group.ai and I am going to go ahead and create another colored group this time based on green.

So this shade of green right there it seems like an analogous green to this blue. So I'll go ahead and click on it to make it active. Then I'll switch to the Color Guide panel and I'll hope that I'm seeing the last used harmony but what I'm really seeing here and you'll see it too if you've been working along with me, is four shades of green and then some blacks and white and so it's going from that scarlet group that I cratered from these two T-shirts in the third column before I got rid of the bad colors, the colors I didn't want. So I have to go back to the Swatches panel it's kind of painful and you click on any one of these three groups, it really doesn't matter.

We might as well just stick with the very first one, shades of blue. So click on it to make it active. Switch back to the Color Guide panel. Sure enough we now have that harmony set up and ready to go and it still remembers our green, which is great. If it doesn't, you have to go back to the Swatches panel and click on that green again. But in my case it remembers. So I all I have to do is, click on the little guy to set up the base color. We've got a new set of swatches; go ahead and save them as a group by clicking on the Folder icon, switch back to the Swatches panel click on that group to make it active. Go up to the flyout menu and choose Color Group Options and then let's go ahead and name this Green shades let's say and click OK.

I am going to go ahead and marquee this final column of T-shirts in order to select it. Then I'll click on the Recolor Artwork icon up here in the Control panel and I will move the dialog box over to the left side of the screen so that we can see what we are doing and I'll click Green shades. Bang! Done I can click OK and I'm out of here and this just amazes me that you can get this kind of work done this quickly inside of Illustrator. Once you've set up the color groups in advance of course. But what if like I said I want to switch things out, I want the dark T-shirt to be on the bottom and the light T-shirt to be on the top.

Well I'll switch over to edit -- oh! and I should show you by the way, at any time if you find yourself over your head you make a bunch of changes for example, you click on Brights because you are out of your mind, the Brights group there and then you go to the Edit panel and then you just start goofing around with the colors and you turn them into some sort of hideous abomination that just looks awful. You started thinking better of it after a point. Well you don't really have an Undo inside this dialog box. But you do have a Revert and the Revert is up here.

This little icon that doesn't appear anywhere else inside the software that has a little eyedropper in a page under it and that's to get colors from selected artwork makes it seem like that's a tool and you'd use it to click on a color in order to lift it, didn't work that way at all it's a revert. So if you click on it, you restore your original colors. Anyway, I am going to click on Green shades again and I'm in the Edit area, that's very important. So click on the word Edit, if you're not. Then what I'd like you to do is switch from the smooth color wheel over to the color bars.

What's going on here and I think it's pretty easy to see this first color right there is the back color. The inside of the sleeves and the inside of the collar of the bottom shirt and then the next green is the color of the inside the interior of the bottom shirt and then the third green is the interior of the top shirt and the final green is the background that is the interior of the sleeves and the collar of the top group. So once again by the way, whatever they may look like the text is actually white here at the bottom. Its white set to 50% Opacity and the top text is black set to 50% Opacity, so we won't be changing the text.

All right, so what I want to do is I want to switch out the fabric colors, I want to switch the bottom fabric color for the top fabric color and vice versa, swap them with each other. So I'll go ahead and take this Color Bar and drag it onto this one and they'll switch places like so and so I just swap the color that easily. Now I'll go ahead and grab this guy and drag him to the beginning of the list. Now I am not really going to swap these two, what's going to happen here is I'll move this guy to the beginning and he becomes the interior of the sleeves and the collar in the bottom shirt but everybody else gets mixed up.

So I need to take this color right there and move it to the end. So I've officially swapped the two colors and I end up getting this effect here. So I just swap the color schemes between these two T-shirts and now I'll go ahead and click OK. Now because Green shades, is italic, Illustrator must think that I'm trying to make changes to this group. So as soon as I click OK it's going to ask me hey do you want to save your changes, I don't. But even though I click on No, I still go ahead and recolor my artwork and I end up getting this effect here which I think looks great. So, now that quickly lickety-split really I've been able to change now my blue T-shirts, so I started out with four dark and four light blue T-shirts and I've swapped them for other colors here using the incredibly powerful and versatile Recolor Artwork future here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

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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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