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This installment of Illustrator Insider Training shows an expert's approach to color choice and control in Illustrator. Mordy Golding guides experienced designers and artists through what he sees are the three stages of applying color to artwork: creation, inspiration, and editing. The course also shows how to build art in a way that allows artists to make changes quickly and how to take advantage of the newer features that have been added to Illustrator over the recent versions.
We've spent a lot of time talking about color throughout this title, yet I would be remiss if I wouldn't tell you about this incredible plug-in for Illustrator called Phantasm CS. It's created by a company called Astute Graphics and you could actually find that more information about it at astutegraphics.com. It basically continues the conversation about everything that we have discussed about color inside of Illustrator. If you want to go to the next level and, for example, you want actually make changes to images that have been embedded inside of Illustrator, or you want make adjustments to like levels and curves the same way that you might do them inside of Photoshop, you'll definitely want to take a look at this plug-in.
In fact, I will head over to Illustrator here for just a moment to show you a few of these really cool features. For example, if I take, let's say, just a Shape, for example, just an ellipse here and draw a circle on my artboard, I am going to fill this with maybe a gradient here, but get rid of the stroke jeer; we don't need the stroke on this, and a feature that I know a lot of people always look for is a way to actually turn this into some kind of a halftone. If I go to the Effect menu at the bottom here, since I have the Phantasm CS plug-in installed, I will see an option here for Halftone, and I get all these incredible options that I can then apply.
For example, I could choose a Shape for that halftone, be it a circle or maybe a square or a line and I could actually mess with the size of those circles, for example, maybe scale it up 200% so I get a bigger dot, and I can adjust many of these settings here as well. Let me cancel out of this for a second because I want to show you that if you're familiar with levels or curve adjustments that you can make inside of Photoshop, you can now do them here inside of Illustrator as well and it even works images that you have embedded into your document. I will go to the Effect menu, I will choose Phantasm CS and I will choose this option here called Levels.
This looks just the way you might find it inside of Photoshop where I can make these adjustments right here and see them happening on my screen. If I click Cancel, I will show you, I can also do the same thing using Curves instead of Levels. I'll go to here and choose Curves and again, if I am familiar with seeing this inside of Photoshop, I can now apply these settings here directly inside of Illustrator. This really is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a tremendous amount of rich features and functions that you can apply especially in the realm of color and I would tell that this applies to print production also.
For example, these plug-ins also allow you to swap in colors and to produce sophisticated color separations. So if any of that sounds somewhat interesting you, head over to astutegraphics.com and definitely check out Phantasm CS.
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