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Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in

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Video: Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in

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.

Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in

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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Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Adobe Illustrator: A colorful history
      3m 25s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 32m 35s
    1. Getting to know the color models
      9m 5s
    2. Understanding the difference between process and custom colors
      7m 7s
    3. Understanding how the HSB color wheel works
      11m 2s
    4. Working with color harmonies
      5m 21s
  3. 43m 55s
    1. Deconstructing the Color panel
      6m 36s
    2. Working with "phantom" colors
      5m 16s
    3. Defining and using process colors
      6m 15s
    4. Defining and using global process colors
      7m 51s
    5. Defining and using spot colors
      8m 37s
    6. Accessing color libraries
      9m 20s
  4. 46m 22s
    1. Organizing colors into groups
      13m 59s
    2. Creating swatches and groups from artwork
      7m 19s
    3. Removing unused swatches from documents
      3m 48s
    4. Replacing and merging color swatches
      5m 38s
    5. Creating and managing your own color libraries
      6m 10s
    6. Making custom libraries permanent
      2m 50s
    7. Adding custom colors to new documents
      6m 38s
  5. 19m 42s
    1. Accessing Kuler from within Illustrator
      2m 20s
    2. Getting inspiration from the Color Guide panel
      2m 41s
    3. Understanding how the Color Guide works
      3m 58s
    4. Setting limits on the Color Guide
      10m 43s
  6. 40m 54s
    1. Editing color groups with the color wheel
      12m 51s
    2. Breaking down the Recolor Artwork feature
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding what color rows represent
      6m 34s
    4. Protecting black, white, and gray
      6m 24s
    5. Finding colors quickly with the magnifying glass
      3m 28s
    6. Randomly changing colors
      3m 21s
  7. 53m 34s
    1. Making global color adjustments
      3m 48s
    2. Remapping colors in an illustration
      6m 13s
    3. Fixing colors in a document
      8m 57s
    4. Understanding color reduction
      13m 29s
    5. Reducing colors intelligently and precisely
      7m 42s
    6. Changing the colors within patterns
      4m 39s
    7. Using color groups to your advantage
      8m 46s
  8. 21m 24s
    1. Converting color to grayscale
      3m 25s
    2. Converting to grayscale with the Grayscale color group
      4m 45s
    3. Converting grayscale to color
      2m 27s
    4. Finding spot equivalents of process colors
      6m 48s
    5. Producing color matches intelligently
      3m 59s
  9. 16m 26s
    1. Proofing colors for color-blindness
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding book color
      9m 11s
    3. Previewing color separations
      2m 19s
  10. 3m 20s
    1. Taking color further with the Phantasm CS plug-in
      2m 30s
    2. Next steps
      50s

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