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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.
So we're starting to understand what this Recolor Artwork feature is supposed to do for us inside of Illustrator. In the previous movie, we learned that we have to actually select artwork first in order to make changes to the colors in that artwork. So let's do that quickly here. I'm working in this file called recolor.ai. I am going to select this piece of artwork on the left side right here, and then, in the Control panel, I am going to click on this little color-chip wheel right here to open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now again, because I had Artwork selected, Illustrator automatically brought me to the Assign part of this dialog box.
In this movie, I want to focus on just this area right here. These are things which we call Color Rows. When we say Color Row I am not referring to the things that are here which are columns, I am talking about each item over here, and let's understand exactly what's represented here. Again, here on the left side where I have these wide bars, these refer to the Current Colors in my selection. Obviously, they don't refer to all the colors in my document because we're only dealing here with the colors that appear inside of the artwork that I've already selected.
On the far right side here, we have what these colors are now going to become. These are the new colors. In fact, when we look at each individual row here, or each individual color row, we kind of read it almost like a mathematical equation. Let's take it one step at a time. This color which currently appears inside of my artwork will change into, the Arrow means that it's now going to become this new color. Now, notice over here that this color box is split into two sections here.
The top part over here refers to what my new color is going to be, the bottom part refers to how Illustrator was going to actually make that change. It's something which we refer to as a colorization method. That's actually something that we're going to be talking about in the next chapter when we talk about color modification. But for now, let's just understand exactly how this mathematical equation is going to be read here inside of Illustrator. This one color in my document is going to change into this new color using a certain colorization method.
Here's the thing about right now working with the Recolor Artwork feature inside of Illustrator. If I select some artwork, and then I open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box, Illustrator doesn't know yet which colors I want to change my artwork into. So by default, each color gets remapped back to itself. So that's why what we see right now are my original color in my artwork is now going to become the same color because Illustrator doesn't know yet which color I want it to change into.
However, I have a variety of different ways to tell Illustrator now which colors I actually want to change into. If I just wanted to, for example, swap to colors, I could take let's say this color right here, and drag it to this one. That will actually swap the two colors, so now this color is going to become this color, while this color now becomes this one. Let me drag it back over here to go back to the way that it was before. Now, notice over here at the bottom I also have two other colors that appear in my artwork.
I have the color black which is actually just a border around the entire artwork and I also have white which appears here in the center of the flower. Those colors don't change at all, and that's something that we're going to discuss in the next movie because as we'll see, we have a certain way to protect certain colors from not changing at all. However, all of these colors have Arrows meaning those colors can change. I don't really see any change here again, because all the colors are being remapped back to themselves. But let's say I am faced right now with a situation where I'm working with some artwork, and that artwork right now has five different colors inside of it, again I am not counting black and white right now.
But I have these five colors right now that are used inside of my file, and I'm told that I can now only use three colors in my artwork. So what I could do is I could take this color right here, my current color, and I might say that these two colors are pretty similar right now, I could actually take this color and drag it into this color. Notice now I have two colors that appear inside of my Current Color selection. I'm now basically saying again if we look at that as a mathematical equation, these two colors inside of my artwork are now going to become a one new color.
If I take a look at these two colors and I say these are similar, I can drag this one into this one right here, and again what I am doing is I am taking two colors, and I am telling Illustrator to turn those two colors into one new color. Again, it doesn't really make a difference how or where those colors are being used. They can be inside of a pattern or an ingredient, or as a fill and a stroke, I don't care about that, because I am focused purely on the color itself. Now, if I have several colors inside of one of these Color Rows, I can also move my cursor to the far left and I have like a little icon that appears, it only appears when I actually mouse over that Color Row, and if I click on that it's a way for me to select all the colors in that row.
So, for example, if I come down to this Color Row right here and click on this icon, it selects all the colors in that row, and I can drag them all at once into this one new row. Now, I am telling Illustrator take these three colors, and turn them into one new color. Now, like I said before there is No undo button inside of this dialog box. So let's kind of reset the tables here, and I am actually going to come over here to this icon which is called Get colors from selected art, and by clicking on it, I am basically now reloading the original colors into this dialog again.
So I am kind of starting from scratch, and once again, you can see that Illustrator is listing all the colors that appear in my selection, and Illustrator is remapping each of those colors back to itself again. Another way for me to actually change a color is to go to the New color here and simply double-click on it. This brings up the Color Picker and I can choose a color here, or I can click on Color Swatches and choose a specific Color Swatch for my document. In this way, even though I've selected many different colors, I'm effectively only changing one of those colors.
So again, this allows me to select everything but only make changes to one specific area of my artwork or more specifically make changes only to a color attribute, no matter where that color might be used. So now we have a better understanding of what each of these Color Rows actually represents when I'm looking at them. We also noticed that some of these Color Rows like the ones for black and white here don't have any new colors assigned to them. We'll understand why that's the case in the next movie.
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