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Understanding what color rows represent

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Video: Understanding what color rows represent

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.

Understanding what color rows represent

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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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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