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Using the Color Guide panel

From: Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Video: Using the Color Guide panel

As designers, we all have hit that one creative wall where we just couldn't figure out exactly what we wanted to do, especially when it comes to creating our own colors. In this movie, I'll be walking you through how to utilize Illustrator's Color Guide panel to hopefully alleviate some of those creative headaches. As you can see here I've got some artwork on my artboard, and I've only got one petal of this flower colored because that's the color I know I have to use. But the other colors, I don't exactly know what they need to be. Maybe the client hasn't told me or maybe I'm just experimenting to create even more creative artwork.

Using the Color Guide panel

As designers, we all have hit that one creative wall where we just couldn't figure out exactly what we wanted to do, especially when it comes to creating our own colors. In this movie, I'll be walking you through how to utilize Illustrator's Color Guide panel to hopefully alleviate some of those creative headaches. As you can see here I've got some artwork on my artboard, and I've only got one petal of this flower colored because that's the color I know I have to use. But the other colors, I don't exactly know what they need to be. Maybe the client hasn't told me or maybe I'm just experimenting to create even more creative artwork.

So in this case I'm going to utilize the Color Guide panel to sort help me along. The first thing I am going to do is going to find Color Guide panel. It's right over here on the right, and I will just click and drag it out. The Color Guide panel basically allows you to create color harmonies based upon the active color that you have selected. Once you have that artwork selected you can then base the colors that the color guide gives you off of that color, and instantly find things that are in harmony with it. You can also determine Shades and Tints upon that color as well.

In this case, I've got this selected, and I'm going to make that my active color by clicking right there. You can see here that it automatically gives me some Harmony Rules. I can go in here to the dropdown and actually change those to different types of Harmony Rules. For instance, if I wanted to keep it Monochromatic, I could actually select this, which gives me variation upon that one color, which is kind of what I am looking for. You can also going to Color panel up here at the top to the menu item and choose Color Guide Options.

Inside of the Color Guide Options you can determine how many steps go cross both Shades and Tints. So in this case, I might bump that up to 7 giving me more shades and more tints of that color as well. If you want less variation you can actually drag this to the left. And you'll notice as I drag to left the colors become more unified, dragging it more to the right, varies them up a little bit more. So in this case I think I'll go with about 50% in the middle. 7 Steps looks okay and I will hit OK.

So now I have all of these different colors to choose from in the Color Guide panel and I can use those to apply to my artwork. So I can select these, and I will actually remove the stroke component from these so that I don't have to worry about that anymore. And now I will just start applying colors to the artwork. Remember, I'm going to this select is right here, set this as my color, and then I'm going to start working. So I will select this, and I will pick a blue, select another object, pick another shade of blue, this object here, I want that to be even lighter shade of blue, and here maybe something a little lighter.

Finally here, maybe another one just like that. So I have created something that is technically in harmony and has lots of different color variations in it and I did that by utilizing the Color Guide panel. Now you can come in and work with any number of the Harmony Rules that you want to. For instance, I could pick something like this one here, and see all these and then I could make a completely different look instantaneously. So I select this, then I will just start applying colors. Once I've got my colors like I like them, just click away.

If I am still not satisfied, maybe I want to base it off of one of these other colors. I select it, make that the active color, and then I can come in and choose other color harmonys. So for instance, maybe I want this one. Now I'll select one of these and I will just start applying colors. There you have it. Quick and easy color harmonies utilizing the Color Guide panel inside Illustrator, which should hopefully help you get over those creative hurdles and put you well on your way to creating better artwork.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 72477 viewers

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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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