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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here's a great way to get color inspiration directly inside of Illustrator. By going to the Window menu, you can choose an option here called Color Guide. This brings up the Color Guide panel. The job of the Color Guide panel is basically to offer suggestions of color that work well with colors that you already choose. For example, I am going to go ahead to Swatches panel and click on some of these colors. Notice that as I click on each of the colors, the Color Guide updates suggesting colors that might work well with that color. The way that the Color Guide works is pretty simple. I can come here to this little pop-up menu here and choose what's called a Color Harmony. This is just a scientific way that defines relationships between colors. By choosing one of these, I am basically giving the Color Guide some kind of an idea of what types of colors I would like to see.
What's important with these Harmony rules is to know that none of these are right or wrong. Just as a designer, you can just choose one of these and see how it works. For example, I will choose Complimentary 2. I will expand the panel just a little bit so I could see more of it. As I click on a color in the Swatches panel, Illustrator chooses a variety of Complimentary colors here, which are displayed also directly in the center here, and it offers Shades darker and Tints lighter of those colors as well. But as a web designer, you also know that sometimes you want to work within a web safe color palette. So while it's nice that the Color Guide is offering suggestions of lots of colors, it's very doubtful that any of these colors are web safe colors.
You can change that pretty easily by coming down to this icon here on the lower left hand corner. It allows us to limit the color groups to colors that are in a specific swatch library. Let me click over here and choose Web. Now the only colors that can be suggested inside of the Color Guide are going to be web safe colors. So no matter what color I click on over here, all the suggestions that are offered by the Color Guide will always be web safe colors. I find this to be a great way, not only to get inspiration for colors, but also to make sure that the colors that I do choose will always work great inside of my web graphics.
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