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Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors

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Video: Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors

As a designer, before you start working on any kind of web design or any web graphics, you know that you could start to define your color panels and maybe go ahead and even choose web safe colors for your work. However, quite often, you're also repurposing artwork that was maybe used for another task, or you're using artwork that you didn't create, but are being handed off to you by either a client or another designer. In those cases, you may find that the colors that are being used are not really the ones that you want to work with. Maybe they are not web-safe or maybe they are not the specific colors that you want.

Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors

As a designer, before you start working on any kind of web design or any web graphics, you know that you could start to define your color panels and maybe go ahead and even choose web safe colors for your work. However, quite often, you're also repurposing artwork that was maybe used for another task, or you're using artwork that you didn't create, but are being handed off to you by either a client or another designer. In those cases, you may find that the colors that are being used are not really the ones that you want to work with. Maybe they are not web-safe or maybe they are not the specific colors that you want.

So it could be tedious to kind of go through your document and select all your colors and convert them to the right colors. Well, there is a great feature inside of Illustrator, something called Recolor Artwork, which has some really fantastic functionality inside of it to help you make quick color conversions. In this case, I want to show you how can use it to take any artwork and instantly convert those colors to web safe colors. For example, here is some artwork on our artboard right now that was created maybe by another designer. I now need to incorporate this in my web site. Maybe this was originally created for print.

I did just a quick RGB conversion. I have the colors that are here, but maybe I want these to match specific colors, either colors I'm already using for a web site or maybe I want these to have actually web safe colors applied to them. If I go to my Window menu, I'm going to choose to open up Color panel here, and you can see that with my Direct Selection tool, if I click on maybe the background color here, I can see that Illustrator is telling me this is not a web safe color. I can see that's the case for these other colors as well. These colors that are being used are not web safe colors. Now, I could start to select all of this artwork and start to make changes, but I want to show you a way that you can actually make this change in one quick step, meaning convert all colors in your artwork to their closest equivalents of web safe colors.

I'm going to start by taking my Regular Selection tool. I'm going to select one of these pieces of art over here. It's important to realize that the feature I'm about to show you right now only works on art that is selected. This allows you to make changes to different pieces of art individually without affecting your entire document. So I want to keep this original here, and I want to use this image here on the right to convert it to web safe colors, so that I can kind of compare it to and make sure that they are close enough for me to use. With the artwork selected, you'll now see that there is a little color wheel that appears in the top of your Control panel.

If you mouse over this, it says Recolor Artwork. That's the quick way to actually find this feature. Another way to get that feature is to actually go to the Edit menu, choose Edit Colors, and then choose Recolor Artwork. But now I'm simply going to take this artwork with it selected and click on this button, which opens up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now, in a previous movie, we spoke about something called the Color Guide. It's a way for Illustrator to go ahead now and recommend colors that work based on certain harmonies. We know that we had the ability to limit the Color Guide to work within a certain range of colors.

Well, the Recolor Artwork feature actually taps into that same basic technology. You'll notice there is a button over here that also allows me to limit the Recolor Artwork feature to use a specific library. So if I come now over here to this little pop-up menu and I scroll to the bottom and I choose Web, that means I'm limiting the Recolor Artwork dialog box to recolor the artwork that I have selected only using web safe colors. Now before I do that, let me explain to you exactly what's happening here. Right now, I currently have five colors in my document.

Illustrator does count white or black as a color. In this case, I have some white here, but I really only have four colors that I'm going to change into new colors here. We refer to each of these as color rows, and what Illustrator is telling me is that right now this current color is going to change into a new color. If I wanted to protect a certain color, I can actually click on the arrow to deselect it. That means that this color won't change at all, but only these three colors will change. But I'm not actually going to click on this arrow here. I do want all these four colors to change and I want them to change to their closest web color, or web safe color equivalents.

So to do that, I'm going to limit the Recolor Artwork feature to only work within the web safe color palette. So I'm going to choose web over here, and now you can see that automatically these colors now changed, meaning that these colors now will snap to their closest equivalents of web safe colors. If I click OK, that's all I really need to do. I have now successfully changed the colors in this to be web safe colors. You can even see a small difference between the colors here, but that's really fine for me. I actually kind of like the more saturated and richer colors that I'm seeing here.

If I go back to the Window menu and open up my Color panel, you'll now see that as I click on each of these colors, these are indeed web safe colors. I'm not getting that warning, that 3-D cube over here, like I do get on this side over here. So all the colors here with really one step just by limiting the Recolor Artwork feature to only work within the web safe color palette, I can simply launch that feature and click OK, and now in one step, I've now converted all of my colors in my artwork to web safe colors.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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