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Just as important as it is to actually choose the right colors to use for your designs inside of your web site, it's also important to be able to control those colors when you need to make changes. Now Illustrator has a fantastic feature called Recolor Artwork. I want to show you how you can use it to modify colors across an entire web site design. Now the important thing to realize about the Recolor Artwork feature is that it works on an artwork that is currently selected. So the first thing I want to do, I don't want to change the colors, the logos itself that are here. So I'm actually going to go ahead now and select the two logos here and choose Object > Lock.
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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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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site

Just as important as it is to actually choose the right colors to use for your designs inside of your web site, it's also important to be able to control those colors when you need to make changes. Now Illustrator has a fantastic feature called Recolor Artwork. I want to show you how you can use it to modify colors across an entire web site design. Now the important thing to realize about the Recolor Artwork feature is that it works on an artwork that is currently selected. So the first thing I want to do, I don't want to change the colors, the logos itself that are here. So I'm actually going to go ahead now and select the two logos here and choose Object > Lock.

I'm going to choose Lock > Selection. Command+2 or Ctrl+2 are the keyboard shortcuts for that. So now if I hit Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all, everything is selected now except for those two logos. Now the feature that I'm working with right now called Recolor Artwork works on all types of artwork that's created inside of Illustrator, but it doesn't work on images. So I don't need to worry about images changing here at all. If you want to change the colors inside of an image, that's something that you'll need to do inside of a program like Photoshop, for example. But for here, I'm selecting everything and I can go up to this little icon on my Control panel called Recolor Artwork.

Alternatively, I can go to the Edit menu, choose Edit Colors, and then choose Recolor Artwork here as well. I'm going to go back over here to this little icon and click on it, and this opens up the Recolor Artwork dialog box. Now if you'll notice here inside of my design, I have some colors that I'm using and I feel like I may be using too many colors, and I want to add more consistency to my design. In fact, right now, I have some text over here especially over here inside of the sidebars that I'm coloring with some kind of a dark or deep blue color. And then I also have a blue color that's used in this gradient, which is in the background.

I want to make sure that they're using the same consistent color. So when I open up the Recolor Artwork dialog box now with all of this artwork selected, Illustrator tells me that I currently have 41 colors in my selection. If I scroll down this list, I actually see a list of all these colors. Basically what's happening is here that each of these colors rows are letting me know that this current color right now will change into a new color that I specify. Now by default, Illustrator just remaps each color back to itself again because it doesn't know really what I want to change it to.

The first thing that I want to do though is quickly identify where these colors exist inside of my file. If I click on this little icon over here, this magnifying glass, it grays out all of my artwork. Now, whenever I click on any of these colors, those colors now appear highlighted in the document, so I can see exactly where that color is being used. Now if I scroll down a little bit in this list over here to some of these darker colors and I click on this one, for example, I can see that this color is currently being used for this background, for the headers, and for some of the text here as well, but I also want that exact same color to be used with the gradient that appears in the background over here as well.

If I scroll down the list a little bit more and I click on some more of these colors, I can see that this color right here is actually being used in that gradient. So what I want to do is I want to actually combine these two together and have them all become one single color. The easy way to do that is simply take this color right here and drag it into this color. This means now that I'm telling Illustrator take both of these colors right here and combine them together to represent a new color. Now by default, Illustrator tries to simulate that by specifying different tint values to that color, but I'm going to click on this little pop-up over here and choose a different colorization method, something called Exact.

In other words, I want these two colors to change to this one exact color. When I do that, I can now click on the Recolor Art button here and I can see that Illustrator now is taking that same dark or deep blue color that's being applied to the text and it also goes ahead and adds that to the gradient itself. So I don't even have to go ahead and modify the gradient otherwise. This happens directly here to the Recolor Artwork dialog box. I'm now going to click OK and I've been able to make a change very easily across my entire web site.

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