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Using the color guide

From: Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Using the color guide

So you are cranking away at your awesome illustration and there comes time to actually apply some colors. Now you may have some colors to start with, but maybe you are looking for some inspiration. You want to be able to actually add additional colors and you also want to make sure that there is new colors that are used actually work well with your existing colors. Well, Illustrator has the perfect tool for you. It's called the Color Guide. Let me move my artwork just a little bit over here to the side and I'm actually going to pull out my Color Guide panel right over here. I'll march the panel just a little bit and let's take a look and see exactly how this works here inside of Illustrator.

Using the color guide

So you are cranking away at your awesome illustration and there comes time to actually apply some colors. Now you may have some colors to start with, but maybe you are looking for some inspiration. You want to be able to actually add additional colors and you also want to make sure that there is new colors that are used actually work well with your existing colors. Well, Illustrator has the perfect tool for you. It's called the Color Guide. Let me move my artwork just a little bit over here to the side and I'm actually going to pull out my Color Guide panel right over here. I'll march the panel just a little bit and let's take a look and see exactly how this works here inside of Illustrator.

First, let's identify a few basic things or parts about the Color Guide itself. There is a button here, which allows us to set the base color to our current color from a variety of Harmony Rules. If I click on this button over here, I can actually choose between 23 different Harmony Rules. The Color Guide itself then displays a variety of shades and tints of color, based on the harmony that I have chosen. So let's see exactly how this works. Now what I can do is I can come over to my Swatches panel and I can click on any color here, for example, this one right here. In doing so, it will basically generate how much of the colors based in the harmony that's chosen.

These colors which all exist now inside of that harmony are actually displayed here in the center of the Color Guide. To the left of those colors are all shades or darker versions of that particular color and to the right are tints or lighter colors of those colors as well. If I like any of these colors, I can simply click on them and drag them into my Swatches panel to add them to my swatches. Alternatively, I can hold down the Command key and click on several of them and then click on this button over here to actually define a New Color Group inside of my Swatches panel. For example, let's say I want to work with Complementary Colors. I'll actually click from this list over here, Complementary 2.

Now, whenever I click on any color on my Swatches panel, the color guide will suggest colors that are complementary to my color. Now there are also a few various settings that I could use to control exactly how the Color Guide actually makes these suggestions. For example, I'll come out over here to the flyout menu or the panel menu over here for the Color Guide and I'll choose Color Guide Options. Notice it over here where it says Variation Options. It says for a number of Steps 4. What that means is that for each version of Tints and Shades, it gives me four different steps in that particular direction.

So remember here at the center area of the swatches here are actually these colors that appear in the harmony itself. So the first color is actually the color that I clicked on right over here. The other colors are automatically generated based on the harmony that I choose and then all of these colors are displayed down here in the center row. Because I have my Step set to 4, I'm now seeing four shades of each of those colors and also four tints of each of those colors as well. Now the amount of variation that appears between this particular color and this one and this one are set to the More value, but if I would adjust this slider to be Less then I would see that the variation from here to here is obviously not as sharp and I could, of course, adjust that as well.

So now the colors somewhat change little bit more so in nature but as we'll go towards the More area, they take a more exaggerated approach as they move down the line. Now if I want, I can reduce the number of the steps here. Three is the fewest number that you can use and you can even go all the way up to #20. In doing so, you generate lots of different variations of your color. I'll click OK and show you that if you want to, obviously, there are lots little tiny swatches here. What I can do is stand my Color Guide this way to see more variations of my colors. Now the number of colors that you see here is actually tied directly to the numbers that appear inside of your harmony. For example, if I were just to choose the Complementary 1, which is a harmony made of only two colors, I only see two rows of colors here. But one of the really nice things about the Color Guide is that it also works for color groups. Meaning if I go over here and I click on not just a regular swatch itself but the actual entire group, the entire group gets loaded here into this and variations of that group are also offered as well.

In theory, I can have a group that contains something like 50 colors and I would definitely see a row of 50 colors here as well. So the color guide is a great tool to use when you need to get inspired around working with color. That I'll tell you then in the next movie, we are going to see how to take this Color Guide to a whole new level entirely.

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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