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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise we're going to take a look at how to use that Assign panel inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box. I've saved my changes from the previous exercise as Eight colors to choose from.ai. We're going to switch back to Yet another variation.ai and we're going to recolor the background objects once again. So I am going to do that by dropping down to layers panel here and clicking in the upper right-hand corner of that backdrop layer. This time just to make it easier to do a before-and-after comparison of these colors I am going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac.
Even though Recolor Artwork automatically hides those selection edges later, when I'm doing an undo back and forth to show you the difference, it's going to help to have hidden the edges in advance. All right, now I'll go up to the Recolor Artwork icon here on the Control panel click on it to bring up the Recolor Artwork dialog box and you can experiment with selecting one of these color groups if you want to. You could click on Vibrant alternative for example and that's just going to automatically recolor or all of the items in the selection and just do whatever the heck it wants to do.
Now notice this little bit of leaf right here on the right-hand side of the left-hand artboard, it's getting color differently than everything else and that's because Illustrator is trying to compensate or more specifically Recolor Artwork dialog box is trying to compensate for that Screen Blend mode that I'd assigned to those objects and so it reads colors based on their appearance. So if you've got some Blend modes assigned then that may throw Recolor Artwork a little bit and it may try to recolor different bits and pieces of a otherwise homogenously colored group of objects differently than each other.
We'll see the implications of that as we work through this exercise. But you could Sixtuplet, try any of these guys said sort of fires your imagination, there's Vibrant floral which actually looks pretty good. Anyway I am going to switch to one of the Harmony Rules. So Illustrator is automatically determined that this shade of red is the base color. If you wanted to switch that you'd go over to the Edit panel and switch back to the color wheel and then you would right -click at one of these smaller circles and say I want that set as the base color. But if you do that, that's going to remap the colors automatically inside of your artwork, even if you haven't done anything.
Let me show you what I mean here. I'll go ahead and click on this little Revert icon that gets the colors from the selected art in order to reestablish the colors I already had set up and notice that that moves all my color circles around because it's remapping the colors back to way they were. I'll for example right-click on this sort of purple color right there and choose Set as Base Color. This big purple object is going to totally remap to a different color because it's moving inside of this color list. So even though my colors are exactly the same as they were before Illustrator has reordered them.
So at least two colors have switched places with each other. You can actually move that color back to where it was if you can remember where it belonged inside of this list. So I could sort of fool around with this and move it by dragging the color swatch here inside of this little group. That would've required me to pay attention in advance to what I was doing and I really don't care that much, it doesn't really matter for purposes of this exercise exactly which colors in which place. But I just want you to see that is an option. Anyway I'm going to switch back to Assign.
Now I'm going to select a Harmony Rule based on that purple and I'm just looking through my list here trying to decide what looks best, maybe High Contrast too sense it has a lot of colors to choose from. Then notice what were formerly eight colors are mapping down to six colors. So some of the colors are getting grouped together and at least one of the colors here isn't getting mapped to anything. This little minus sign with out any color to the right of it means that this color is not getting remapped and if I want to see which color that is I can grab little magnifying glass and click on it and I'll find out that it's this group of dark objects here.
If I don't like that then I would click off that magnifying glass and notice every time you click on the magnifying glass that turns off the Recolor Art check box, so that you're not previewing that recoloring in the illustration. As soon as you turn off the magnifying glass it turns back on thereby indicating that you are previewing your changes. But if you decide this guy needs to be remapped to some other color. Then you would just go ahead and drag it to that color that is going to get remapped to you. Don't drag it on to the purple for example that you are going to remap it to, you drag it onto the color that's getting remapped and then it becomes part of that remapping solution right there.
So both of these colors; are getting mapped if I click on this down pointing arrow head to different tints of this color. By the way this color right here was defined by the color Harmony Rule that we just selected. You may notice that a couple of these options are turned off right now they are dimmed and that's because Preserve Spot Colors is turned on. If you turn that check box off then you have the option of selecting from Tints and Shades and Hue Shift as well. I don't see these options as being all that useful on a regular basis by the way. I usually shift back and forth between Scale Tints and Exact and I will show you how Exact works in the next exercise.
But right now I am going to turn that check box back on because I don't really care about it and I'm going to experiment with some other options here. If you want to change a color, if you decide for example that this shade of yellow isn't what you wanted to be then you double-click on it and that brings up the Color Picker dialog box and then you dial in a different color. So again I want you to notice you can do that, I am going to cancel out because that kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion. If you're sitting there dialing in a new color to map to for each and everyone of your old colors and you might as well be doing this in Illustrator proper we're looking for automation where the Recolor Artwork dialog box is concerned.
Well now let's say you decide that one of these colors should not be mapped to a new color or that is to say it shouldn't be mapped to anything. For example, let's go ahead and find this dark background stuff on the right hand Artboard, I will go ahead and grab my magnifying glass, and I think it's this. So I will click on that color and sure enough that's the stuff back there and right now it's getting mapped to a shade of brown and not a very dark brown. So we are not going to get very dark result. So let's say I don't want to map it to anything. I will go ahead and click on the magnifying glass to turn it off. What you can do is you can drag this color right there to this empty area, to this little repository and that'll do the trick.
But let's say don't have one, let's say you are working along inside one of your own projects and you just have a blank area down here, a blank row. You don't want to drag a color and drop it into a blank row because that causes Illustrator to throw a fit. This is basically what happens. Not a very nice one. I've seen the program crash when you do that in fact. So what I suggest you do is you need a new blank row. Then you come down here to this little icon and you click on it and you'll get a new row, a new empty row and then you can drag into it. Now we already had an empty row but just wanted to show you how that works.
I am going to grab this guy, drag it into my new empty row and then it's not getting mapped to a different color. Now let's say you do want to map it to a different color, why then you go ahead and click in that area to the right and it asks you hey do you want to add a new color to the current harmony and you say, yes I do. It goes ahead and puts it on the one we are not using. But the reason asks you, is because you're violating the Harmony Rule once you start doing that. Anyway, I'll go ahead and move this guy now into this area so it's getting mapped to that shade of red. I don't want that red, so I will double- click and even though I said this kind of violates the purpose this time I want to go ahead and dial in my own color and it's going to be something very dark, like so.
Notice this is a reason if no other work to bring up this dialog box, notice I select a different color and it does not preview in the background. So you have the click OK before you're going to see the preview. Another little interface foible in my opinion. But as soon as you do it, it works out nicely and if you don't want the map to occur see this little arrow there you can turn it off by clicking on it and then the color even though, there is a color to map two isn't getting mapped. If you now want to map it if you want to turn the mapping back on you click on that arrow to turn it back on.
That's basically it; once you're done you go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. Then Illustrator is going to ask you, hey do you want to save your changes to the artwork colors group. Well I don't even know what group it's talking about at this point. But let's say yes in order to see what it does. So I will click on the Yes button and I imagine that we'll have a new color group and in deed we do that's called Artwork colors. So not only have we gone ahead and remapped all the colors in the background but we've also created a new color group to go along with it and that is how you use the Assign Options inside the Recolor Artwork dialog box here in Illustrator.
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