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Working in the Edit Colors dialog box

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Video: Working in the Edit Colors dialog box

In this movie, I'll show you how to modify entire collections of colors inside the Edit Color dialog box. And you can modify these colors either based on Harmony Rules, or based on existing color groups, or you can totally go your own way. And you do so visually inside that very same Lab Color wheel that I showed you a few movies ago. I've gone ahead and restored my original color scheme because that last one I created was not my best work; but I've still got my color groups Floral scheme and Bird of Paradise available inside the Swatches panel.

Working in the Edit Colors dialog box

In this movie, I'll show you how to modify entire collections of colors inside the Edit Color dialog box. And you can modify these colors either based on Harmony Rules, or based on existing color groups, or you can totally go your own way. And you do so visually inside that very same Lab Color wheel that I showed you a few movies ago. I've gone ahead and restored my original color scheme because that last one I created was not my best work; but I've still got my color groups Floral scheme and Bird of Paradise available inside the Swatches panel.

I'll click on Bird of Paradise to make it active, switch back over to the Color Guide panel, click on my blue base color in order to make it the base color for this custom harmony. And then I'll modify the colors by clicking on this little Edit Colors icon in the bottom- right corner of the Color Guide panel, and that will bring up this big Edit Colors dialog box. Now as you can see front and center inside this dialog box is a Lab color wheel with red over here on the right hand side, green on the left side, yellow up, and blue down.

And we are actually seeing the relative positions of the colors inside the Bird of Paradise group, just as if this were a standard color harmony. And I can modify these colors just by dragging any one of them. So if you drag the base color, the one with the thick outline, then you'll end up moving all the related colors as you see here. And that goes for reducing the saturation of the colors or increasing the saturation of the colors as well. You can also drag independent colors. Now in the case of a custom harmony rule like this one, that's going to continue to move all the hues around. But notice that you can modify the saturation of a sheep color, which is one of the followers of the base color; either by dragging out toward the perimeter of the color wheel, which increases the saturation; or dragging inward toward the center, which reduces the saturation.

If you want to modify the brightness of all colors inside of the group, then you drag this Adjust brightness slider. So if you drag to the right you will increase the brightness, if you drag to the left you'll decrease the brightness. What do you do if you want to change the brightness of a single color independently? Well in that case you click on this second icon underneath the color wheel, Show brightness and hue on wheel, and that's going to change the center to perimeter access as a brightness access, while of course the perimeter remains hue. And now notice that I can create a dark blue like so, independently of the other colors.

And then if you decide you want to switch back to saturation you just click in that first icon under the wheel. Few other options that are available to you here, if you click on this little flyout menu icon you can change your primary colors. By default I believe you'll see these set up as CMYK; I prefer to work--because I am working inside of his Lab color wheel--not with Lab as you might think, because entering in Lab values takes a fair amount of expertise. I prefer to work with a HSB, which is Hue, Saturation and Brightness.

And that way, you know that a Hue value of zero, for example, gets you red and then you can either go with a highly saturated red at 100%, or a dim amount of saturation at 50% for example. You can control your brightness independently as well. A 100% for full on brightness, 0% is always going to get you black, and then other percentages are going to get you brightness levels in between. A few other options that are available to you, I'll go ahead and take this color back over here to say green. You have the option of moving colors independently by clicking on this chain icon in order to unlink the colors, in which case you'll see these dotted lines here that connect the colors to the center of the wheel. And now you can drag each one of the colors independently as you see fit.

Now in the name of complete coverage I'll show you other options as well. You can click on the segmented color wheel icon here in order to segment the color wheel into pieces like so, and that just constrains the colors that you can actually select from. And then you also have the option of displaying color bars, which will show you all of the colors in your group so far as bars. And the primary reason you might want to do that is to randomly change the order of the colors inside of a group like so; or you can randomly change the saturation and brightness of the colors, if you prefer.

So a couple of unique options that are available to you at that point. I am going to switch back to displaying the smooth color wheel, and I want to once again move all my colors as one. So I'll click on that chain icon in order to link the colors and then I'll go ahead and drag them around like so. I might increase the brightness of the colors a little bit as well. Finally, you have the option of removing colors or adding colors using these tools right here. So if I click on the Remove Color tool and then click on a color, I'll get rid of it. If I click on the Add Color tool and I click at a location, I'll go ahead and add a color there.

And I want that color to be darker so I'll switch to the Brightness icon, go ahead and darken things up, and then switch back to the Saturation icon. And one more thing. You can right-click on one of these colors and make it the base color by selecting Set as Base Color. And notice that moved all of the colors around and the reason it did so is because that guy is now the base color, but otherwise the relative configuration of the harmony remains the same. So I might go ahead and drag this guy back out and increase its brightness as well.

And you also have the option of right-clicking inside one of these colors and choosing Select Shade, which will bring up this color field here. The hue remains locked down inside of this field. However, you can drag back and forth in order to change the saturation of the color, or you can drag up or down in order to change its brightness. I am going to make this color very saturated and pretty dark as well. And when you're finished click off the field to dismiss it. At this point you can now save your new collection of colors as a color group in one of two ways. You can either update Bird of Paradise--notice it's appearing in italics to show you that you've made changes since you last saved it.

So if you wanted to update that existing group, all you do is click on that little hard drive icon. Or if you want to make a new group, then go ahead and enter a new name up here at the top of the screen, and then click on the little folder icon in order to save out that new group. And Bird of Paradise will no longer appear italic because after all, it's no longer linked to this set of colors. Assuming you're done, go ahead and click OK in order to create that new color group, and then you can switch back over to the Swatches panel and click on that new group; in my case it's called Bird of Randomness.

And you can switch back to the Color panel and go ahead and set the base color back to blue and see what you end up coming up with, and then go ahead and assign those colors as you see fit. And that's how you modify an entire collection of colors visually, directly inside the Lab Color wheel inside the Edit Color dialog box.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

118 video lessons · 14950 viewers

Deke McClelland

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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