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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
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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