Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Working inside the Edit Color dialog box

From: Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Working inside the Edit Color dialog box

In this exercise, I'm going to walk you through the various options available to you inside the Edit Colors dialog box, which allow you to edit your colors with a high degree of control either independently or in mass, so all of your colors at once and then save those colors out as a color group that you can later apply either independently to the objects in your illustration or you can apply them as a Harmony Rule as well. So I'm still working inside the Alternate color schemes.ai file. I have brought up the Edit Colors dialog box by clicking on the little rainbow icon at the bottom of the Swatches or Color Guide panel.

Working inside the Edit Color dialog box

In this exercise, I'm going to walk you through the various options available to you inside the Edit Colors dialog box, which allow you to edit your colors with a high degree of control either independently or in mass, so all of your colors at once and then save those colors out as a color group that you can later apply either independently to the objects in your illustration or you can apply them as a Harmony Rule as well. So I'm still working inside the Alternate color schemes.ai file. I have brought up the Edit Colors dialog box by clicking on the little rainbow icon at the bottom of the Swatches or Color Guide panel.

And I am looking at the Pentagram Harmony Rule right now, which includes a head that is the base color at the top here and if I drag that base color around, you'll see that all the colors move along with and that's because my chain icon is turned on as by default. I can also drag that color toward the center in order to reduce the saturation of all of my colors at once or I can increase the saturation of all colors by dragging it out and then finally, I can change the brightness of all the colors at once by dragging this slider triangle right here to make the colors darker or to make them brighter.

Now then you can also change colors a little bit independently of each other if they are sheep colors i.e. if they're the follower colors not the base color itself. So the base color is in charge of everybody here, whereas the Sheep colors have their own sort of rules going on. I can change the hues of just those colors together, either bring them closer together, at least the pair is closer together on the sides here or farther apart. If I change the saturation of one of these colors then I'm going to change it independently of the other ones.

You can also make individual edits to the selected color, just one selected color at a time by modifying these numerical values down here. So if I want to change this color to something like Cyan, let's say, I could enter a Hue value of a 180 degrees which is going to switch things around for me and I could modify the Saturation value. I could take it down to, let's say 75% and then I could adjust the Brightness of just that one color which is otherwise impossible to do, by changing the B value and I'll take it down to 50%, let's say.

So notice, this guy is darker than all of the other colors now. Another thing you can do is you can change which color is the base color. So I could decide that red over here in the right hand side ought to be the base, by right-clicking on it and choosing Set as Base Color and now notice that that reconfigures my colors because I am still working from the Pentagram Rule and now I could drag this to a different location in order to change it as well. Another way to change a color is to right-click on it. So I'll go ahead and right-click on this violet color here and choose Select Shade and that's going to bring up this Fountain Square right here.

That's not going to change the hue, notice the hue was locked down But I can change the Saturation of this color by dragging this little circle either to the left to reduce the Saturation or to the right to increase the Saturation or I could change the Brightness by dragging up for brighter and down for darker. So yet another way to work if you care to. We also have these controls that change the appearance of the hue wheel. So I could display a segmented Color Wheel, thing is it's not web safe colors, so important to bare in mind, it's just even increments inside of the color wheel and that just goes ahead and basically, limits the colors that you can choose from.

And then we have this crazy option right here which displays color bars and the most useful thing about this option is you can now just randomly play around with the colors and move them with respect to each other. I can do that by just clicking on this randomly change color order icon right there, until I get something totally different. Then I could switch back to my Smooth Color Wheel and modify the results. If you're sick of these colors being locked into this sort of pentagram model right here, you can unlink the colors from each other by clicking on the chain icon and then you can drag each one of these colors anywhere that you want it to be and you'll create a completely Custom Harmony Rule at this point like so and then you can link a backup to each other and now you'll keep that weird Harmony Rule that you've created on-the-fly.

I'll go ahead and brighten these guys up a little bit as well. You can subtract the color if you want to, by grabbing this little tool here and clicking on that color in order to get rid of it. If you want to add a color, you got a way to do that too. I'll go ahead and add a couple of colors actually using that tool here. Then finally, once you've done all that, you can go ahead and name your new color group like so, so I am going to call mine Sixtuplet let's say and then in order to go ahead and save off that new set, you would click on this new color group icon right there and you will create a new set called Sixtuplet.

Now if you decide to make some changes to these colors for example, I'll just drag them around the wheel a little bit and now you want to update Sixtuplet, notice the name appears in italics to show you that you've made some changes since you last created the group, then you can update that group by clicking on little floppy disk icon, which of course is the universal symbol for saving, since we are constantly using floppy disks these days. Anyway, click on the floppy and you update the set, if you want to create one set from another set, for example, I'll click a Vibrant floral, make sure that they're all locked down, drag this to a different location, brighten up the colors a little bit, unlink them, go ahead and drag some of the colors run independently like so, link them back up, maybe move them just a little more and then I don't want to update Vibrant floral, I want to save this out as a new set.

Then I would go ahead and assign a name to this set, such as, let's call it Vibrant alternative. And then I'll click on the new color group icon in order to save out that new set right there and now I've done my work. Now I can go ahead and click on the OK button in order to save out everything I have done. Now strangely, when you click OK, Illustrator asks you, hey! Do you want to save the changes to the Swatch group, Vibrant alternative before closing, which implies that's the only thing I did, I also created Sixtuplet, so I don't know why it's only asking me about that one, but here's the deal.

Why you would want to waste your time and click No, I have no idea. I think this is a very dangerous warning right here. You can click Cancel and that's fine and then you continue to work inside the Edit Colors dialog box, otherwise click Yes because there's no downside to modifying the colors. Anyway I am going to click Yes in order to save out my new color groups and that my friends is how you work inside the Edit Colors dialog box, here inside Illustrator.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

153 video lessons · 28589 viewers

Deke McClelland
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
      39s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
      44s
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.