Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding Pantone spot colors to your artwork, part of Creating and Adapting a Logo.
- In this movie, I'll show you how to introduce Pantone spot colors into your artwork. Now, the first thing we wanna do is protect the black and white version of the graphic by duplicating it. So I'm gonna go ahead and select the fused art layer, and then I'll bring up the Layers panel flyout menu and I'll choose Duplicate fused art. Then I'll turn off the original, just to protect it, and I'll double-click on an empty portion of the new layer to bring up the Layer Options dialogue box. I'll go ahead and call this layer solid colors and I'll change its color to, let's say, Gold, just to distinguish it from the other layers, and then I'll click OK.
All right, now what we wanna do is simplify our swatch collection here inside the Swatches panel. You get to that panel by going to the Window menu and choosing Swatches. In my case, it's already up, of course. Now I'm gonna delete everything except White and Black. So I'll go ahead and click on RGB Red right there and I might increase the size of my panel just a little bit there. Then I'll shift click on this Jive pattern and I'll also go ahead and control click, or command click on the Mac, on each one of these color groups.
Then I'll get rid of them by pressing the alt key, or the option key on the Mac, and clicking on the little trash icon. The reason I press the alt or option key is to bypass any warning. Now that we've nicely pared down the number of swatches inside our panel, I'll go ahead and add those Pantone swatches by clicking on this little library icon right there in the lower-left corner of the Swatches panel. Then you wanna choose Color Books, and finally you wanna choose PANTONE plus Solid Color. You don't want CMYK or Color Bridge because all the colors in those libraries are process colors.
We want spots, so again, PANTONE plus Solid Coated. And then, rather than trying to find exactly the color you're looking for inside of this long list, you can just go ahead and dial in a color number up here in the search field. So I'll dial in 285, for starters, and there's three colors that match that. I'll go ahead and make 'em a little bigger by bringing up this flyout menu here and choosing Medium Thumbnail View. That way I can hover over each one of these swatches to find out what their numbers are. This first one's 5285, this last one's 3285.
What we want is just regular old 285. Now, to add it to your document, go ahead and double-click on that swatch and you'll see it appear here inside the Swatches panel. Now I'll go ahead and dial in 325, and you'll see four different swatches, 3258, 3255, 2352 and then finally, plain old 325. I'll go ahead and double-click on it to add it to my Swatches panel as well. Now you can just go ahead and close this panel. The next thing we wanna do is assign that rich blue to the planet, so I'll go ahead and click on my artwork, like so.
Notice that my Fill is active here inside the Swatches panel. Now I'll just go ahead and click on Pantone 285 to assign it to the planet. Now we need to add the Earth inside of Saturn. The first time around, I went ahead and represented the Earth as a big, massive circle. To get a sense for what that looks like, I'll go ahead and turn on my guides layer down here at the bottom of the stack, and then I'm gonna click on the guides layer to make it active, as well. I want this circle to be centered on this region right here at the bottom of the rocket, so what I'm gonna do is grab my Rectangle Tool from the Shape Tool flyout menu, and I'm gonna draw a rectangle from one corner of that exhaust trail to the other corner, like so.
That will create a filled rectangle, which, of course, is not what I want. I want it to be a guide. So I'll go up to the View menu, choose Guides and then choose Make Guides. That will turn that guy into a snapping guide. Now I'll go ahead and click on the solid colors layer once again, and then we wanna switch from the Rectangle Tool to the Ellipse Tool. I'm gonna start by dragging from the center of that rectangle, which represents the mean point that is between each one of these anchor points at the bottom of the exhaust trail.
As I drag, I'm gonna press the alt key, or the option key on the Mac, so I'm dragging outward from the center. I'll also press the shift key so that I'm constraining my ellipse to an exact circle. So I have both the shift and alt keys down here on a PC. That would be the shift and option keys on the Mac. Notice, if I were to release at this point, I would end up with a circle that has too much bend associated with it. I want a little bit of a flatter circle. So here's what I came up with. I went ahead and alt clicked or option clicked at the center of that rectangular guide to bring up the Ellipse panel.
And then, because we're already starting with a circle, I'll go ahead and turn on the chain in order to link these two values together, and I'll change the Width value or the Height value, it doesn't matter which one, to 1,000 points and click OK. Now, obviously, that's way too big. Now I'm gonna fill this circle with a pure turquoise by clicking on the Pantone 325 swatch. All right, obviously our circle is totally covering up the artwork, which isn't what I want. So what I need to do is move it backward and down at an angle that matches the angle of my artwork.
So what I'm gonna do is switch back to my black arrow tool, and I can either double-click on it at this point or just press the enter key, or the return key on the Mac, in order to bring up the Move dialogue box. Rather than messing with the Horizontal and Vertical values, which really aren't gonna do me any good, I'm gonna change my Distance value to 200 points, just for starters, because I know I want a big movement. Now I need to figure out what the Angle should be. I know, just because I remember this, that I rotated my artwork -30 degrees, but obviously, that's not the angle that I'm looking for.
Rather, I need to move this circle perpendicularly to the artwork, so I need to subtract another 90 degrees, like so. So you enter -30-90, and then you press the tab key, at which point Illustrator does the math for you and calculates an angle of -120 degrees, which happens to be exactly right. Now if I click in the Distance value and press shift up arrow, like so, you can see that the Earth is moving along the proper axis, so it's moving along that rocket.
And at a Distance of 280 points, things work out pretty well. Now I'll click OK in order to accept that change. Now, I don't want my Earth to be this massive, so I'm gonna crop it by first switching to the Outline mode. You go up to the View menu and choose Outline or you can press control y, or command y on the Mac, so that I can see my Saturn artwork in the background. I'm also gonna turn off those guides cause they're a little distracting at this point. Then I'm gonna switch back to the Rectangle Tool and I'm gonna draw a rectangle. Notice my Smart Guides are turned on.
I'm gonna draw a rectangle from about here down to somewhere, let's say, at the bottom of the letters. Notice that I'm enclosing this portion of the circle right there. Now I'll go ahead and switch back to the black arrow tool, which I can get by pressing the v key, and I'll shift click on the circle to select it, as well. So both my new rectangle and the circle are active. Now that both the rectangle and the circle are selected, I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Pathfinder command to bring up the Pathfinder panel, and then I'll go ahead and click on this third icon in, Intersect, and that'll keep the portion of the circle that overlapped the rectangle.
Now we can hide the Pathfinder panel and press control y, or command y on the Mac, to switch back to the Preview mode. Now you need to put this portion of the circle inside Saturn, so I'll go ahead and press control x, or command x on the Mac, to cut that turquoise shape to the clipboard. I'll go ahead and click on this little double arrow icon at the top of the toolbox to switch to the double column Toolbox so that I can get to the these icons down here. But first, I need to go ahead and click on the blue graphic to select it. Now I'll click on the Draw Inside icon, like so, and I'll see these dotted corners, at which point I can go up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste in Place command in order to paste the Earth inside Saturn, like so.
Then finally, I'll just go ahead and click on Draw Normal to switch back to the normal drawing mode. I'll return to the single column toolbox, as well, and I'll click off the artwork to deselect it. And that's how you assign a couple of Pantone spot colors that are gonna print as advertised, even when you have no control over the print process here inside Illustrator.
- Identifying the brand's objectives
- Sketching a design
- Drawing the artwork in Illustrator
- Selecting the perfect font for a logo
- Adding type
- Choosing and assigning spot colors
- Adding vector-based shading with gradients
- Using photographic details for a more photorealistic look
- Changing the orientation of a logo