Illustrator tutorial: Introducing the Recolor Artwork command | lynda.com

Illustrator tutorial: Introducing the Recolor Artwork command | lynda.com


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In this movie I’ll introduce you to the Recolor Artwork dialog box, which really is
one of [00:00:05.61]
the best features in all of Illustrator. [00:00:07.97]
So as you can see, I’ve got a total of eight versions of my T-shirt, however I’ve
only [00:00:12.92]
assigned two color schemes so far–dark blue at the top and light blue at the bottom. [00:00:17.32]
In the end I want every single one of these T-shirts to be colored differently. [00:00:21.58]
And I am going to do so using Recolor Artwork. [00:00:25.23]
So let’s start things off with this second column of T-shirts. [00:00:28.51]
I’ll partially marquee them using the Black Arrow tool, and that goes ahead and selects [00:00:32.50]
all the paths in the T-shirts because they’re assembled into a couple of groups. [00:00:37.41]
Then I’ll zoom in by pressing Ctrl+Plus and I’ll go ahead and scroll things over a little [00:00:41.76]
bit to the left as well. Might as well press Shift
+Tab in order to bring back my right side panels. [00:00:46.34]
Now there is two ways to get to Recolor Artwork. [00:00:48.97]
The easiest way is to go up to this Recolor Artwork icon and click on it. [00:00:53.60]
However, if for any reason you can’t find that icon, then you can also access the feature [00:00:58.33]
as a command by going to the Edit menu, choosing Edit Colors, and then choosing Recolor
Artwork. [00:01:04.04]
Either way, that will bring up this whopping big Recolor Artwork dialog box. [00:01:08.97]
Now I don’t have a lot of room to work with here on screen, so I am going to hide my Color [00:01:13.20]
Groups over here on the right-hand side by clicking on this left pointing arrow head, [00:01:17.53]
and that will go ahead and collapse the dialog box as you see, and then I can move
it over. [00:01:23.37]
Notice a couple of things here. [00:01:24.62]
First of all the Recolor Art checkbox is on by
default, so you can see your changes as you make them. [00:01:30.74]
And Illustrator goes ahead and automatically hides the selection edges so that they don’t [00:01:35.45]
get in your way of seeing what’s going on. [00:01:37.59]
But bear in mind, at least where my screen is concerned, that it’s these two left hand [00:01:42.09]
T-shirts that are currently selected. [00:01:44.34]
Now notice that we have a total of seven colors in the selected shirts, and I can see
that [00:01:48.87]
by the words Current Colors, or in parentheses, (7). And you can
go ahead and manually reassign colors, if you [00:01:55.14]
like, inside of this panel, and we’ll come back to it in a future movie. [00:01:59.59]
But the easier way to work the first is to switch over to the Edit panel, which you get [00:02:04.99]
to by clicking on the word Edit, and then you’ll
see your colors inside the familiar lab wheel. [00:02:10.75]
If you don’t see the lab wheel go ahead and click on this first icon over here on
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left-hand side, Display smooth color wheel. [00:02:17.15]
Now notice by default all of the colors are independent of each other, as indicated
by [00:02:21.84]
these dotted lines. [00:02:23.29]
If you want to link all the colors together then you need to click on the little chain [00:02:26.56]
icon and the lines turn solid. [00:02:28.73]
And now I can go ahead and drag these colors to a new location, like so, and Illustrator [00:02:34.87]
goes ahead and automatically recolors my artwork. [00:02:37.74]
Now, just so I can better see what I am doing I am going to switch from the CMYK sliders [00:02:42.46]
to HSB–that is Hue, Saturation, Brightness– and also drag these guys a little bit farther [00:02:49.79]
over here. You can make
any modifications you like. [00:02:53.23]
Now let’s say I’m noticing that these creases inside the orange shirt at the bottom
are [00:02:59.73]
a little bit light and they lack saturation as well. [00:03:02.90]
But for the life of me I don’t know which one
of these circles corresponds to those folds. [00:03:08.60]
If you want to find out exactly which color is which, then you have to switch back to
be [00:03:12.27]
Assign panel and grab this tool right here that allows you to click on colors to find [00:03:17.65]
them inside of the artwork. [00:03:19.49]
That will go ahead and dim the selected artwork and then you need to click on one of the original [00:03:23.77]
blues in order to find it. [00:03:25.77]
So this bottom blue is that dark text; this next blue up is the folds inside the top shirt; [00:03:31.29]
and the next one up is the background of the top shirt; and then we have got the light
letters; [00:03:36.26]
and then finally this second to top one of here, those are the folds in the T-shirt,
which [00:03:41.94]
corresponds to this shade of brown. [00:03:44.46]
What I’ll do now is I’ll go ahead and switch back to the Edit panel and I’ll see that color [00:03:50.63]
is selected right there, so its circle will have a heavier outline than the other ones. [00:03:54.66]
Now I want to edit that color independently of the others, so I’ll click
on the chain [00:03:58.44]
icon once again to unlink the colors from each other. [00:04:02.23]
And I’ll go ahead and switch to this Brightness option below the color wheel, and then I’ll [00:04:06.59]
drag this guy down a little bit in order to darken up those colors as you can see right [00:04:11.41]
there. I’ll also make them little more orange
by dragging this color in a clockwise direction. [00:04:16.87]
And then finally I want to make it more saturated so I’ll switch back to the saturation
icon [00:04:21.13]
right there and I’ll drag this guy farther out in
order to add a little bit of saturation, as you can see. [00:04:28.38]
So now that I have a better fit, I’ll go ahead and re-link the colors and make any
of the [00:04:33.13]
further modifications I want to; for example, I might infuse the shirts with a little more [00:04:36.86]
yellow as you see here. [00:04:38.88]
When you’re done all you need to do is click on the OK button and Illustrator goes ahead [00:04:42.91]
and recolors that artwork. [00:04:44.44]
And now I’ll click off the T- shirts in order to deselect them. [00:04:47.81]
And that, friends, is the quickest way to automatically recolor selected artwork by
working inside [00:04:53.24]
the familiar lab color wheel here inside Illustrator. [00:04:55.93]

Dereck Turner

6 thoughts on “Illustrator tutorial: Introducing the Recolor Artwork command | lynda.com

  1. warsha hadki says:

    Best of the recolor artwork ever? thank you very much

  2. Keely Snyder says:

    When I select my image and hit recolor artwork, it is only allowing me to change one of the three layers, the text… ??

  3. rockmonst3r says:

    Is this being narrated by Louis CK?

  4. bryan able says:

    mine isn't allowing me to recolor

  5. Austin Dovel says:

    is it impossible to recolor an image trace or all one object with 15 colors? I drew it on paper and want to change the green to white
    Ive searched for hours not one answer.

  6. liban shine says:

    OMG thank you sir๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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