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4.1 Recoloring the Monsters

In this lesson you’ll learn several ways of applying new colors to your characters, using the Magic Wand Tool, the Recolor Artwork function and the Graphic Styles panel.

4.1 Recoloring the Monsters

Hey all and welcome back to Cartoon Creatures Design Course with at tuts+. In this lesson we'll learn several ways of applying new colors to our characters using the magic wand tool, the recall function and graphic styles panel. Let's begin. Let's see how we can edit colors here. First of all we need to recolor the elements according to the main color of the body. Select the arms and pick the blue color from the body with the eyedropper tool. Set the type of the gradient to linear and edit the direction with the gradient tool. Recall the shadows are on the eyes and nose as well. To make the feet, the body. Move on to the legs. Continue coloring the elements. Select the purple arms and pick the green color from the body. Added the directions of the gradient, making the top of the arms darker. Now re-color the legs making the top parts darker to separate them from the body. Change the color of the highlights on the knees. Outline the belly button dark green. Recolor the area around the eye, making it the be the of our character. And finally, change the colors of the ears, and the shadows above the ears, to make the character look harmonic and completed. Now let's move to the purple monster and recolor its arms, picking the color from the body. Deal with the red tint from the gradient slider. And add in the position of the gradient so that the arms and the body fit each other. Don't forget to recall the fists as well. Move on to the legs. Picking the color from the purple parts. Use the radial gradient to make the feet dimensional. And you recolor the belly button, applying a skin tone. Finally, move on to the ears, making them purple as well. It is more convenient to select the elements of the ear in the Layers panel. As it contains a lot of additional minor parts such as the shadows and multiply mode, and the elliptical spots which should be recolored as well. You can recolor the second ear as well or just use the reflect tool to make a copy and place it in the proper position. Great, you have some new characters ready. Now let's see how we can change the colors quickly, so that we can make more variations of the creatures. Let's copy the existing characters and move them to the side. Let's select the body of our first monster together with the arms and legs and click the recover add work button in the control panel on top. Now here you can see the color window, and if you are using one of the newer versions of Adobe Illustrator, you may notice that it applies some random colors to your artwork which can be hard to edit if you have a lot of colors in your image. What we need to do is to click the eye dropper button on top in order to get colors from selected art. Now move to the Edit Active Colors window. Here you can see the color wheel. And you need to click the chain button below to link how many colors so that you can add all colors at once. Now you can move the hue, saturation and brightness sliders to get the desired colors. If you have the recolor art box checked, you will see the colors change in the real time, which is very convenient. Click okay when you are satisfied with the result. And let's change the colors of the tummy using the gradient and color panels. Recall the shadows around nose and eyes as well to make them fit the body. Make the color of the eyelids, eyebrows, and nose red. Select the horns and use the recolor auto function again and pick in the proper color. If it happens so, that you can't move the sliders for the left to right and still you don't get the desired result, then just click okay to apply the new color and then open the color artwork window again to continue editing the color. I want to make the horns fit the bat wings. Now, select the green parts of our second guy. And use the recolor function to search for new colors. This dark turquoise color looks great. Let's leave it like so. And add in the minor details like shadows and gloss making them feet in your body. And finally our last monster. We're using the Recolor Artwork tool to give a new color. Let's make him pinky orange. Edit the colors manually a bit. We can do more vivid and saturated. And now let's see how else can we change the colors. First of all go to Window, Magic Wand. Here in the options panel, set the view color tolerance value to 0%, and check any other options if needed, such as the blending mode and opacity. Now we can use the magic wand tool and click any object to select all the objects of one in the same color. The other way to select the same element is to select one of them, and then go to Select same Appearance, or same Fill Color. Or just go to the Select Similar Objects button in the Control Panel in the top. Now we can use the eye dropper tool to pick the color from selected objects. And recall the elements one by one, selecting them with the magic wand tool, and then using the eye dropper tool and the color panel. Now, to speed up the process, let's go to Window Graphic Styles to open the Graphic Styles panel. And drag the objects here to save the selected field color as a template that can be easily applied to another object. Move to another creature. Select its arms and apply the new graphic style. Continue recoloring the elements. You can add as many colors to the Graphic Styles panel as you wish. This will make the process of recoloring easier and faster. And done. Great job guys. We've made several new characters replacing the body parts, attaching new faces and using the recolor auto function, the magic wand tool, and the graphics styles panel. To make our creatures look unique and bright. In our next chapter, we'll sum up what we have learned so far, and see what else can we do using these simple techniques. See you in the next lesson.

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