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3.1 Global Colors

In this lesson we will be learning all about global color. We will explore the power of global colors and how we can use them to quickly recolor our artwork.

1 lesson, 01:43


2.Adobe Illustrator Program Overview
3 lessons, 21:49

Color Models

Color Panel

Color Harmonies

3.Shapes and Lines
2 lessons, 12:03

Global Colors

Spot Colors

4.Manipulate Shapes and Lines
3 lessons, 21:07

Swatch Groups

Replace and Merge

Custom Libraries

5.Colors and Effects
3 lessons, 18:06

Recolor With the Artwork Panel

Putting the Recolor Panel to Work

Process Color to Spot Color

1 lesson, 01:14


3.1 Global Colors

Hi, my name is Simona and welcome to Tuts+. You are watching the course Mastering Color in Adobe Illustrator CC. And this is lesson Global Colors. In this lesson we will be learning all about global color. We will explore the power of global colors and how we can use them to quickly recolor our artwork. So let's gets started. Let's open up Adobe Illustrator CC and the source file called Lesson 3.1 in your source file folder. I added mores tents to the back of our circus scene and copied the trees to the right side as well. As you remember from the previous lessons, we added color groups from the color guide via harmony rules. And we also added new swatches. We added a New Swatch icon in the Swatches panel. Now since we learned that we can apply color to objects via the Color panel, just like I'm doing now, and then we can add the swatch to the Swatches panel. Just like we did before, we click the New Swatch icon and I will call it dark beige, and then we will click OK. Now nothing new here and I can select the other objects of my tent and fill it with the new dark beige swatch color. But what if I have tons of shapes on my art work? You might remember that we can select same fill shapes via the select similar objects tool up here. But what if we want a gradient color, as well? Will the select similar object tool work on them, too? Unfortunately not. So let me demonstrate what I mean. I will create a gradient for the tree over here. So with the Gradient tool I will add in a new gradient and replace the white with the green from our color harmony group, and the black with another green from our color harmony group as well. Now when I select the green tree over here, and I know that I have applied the same green to the gradient, I would think the select similar object tool will find the fill color in the gradient as well but no such luck. And that's when global colors come to play. Global colors create a connection between the colors and the shapes the colors is applied to. Normally any color you create and you add to the Swatches panel is a non-global color by default. And so-called process color. Process color doesn't mean the same in the printing world. It just means in Illustrator that the color is comprised of primary colors either from the CMYK, RGB, or HSB color mode. But we can make a swatch that is a regular process color into a global color. All we need to do is double-click on the swatch. And in the pop-up window, we will select Global here. Now let's also check the Preview. Nothing changes in our artwork, except the color panel now collapses the CMYK values, and we see a color range of tint with the value slider from 0 to 100%. Then when we create a global color it becomes a managed color. And what that means is that all shapes colored with this particular global color are managed together in accordance with the color. Now you can also see here in the Swatches panel that this swatch icon has now a small white triangle in the bottom right corner. Whenever you see such a triangle you will automatically know that you are looking at the global color swatch. Now let's click OK. Nothing really happens yet. So, what we need to do is replace the green of the shapes with the global green. So, I will select the shape here, use the select similar object tool, and then apply the new global green. The same I have to do with the gradient in the tree over here. I will just update the darker green by clicking on the icon and then selecting from the swatches, the new dark green that we turned into a global color. Now let's watch what happens when we change the values of our global green. Let's open up the dialog box and then move the sliders around. Maybe we will try a darker green. We do not see anything yet. But watch what will happen when we press the Preview here. See? All the shapes including the gradient have been updated to the new values, and all that with just one click. Now I'd like to show you a small tip for creating global colors on the fly with all colors used in your artwork. First, let my fix my tents here. Now let's select all the artwork and then we click the New Color Group icon in the Swatches panel. Then, in the pop-up, you will give it a name. I will call mine circus. And then, here, we will click the Convert Process to Global and then, press OK. And now, we have a group of all colors used in our artwork that are now all global colors. We didn't have to update the shapes at all, and when we now change one of the global colors, for example, the red of the tents, and I change the values in my display window here, it will all be applied to the shape that have the red global color applied. This is really a fast and easy way to change colors of our art work on the fly, without spending much time on selecting, and searching, and updating. Isn't this just awesome? And without much work, you get to re-color your artwork via global colors. Imagine a client loves your artwork, but wants to change a few colors. And your archive is full of shapes and objects. Well, with the global color groups, you can shine and just do the changes on the fly. And now we are at the end of this lesson about global colors, and how to make them, and how to turn all of our colors in our artwork into global colors in one single big swoosh. So let's move on to the next lesson, learn about spot colors and why we need them and how we can apply them.

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