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5.2 Putting the Recolor Panel to Work

In this lesson we will explore in details how to recolor our artwork with the Recolor Artwork panel.

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


5.2 Putting the Recolor Panel to Work

Hi, my name is Simone and welcome to tuts+. You are watching the course Mastering Color in Adobe Illustrator CC and this is lesson Putting the Recolor Artwork Panel to Work. In this lesson, we will explore in details how to recolor our artwork with the recolor artwork panel. So let's get started right away. Let's open up, Adobe Illustrator CC and the source file called lesson 5.2 in your source file folder. I created four art boards with our circus scene and I neatly organized them into layers and sub-layers. Now let's start recoloring our artwork. We will start with the top left artwork here. Remember, the recoloring only gets applied to the selected art work, so it will not effect the other objects although they are all colored with global colors. So lets select the tents here and then click the recolor artwork button up there. We can tell that we are currently having four colors in our artwork that are selected. And the big bar tells us that this is the current color. And illustrator automatically remaps it to the same color over there the smaller one. This is because illustrator doesn't really know yet what color we want for our artwork. So it chooses the same color of the current selected artwork. Now we can specifically recolor this one, the current one, by simply double-clicking on the smaller one here, the new one. And the color picker pop up window, we choose a new color of our liking so let's pick a blue. Now when we click OK, we can see now that the color has been updated. We can also choose the color here in the HSB slider maybe we want the purple. Okay, let's say we want the tent now to be purple. What if we wanted the same purple for the other darker red? All we have to do is select the darker red bar and then drag it into the lighter red. See what happened? The two red colors will be remapped with the purple and when you click on the small arrow here, you can see that we scale tint selected. And that means the darker red will get a darker purple. Now when we look at the other art boards, we can see that we are just changing the selected artwork not all of the tints. Now let's click okay. Let's see how else we can recolor our artwork. Let's try all of the tents. So let's unlock the layer here and then we select the tent layer and click the recolor artwork button. Since we have more colors selected, we now see here that we have nine colors. Now let's use the color wheel, so we will click Edit and then make sure the link harmony is set. Randomly select one of the color buttons and move them around. We will see that we are dragging all of the color buttons at the same time sort of in accordance with the first one. And when we look at the art board, we can see that our tents are getting recolored. If we don't like what we see, we can always click the get colors from selected art and we can start from scratch. We can also unlink the color buttons and start dragging them separately, just like this. But what if you don't know what color button is which shape? We could be spending hours dragging the buttons around. Well, there is a way to see what colors apply to which object. So lets head over to the sound section again. But first, we reset the colors. In this section, we have tons of colors and we might not know where they are all applied to. But we have a tool that will help us find them. We have here a small icon with a loop and when we click the artwork, the artwork will be dimmed. Now, all we have to do is click on the color bar and all artwork with this color will be shown. Now, if you wanted to see more than one color, all we have to do is press the Shift key. And although we do not see it in the bars over here, the bars sort of get highlighted by darker border. And then we can select more than one color at a time. Now let's say we want to keep the colors but since they're all a little bit muted, we just want to adjust the saturation or the brightness. Now hold your horses, we can do this in a very easy and simple way too. Remember, illustrator is our friend. Now as you remember, the color mode here at the sliders is set to HSB. So to speak the hue, saturation and brightness. But if you drag only one it just applies it to one color at a time but we can make changes globally on the selected artwork. If we go to the arrow here and select global adjust. You get sliders for saturation, brightness, temperature, and luminosity. And now look what we can do when we drag the sliders. It gets applied to all of the artwork that is selected. Now isn't that cool? Now let's recolor the third artboard, this time I would like to show you a way to turn a whole artwork into a three color chart. Let's assume the artwork cannot be more than three colors. How could we convert the artwork into only three? Let me show you. So in this case, we need to select all of the artwork. Then we open the recolor artwork panel and we see right away, we have tons of colors in our artwork. To be exact, we have 29 as you can see here. Now what we can do is change the artwork into three colors but how? Have you noticed the button up there that says colors auto? Well, we can change the colors here just to be three colors for our artwork. Now, when we select three colors, the artwork is changed to have only three colors but that looks a little bit dull and washed out. Remember from the last step of our global adjustments, we can apply the same tool here. So let's switch to global adjust and change the settings for the saturation. And then maybe we go back to HSB and then change the colors of the tents. Let me show you how we can turn our circus scene from a day scene into a night scene with the recolor artwork panel. First, we change the sky and the ground. We make them both darker then we change the tints to be more saturated and darker. After that, we select the trees and make those darker and then we change the clouds. Maybe the hot air balloons and the flags, carts and balloons over here. [BLANK_AUDIO] After that, we want to change the lights and the marquee sign and the lights shall be bright. Now look at this, we have now turned our scene from a day scene to a night scene and we didn't even have to do a lot of work. There are many, many other things we can do with the recolor artwork panel. We can turn artwork into grayscale, two-color jobs. We can even apply other color groups to the artwork. Let me show you quickly. If we select one of the artboards and then recolor it, you can select any of the color group we have opened in our document. I had already a few open and if you click one of the groups over here the artwork will be recolored even if the group has less colors than the artwork. Illustrator just remaps the colors accordingly. And this is it for this lesson about recoloring our artwork. There's no limit to this, you can recolor, and recolor, and recolor. You can even recolor your patterns or gradients. Just try it out, you will see how much fun it is. But let's move on to the next lesson and learn how to change process colors into spot colors via the recoloring artwork panel

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