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4.1 Swatch Groups

In this lesson we will be learning about how to make Swatch Groups and how to organize them in our document.

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


4.1 Swatch Groups

Hi, my name is Simona, and welcome to Tuts+. You are watching the course Mastering Color in Adobe Illustrator CC, and this is lesson Swatch Groups. In this lesson, we're gonna be learning about how to make swatch groups and how to organize them in our document. So let's get started. Let's open up Adobe Illustrator CC and a source file called 4.1 in your source file folder. Here in this file we have a popcorn cart, an ice cream cart and hot air balloons. I took the liberty and colored them and created squares, where I applied the colors just like a color palette. When you work with color and coloring artwork, it is really a good practice to create your own color palettes. And I usually make so-called color legends and then start coloring my artwork with the eye dropper. I created the color palette for the popcorn cart here. Then next to it is the ice cream cart. And over there are the hot air balloon colors. Now let's have a look at the Swatches panel. I already added the colors that we see into the Swatches panel and all of them are global colors. As you remember from earlier lessons, the cool thing about global colors is when we change the color values, all of our associated shapes get updated on the fly. Now how did I add those colors to the Swatches panel, you might ask. You might think you have to do it one by one, but let me show you how I added them. First, what we have to do is, is to delete all the swatches in our Swatches panel. So I will select them all and then go to the Delete Swatch icon here. Then I select all the squares with the colors from my art board, just like this. And then I go to the fly out menu in the Swatches panel. And choose Add Selected Colors. See how all colors are added as global swatch colors? No need to click them one by one and check the global color tick box. Now we have all those colors in the Swatch Panel, but unfortunately they are not grouped at all. One way to group color swatches is to select one, then press Ctrl, or Cmd on the Mac, and select the other swatches you would like to add as a group. And then, you click the New Swatch Group icon. Then, we can give it a name and I will leave it Default for now and click OK. Now all of those colors have been grouped together. If we wanted to we could also rearrange them and make them look just like our own color palette here on the art board. But let me take a step back, so let me undo what I just did. Now as you can see in order to get the swatches like we see them on the art board as groups, and since I have added them to the swatches palette, I would have to select them one by one and have to do quite a lot of work to create groups out of them. But let me show you how we can easily add a color group from the color palettes I've created for us to the Swatches panel. So let's select the first color palette over here, and then we go and click the New Color Group icon. And then we'll call it popcorn 1. And check the Convert Process to Global, and then, we click OK. Now, we have to group and globe the colors, and then, we can arrange the swatches to reflect the order of our color palette on the art board. I will repeat this step, and add the second palette to the Swatches panel as a group, and I will call it popcorn 2. Same thing with the ice cream here. One group for the first row of colors. And we will give it a name and then another group for the second row. And we'll give it a name as well. I will not show you the balloons since I think you know now how to add groups. So we could continue this process and add all of our palettes that we would like and that we are adding to this largest panel. And then we would be super organized. But there's one thing we have to remember. If you create a color group from a color palette you have set up. And then you go and start coloring your artwork. You will be able to take advantage of the global colors. Since you added that relationship of the global colors to your shapes. But in our case here, if we were to change the values of one of these swatches, for example in our color group, popcorn 1, we will see the update being applied to the square in our color palette here but not in the popcorn cart down there. Now, why? This is because we only turn the colors when we selected the squares here in the global colors and not the colors in the popcorn cart. Those colors are exactly the same with the exact same values, but they are still process colors. This is why being organized right from the start before you color your artwork can be really, really helpful. Once we have a good setup we can apply and change colors that much easier. Now before we scream and pull out our hairs and get frustrated, let's step back and see how we can easily turn our popcorn cart into global colors. All we have to do is select the cart and all its shapes. Then create a new color group and make sure the global color convert is checked and then click OK. Now when we change the values in the colors, the colors get updated in the cart, as well. You might have noticed that the color in the group from the squares we created up here doesn't get updated. When you create a color group, Adobe Illustrator will set it as a new color group altogether with no relationship to the previous color group, even though the colors are exactly the same. So be careful when creating color groups to stay organized. Nothing is more frustrating than to have swatches all over the place, and some are global colors and some are process colors. And some are duplicate group colors from other colors on the art board. We all know time is valuable, and when we are organized, we can save lots of time. But don't worry. Just in case we have swatches that we need to replace emerge, there is a way, of course, to do that too. But more about that in our next lesson. So all in all, swatch groups are great for getting organized. You can turn swatches into global colors easily, name our groups and reorder even swatches within a group, and remove swatches. But let's head over to the next lesson and learn how to replace and merge swatches

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