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4.1 Global Swatches

Let’s now take a look at global swatches and the benefits they offer.

4.1 Global Swatches

[MUSIC] So the next one is swatches or global swatches, to be more specific. Now a swatch is a color, it's just another name for a color within Illustrator. And you have a Swatches panel, over here on the right. And by default, it loads in all of these different swatches, and we can double click one. And at the moment, we're working in RGB, you can change that to CMYK or other values here, grayscale, depending on what you're looking for. And you can tick the Preview box, and adjust the color, and it will adjust in real time. Lots and lots of colors to choose from, or you can pick something from the color picker, or enter that six digit hex value here, if you know it, and then click OK. So with this as the current color in your toolbar, just click that New Swatch icon. And you can see that it adds it to the end, so you've got your new swatch. So we can go through and just double click, change lots of values, and we've created a color palate. By the way, if you do double click any shapes by mistake, you can see up here that you've kind of gone a layer into that shape. Especially if you've got more complex shapes, you can go deeper and deeper. If you do that and you end up in this mode which is called isolation mode, it's intended for working on specific shapes in a bit more detail. You can just go back here or click the arrow to exit isolation mode altogether. So that sometimes happens, so if you double click, don't worry, you can escape from isolation mode. It's not as terrible as it sounds. Okay, so we've made an averagely terrible color palette, no, let's add a yellow, we'll add a yellow, yellowy orange, there we go, fantastic. So we've got a color palette there. Now, if I'm working on illustration or a logo or just something incredibly complex, which I'm going to try and very, very quickly mock up now. So, imagine these are lots of different ideas, and I've decided that I want to use a certain color within my design. Or I've created an incredibly complicated illustration, and it's all been done with this color palette. And I think, I really need to change the color. I don't want to go through and select every line manually, I want to do it in the most time efficient way possible. Well, what I should have done before doing all of this is created a global swatch. Because if I want to change the yellowy orange color here, I've got to go through and manually change it on every single one. Which is incredibly time-consuming, boring, and ultimately, there's a better way of doing it. So, for me personally, when I'm creating a swatch, I always create them as global swatches. I can never really think of a good reason not to, just because it gives me that extra bit of flexibility, further down the line. So just select your swatch, double click, and just tick this Global box, that's it, that's all you've gotta do. And you'll see this little white tag, kind of appears in the corner there, so we just make each of these three swatches global swatches. We can drag these around as well, we can reorder them. And you get a few more options up here related to swatches if you need them. And of course, you can delete swatches just by selecting them and hitting the delete swatch. That's the trash can symbol on the bottom right, and it removes that swatch. But these are all global swatches. So again, let's go crazy and create lots of shapes. We can use the eyedropper tool to sample that same color, and of course it will use that same swatch. So I'm just gonna create some crazy shape madness as quickly as I can, to try and illustrate this. We've got something a little bit Mickey Mouse going on over here, I don't know what that is. Okay, so imagine this is a fantastic illustration. [LAUGH] What I want to do is I want to change the purple, without having to go through and manually change each shape. Well, because this is a global swatch, it affects the document. And I can just double click that global swatch, select Preview. And as I adjust this, it affects every instance of that color in real time. So imagine this is a complex illustration, or an app design, or a logo design, with lots of different parts, lots of detail. You can go in and you can just change it in an instant. And then I can change the yellow, make it more orange. And then I can double click the red, tick Preview and I can make this green. And that takes seconds, whereas doing it the manual way is a lot more time-consuming.

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