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How To Re-color Vector Artwork In Adobe Illustrator


Hello and welcome to another design cuts, video tutorial and today we’re looking at recoloring artwork in Illustrator. We’ve always thought I want to show you The package of elements that I’m using. In this particular video. It’s the woodland floral stick at such pack, and it’s from Denise, and and we’re going to use some of the artwork from this package now. I’ve got a piece of the artwork. One of the files from the package Open here in Illustrator. All I did was to select this wreath and then copy it to a new document just so that we could focus on the piece of artwork that we’re going to recolor to recolor your artwork. You’ll first select over the piece of artwork and then click the recolor artwork icon here on the control bar. You can also get to the same panel by choosing edit and then edit Colors Recolor artwork. The panel has this flyout area on the Right-hand side. So you can click the disclosure triangle to see more of it. If it’s hidden the colors here are the colors that are inside the image if you’re curious. As to where a color appears in the image, click this magnifying glass icon here and the image sort of disappears. Now, whenever you click on a color bar, you can see where that particular color is in use in the image. When you’re done, you can click the magnifying glass again to go back to viewing the image as it is. Any one of these colors can be recolored by simply double-clicking on the color box here now. I’m going to choose a color here. That’s only in one place in the image, this one. I’ll double click on it and I’m going to choose a lighter, brighter version of the color. So when I click, OK, you’re going to see these areas of the image change color and they’ve been lightened so that this color in the original image is now being re mapped to this color here now. I preselected a couple of Pantone colors That are in my swatches here. I’m going to double click on this color. And instead of picking another color, I’m going to my color swatches and going down here to select a similar but slightly different color. I’ll click OK. And now the areas that were colored. This in the original image are now a fixed Pantone color. I have another one here, so I’m going to double Click on those color swatches, Go and find the Swatch to use and just click. OK, and now the flowers are slightly brighter color. The sort of mustard color here has been remapped to the slightly brighter. Pantone color. It’s also possible to use the Edit panel here, so I’m going to click on edit and I’m just going to hover here and link my harmony colors. What I can do now is to move this slider around the color wheel. And when I do, the spatial relationship between these colors on the color wheel is going to stay constant, but all the colors are going to move in a circle, so the entire image is going to change when I let go the mouse, so you can get really interesting. Color effects by just simply dragging one of the colors around the color wheel. Here, you can also drag it in and out to darken or lighten it if you unlink these harmony colors and every one of these colors travels by itself, so I’m going to take that blue color that we changed a little earlier and I’m going to make it sort of orange, and these leaves now are orange and you could take any one of these colors and just put it in a different place on the color wheel. You’ll break the original relationship between the colors that you can recolor everything to suit your own needs this way as well. Let’s go back to the assign dialog, because there’s something else you can do here. You can randomly change the color order, and so what this is going to do is take the colors from our color selector here, and it’s going to randomly remap the colors in the image. Now this is a bit hit or miss, because you sort of can’t go backwards, and if you see something that you like, you really have to make a decision there, but that’s something that you do like, but it is another way of approaching the recolor option and there’s this tool here, which randomly changes the saturation and bro. Magnus, so again, you can take colors and increase or decrease their saturation and brightness to get again different effects now. If you absolutely make a mess of your image at this stage, just click cancel because what’s going to happen is you’re just going back to the original image, but if you want to keep the colors that you had created in the recolor dialog, then you’ll lose the original image colors, which is why. I suggest this workflow either copy and paste something out of the original file so that you still have the original file available or before you go and do your recolor artwork. Make sure to save your file that way. If you come out of the recolor artwork dialog having made a permanent change to your image and decide you don’t like it. Then you still have the original on disk, so let’s go and make some really quick changes to this image. I’m going to do it through the edit dialog, and I’m just going to rotate these colors around to get a totally different look. I’ll click OK and you can see that. The artwork is now taken on the looks that it had in the red color dialog. If you’re looking for inspiration in recoloring artwork in Illustrator, I strongly recommend playing around with the recolor dialog. It’s a lot of fun and also gives you the opportunity to have a different look at a piece of artwork and see they’ve. Perhaps it might look better in a different set of colors. I hope that you enjoyed learning these Illustrator techniques. Let us know what you think in the comments below and give us a thumbs up if you like. 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