Illustrator CS5 Digital Classroom

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Digital Classroom

The color has been added to the Swatches panel, and has a white triangle in the lower-right of the swatch indicating that this color has been defined as Global. Taking advantage of global colors allows you to apply a color to multiple fills and strokes, and make updates to the colors dynamically. This is extremely useful when you want to tweek your color, or perhaps replace it with an entirely different set of color values. In this part of the lesson, you will apply the new Hippie orange to several shapes in the bus, and then update them. No specific shapes are necessary.

All the instances of Hippie Orange have been changed. Editing colors when they have been defined as global is fairly simple, but what if you already used a non-global swatch in multiple instances in your illustration? For these situations you can take advantage of selecting the Same fill, stroke or both.

Any additional objects using that same fill are selected. To make editing colors easier in the future, you should save this color and convert it to global. The New Swatch dialog box appears. When you create swatches in an Illustrator document, those swatches are available only in that document. However, users commonly repurpose swatches in other Illustrator documents.

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But, keep in mind the power and ease of use the Appearance panel provides. The DVD comes with video lessons and files on it. Using the tracing presets. Panel groups and the dock. The colors are collected in a group at the bottom of the Swatches panel, making it easy to locate them. The problem I find with computer tutorials is that, inevitably, the point comes where the operations described in the text diverge from what I see on the screen.

Instead of recreating frequently used swatches in every document, you can choose Save Swatch Library as AI from the Swatches panel menu. This creates a new file containing the swatches in your current document. Now all those swatches are available to apply to objects in your new document.

These swatch libraries can be opened within Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, making it very easy to share colors between multiple applications. Unfortunately, any swatch patterns that have been added to the swatch library will not be accessible inside programs other than Illustrator. As you experiment with colors and make adjustments, the number of swatches can increase to a point that makes it difficult to find a particular color. Fortunately, Illustrator simplifies the process of locating specific swatches by allowing you to create color groups to organize swatches into logical categories.

The New Color Group dialog box appears. Choose the Selected Swatches radio button, then press OK. The colors are collected in a group at the bottom of the Swatches panel, making it easy to locate them. Press OK, the color group is added to your Swatches panel. Another method for creating or editing colors is the Color panel. The Color panel displays color sliders depending upon the color model you choose to work in.

This is another benefit of using a global color. By defining this color as global, you now have the ability to use it multiple times at various shades. Notice that multiple sliders now move simultaneously. In the next example, you will open a completed color logo and convert it to be used as a logo on a business card. When creating artwork that will be printed in multiple locations on various media, it is important to use spot colors. When designing a product that will be reproduced on a printing press, some decisions need to be made regarding what colors will be used in the document.

So far in this lesson, you have created all your swatches based on the CMYK color space. Using these four inks, printed in succession, it is possible to create a wide range of colors on a printed piece. Photographs, for example, are printed using process colors. However, process colors do have limitations.

To more accurately achieve a specific color on a printed piece, spot colors come in handy. Spot colors are colored inks that are specifically mixed to produce a desired color. The most common spot colors in the printing industry are made by a company called Pantone, Inc. Pantone and spot color are used almost synonymously in the printing industry, as Pantone colors are the primary inks used to specify spot colors for a printing job. Choose Adobe Illustrator from the Save as type drop-down menu and choose Save.

Press OK when the Illustrator Options dialog box appears. By pressing D, you change all selected objects to the default stroke and fill of black and white. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another. Adobe Illustrator groups Pantone colors into a color library called Color Books. Pantone colors are numbered, making it easy to identify a frequently used color, whether for corporate identity or for ease of use, when searching for a specific color.

In this lesson you add several Pantone colors to the document. The Pantone Solid Coated panel appears. A text field appears that you can input a Pantone number into. Next, you will identify color values and their associated numbers easier by changing the view of the Pantone Solid Coated panel. The Pantone colors are now listed with descriptive text.

The shape is filled with the Pantone color, and the Pantone swatch is automatically added to the Swatches panel. Note that the Pantone swatch has been added, and it not only has the white triangle identifying it as a global color, but also has a dot, indicating that this color is a spot color. It is made up of one ink color, not a combination of multiple inks. By double-clicking you can set up your entire color palette before you start to work.

Select the Pantone color from the swatch panel that appears. Using the tint slider, apply various shades of the Pantone color throughout your Illustration. Repeat this procedure with the Pantone color. The Appearance panel is a highly underused feature of Adobe Illustrator; practice on your own by exploring the capabilities harnessed it.

Start by drawing a line with the Line Segment tool then expanding the weight of the stroke. Explore Live Paint and Live Color in more detail. Furthermore, you can experiment with Color Groups and the Recolor Artwork dialog box to change how your artwork is colorized in Illustrator.

This saves all your swatches as a separate Swatch Library file. Use a global color if you want color updates to be less time consuming. Adobe Illustrator CS5 Digital Classroom is like having a personal instructor guiding you through each lesson, while you work at your own pace. This Illustrator CS5 book and DVD includes 13 self-paced lessons helping you learn essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator.

See Lesson 1 in Action! Use the accompanying video to gain a better understanding of how to use some of the features shown in this lesson. The video tutorial for this lesson can be found on the included DVD. Easily navigate through all of the Symbol libraries by clicking on the arrow buttons at the bottom of an open Symbol Library panel.

If you want to visually resize the bus, you can position your cursor over any corner point in the bounding box. Click, then hold down the Shift key and drag inwards or outwards to scale down or up proportionally. You can add a color to an existing color group by selecting the color in the Swatches panel, then dragging it to the folder to the left of the color group. As a default the Color panel comes up displaying default color model.

This cycles you through the available color models.

Choose Solid coated for illustrations that will be printed as solid ink colors not combinations of CMYK color on coated paper. Choose Pantone Solid Uncoated for uncoated paper. Other Books from the Digital Classroom Series. Hover over a face in the Live Paint group and The result. Create a color group from colors already used. Color group is added to the Swatches panel. Spot colors can be used in many ways, but the primary reasons for using a spot color are: If color matching is critical. If a company logo is required to appear in the exact same color each time it is printed, a spot color may be used to reproduce the color consistently.

In this example, adding a spot color to an existing process color job increases the costs of the project.

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Instead of printing a product, such as a business card, using four process colors, you may choose to print the card in two spot colors or one spot color and black to reduce the cost of the printed product. To produce very rich, vibrant colors. These may be colors that process printing cannot recreate. Using shape and transform tools to create artwork. Using the transform tools. Adding a fill color. Entering a shape size in the Transform panel.

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Viewing in Outline view. Changing the color of the triangles. Using layers when building an illustration. Creating a new blank layer. Cutting and pasting objects. Cloning the bubble group. Repeating a resize transform. Moving objects from one layer to another. Basics of the Appearance panel. Creating a colorful illustration. Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group. Applying Live Paint to the group. Adding a symbol to your artwork. What is a Global Color?

Selecting the Same color. Saving a set of colors as a group. Creating a color group from selected colors. Using the Color panel. Adding Pantone Spot Colors. Working with the Drawing Tools. Working with the Pen tool.

Illustrator CS5 Digital Classroom

Drawing curved lines to straight lines. Drawing straight lines to curved lines. Placing an image as a template. Using the Line Segment and Arc tools. Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools. Using the Eraser tool. Adding and removing points. Cutting and joining paths. Working with Live Trace.

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Using the tracing presets. Expanding Live Traced artwork. Working with Live Paint. Creating a Live Paint group.

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Setting Gap Detection options. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool. Using the Live Paint Selection tool. Combining shapes using the new Shape Builder tool. Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool.

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Creating the fi sh eyes. Exploring Additional Color Options. Taking a look at the finished illustration. Adding tonal values with gradients. Customizing an existing gradient. Applying a second instance of the gradient. Using the Gradient panel. Creating and using patterns. Creating a bounding box. Editing a pattern fill.

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Finishing up the illustration. Creating a Color Group. Using the Color Guide. Working with and Formatting Text. Paragraph and character styles. Advanced techniques with text. Text on a path. Text in a shape. Organizing your Illustrations with Layers. Getting to know the Layers panel. Using layers to organize your illustrations. Using the Layers panel to make selections. Creating new layers and moving items between layers. Cleaning out the symbol library. Importing a symbol library. Using the symbolism tools. Using Eff ects and Transparency.

Working with the Appearance panel and effects. Creating and saving graphic styles. Applying and modifying graphic styles. Working with object transparency. Working with multiple opacity. Working with blending modes. Saving and importing graphic styles.