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Adobe Illustrator For Pattern Design and More: Design a Color Palette!

Danielle Broder, Designer

Adobe Illustrator For Pattern Design and More: Design a Color Palette!

Danielle Broder, Designer

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9 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Part 1 - Color Basics

    • 3. Part 2 - Pinterest Palettes

    • 4. Part 3 - Color Guide and Swatch Libraries

    • 5. Part 4 - Live Paint Bucket

    • 6. Part 5 - Recolor Tool Prep

    • 7. Part 6 - Recolor Tool

    • 8. Part 7 - Resources

    • 9. Student Projects

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About This Class


Do you ever wonder why some people are so good at putting colors together, whether it be in fashion, home design, artwork, or life in general?  For some people it comes naturally, but chances are, others probably know some basic color theory. This is the second class in a series where you will create a full color repeat pattern starting just from a hand sketch.  I cover a lot of fundamentals in the first class so if you have zero Illustrator experience, great!...but maybe start with the first class :)

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Learning the basics of color theory is super important for anyone remotely interested in creating artwork for a living, or to anyone who gets dressed every morning!  For people who don't have that instinctual art gene, this is a great base on which to test your color ideas.  

In this class I’m going to break down all things color.  You’re never going to have to  question yourself when it comes to color again, because you’ll have the guidelines you need to help you put great combinations together. You'll learn the basics of color theory and easy ways to check to see if your palette works.  Once you have the basics, you'll also learn various ways of creating a palette in Illustrator, and some helpful tools available to you within the program.

Color nerds, unite!

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Danielle Broder



Hey! I'm Danielle, and I’m the one woman show behind everything here at The Recoverie.

I’m here to inspire, motivate, and give you a general swift kick in the ass when it comes to pursuing your crafty dreams.

A native California girl, I was brought up creating.

Whether it was beading my own jewelry, building stick forts on the beach in Malibu, or learning how to crochet on a road trip to Santa Cruz, I was lucky to have people around me who always encouraged me to keep making stuff as a kid.

By a swift chance of fate, I ended up earning a double bachelors in illustration and interior design, which led me to my booming interior design career....


Mostly that just taught me that I didn't want to work for someone else &... See full profile

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1. Trailer: Hey, party people on Daniel, illustrator and textile designer, and today we're going to talk about color. Color is such an important part of the design process. It can really make or break the end result of your illustrations. Think about how important color is in all the other areas of our lives, from the homes that we live in to the clothes that we wear. Color is a huge influence, whether you like it or not, the colors that you choose matter. Having the ability to design great color palettes is a skill that comes easily for some of us. We know instinctively what colors work well together, and in the end you just somehow know that it's working. Well, this is not the case for everyone, but hey, all you color clueless people, You're not alone. Guess what? There's something you can do about it if you're just stumbling randomly into this class. This is the second video in a series that will take you from Illustrator Zero to designing a custom full color pattern design theme. First video covered many of the tools and fundamentals of the program, so if your brand new D illustrator you may want to start with the hand sketches class in my profile, first for the rest of you who are ready for the next step in this video, we're going to cover the very basics of color, create a custom palette and then apply that pallet to our vector designs from the last class. So let's dive in. Pull up your design from the last class for reference and inspiration as we work, and let's start designing your color palette. 2. Part 1 - Color Basics: I'm going to start out by pulling up your average run of the mill color Will. You've probably seen this at some point in your life, and you may or may not know a little or very much about it, but all of the color combinations were going to select from it today are going to come from this wheel. If we split the wheel in half, we will see the separation of the warm and cool colors. Warm colors are colors like reds, oranges, yellows, even golden brown. Cool colors are colors like greens, blues and purples. This is just a general guideline. Warm colors convey a feeling of energy and happiness. While cool colors tend to exhibit calmness and peace, there are a few different methods to dividing up the color wheel. The first is to divide it into primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Primary colors are considered to be red, yellow and blue and sometimes green, depending who you're talking to. They're called the primary colors because they're the base colors of the wheel. There are no two colors you can mix to make a red, a yellow or a blue color, and in order to get the rest of the rainbow. You have to makes thes three together. The next layer of colors are called the secondary colors. If you makes each primary color with another primary color, you're gonna end up with a green, orange and purple. These are your secondary colors, moving on to the third and final layer. We have our tertiary colors. These colors are what you get when you mix each primary color with a secondary color, for instance, or red with a purple, you'll end up with six new colors that are red, orange, yellow, orange, yellow, green, blue, green, blue, purple and red purple. Good job, guys. You got through the basics. Moving on to the heart stuff. Just kidding. It's not hard. Next, we have five full proof ways to easily select color combinations. We're going to start with complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel . Your main compliments are going to be yellow and purple, blue and orange and red and green. You can also do this with the tertiary colors as well. The's combinations tend to be very intense, so it's good to use when you want something to stand out. Split complementary colors are also opposite each other. On the color will accept that it will take one color like blue green and pair it with the two colors that are adjacent to its complement, which would be red and orange. Another example of this would be yellow, red, purple and blue purple. Or, as I like to call it, purple. Analogous colors are any three colors next to each other on the wheel. So, for example, red, red, orange and orange or blue, blue, green and green. These can also be very intense colors together, just like complementary. So you may want to try using analogous colors with some tints and shades, but we'll touch on that in a minute. Next, we have triad. It colors these air colors that are equally spaced out on the wheel. For example, red, purple, yellow, orange and blue green are all three shades apart. Here's another example of traumatic colors. Last but not least, we have tech tragic colors. Tragic colors are formed by two sets of complementary colors. In this case, we have red and green paired with purple and yellow. These combinations can get complicated especially if you're using them in all equal amounts . They tend to compete and can become overwhelming. But if you make some intense and subdue the others, it could actually make a really great combination. A few more really important elements to developing a color scheme are tense shades, monochromatic colors, neutral colors and saturation tins are created when you add white to any color on the color wheel, it will make it less intense, and de saturated tints tend to be calmer colors and are often referred to as pastels. Shades are created when you add black to a color. I use a lot of tints and shades when I'm making color schemes. It's an easy way to create a beautiful yet cohesive look. A monochromatic color scheme is one where the entire pallet is made up of a single hue and all of its tints and shades. There's a slight risk of it becoming a little bit boring, so if you want to go this route, you may want to throw in a neutral ER to speaking of neutrals. Neutral colors are by definition, lacking in color. They include black, white, grey and lighter colors such as beige and brown exact neutral colors, very from person to persons definition. But most people consider any very light and slightly colored hue a neutral. The main idea of a neutral color is that it doesn't grab your attention, and it will blend into the background while out while allowing other colors to take the lead. And finally, we have saturation saturation measures, the intensity of the hue or color, so the colors on the left have very little saturation, while the colors on the right are very saturated and intense. Now that you have completely memorized all that life changing information, we can start making some beautiful color palettes. 3. Part 2 - Pinterest Palettes: in this lesson, I'm going to teach you a few ways to access different kinds of color palettes and illustrator. But I also wanted to teach you how to make your own If you have a really specific idea in mind, something that I use quite a bit when it comes to choosing colors is Pinterest. It's free if you signed up for an account and it's great for storing color ideas for later projects. Right now, I'm going to show you how to create a custom color palette from a Pinterest image of a room . It doesn't matter what the pictures of as long as you like the colors and the mood that it gives off. Let's pull up our first picture. So I opened my image into Illustrator and now I'm going to go over and grab my rectangle tool short, cut em and create a couple of boxes and copy them. So we have a handful of swatches. Once we have those all lined up, we can just take them and fill in the colors. So I'm just gonna option hold shift as they move down. Then grab all four hold shift as I moved down. Do one more copy. Perfect. So now I'm going to select my first box, and then I'm gonna move over to my eyedropper tool, and I'm just gonna work my way around the image. Whatever I click on with my eyedropper tool, it will pull that color into the box. So once I have one color, So right now I'm pulling up this kind of like dark green color. I'm ready to move on. So I'm gonna go select the next box and then switch back to my eyedropper tool and just kind of poke around to the different parts of the picture with different colors in them. Because each part of the image, for instance, this bench will have many, many different colors of green in it. So I'll just keep working with it until I'm getting kind of a mixture of colors. Overall is far swatches. I'm looking for quite a bit of variations, just so I have different options When I do go to use my colors later. I want some of the browns. I want some greens. I want some blues. I want so neutrals as well. You always want some neutrals just to kind of even things out. And another thing you're looking for is just to get some contrast. So you want some darker colors as well as lighter colors? A handful of each. So I'm just gonna work back through this rug, get a couple more browns and blacks. Sometimes you'll even pullup colors that you can't even tell her. There, for instance, like this purple e color I just pulled up. Okay, so now that I have all these colors ready to go, I'm gonna select all of them, and I'm gonna go over to my Swatch panel and I'm going to create a new color group. I want to call this green room because I'm really, really advanced. Okay. As soon as I did that, I hit OK, and it popped up in my swatch panel under this folder named Green Room. Now let's try it again with another image. So in this image, I already have my swatch boxes all ready to go. So we're going to dive right in with the eyedropper tool, going to select my first box A and just start going for it. So this is clearly going to end up being a neutral palette. You kind of Just look at the image. You can tell there's nothing super bright about it. There's nothing very vibrant or distracting. It's all kind of mellow colors. So this is gonna be a really nice palate for later, when I just want something simple, something not distracting. And you know, later on I could even add, you know, one or two highlight colors to it, and right now it's looking like a lot of pinks and whites and blacks. But there's actually quite a few different shades of grays and reds in there, so I want to try and pull up some of those. So just go through and pull up some of these. Sometimes you'll be surprised what ends up getting pulled up so you can adjust it as much as you like. Okay, I'm happy with the mix we have here, so I'm gonna go select all my swatches again. New Color group. Call it neutrals and OK, this image is a lot different than the last one. It's pretty vibrant and has a lot of different blues and greens in it. Um, the reason I picked this one is because it has kind of a couple different options because of all the blues and greens. We could do something where we're pulling a lot of different shades of blues and greens, so that could turn out to be like an analogous color scheme as well as, Ah, I'd also be pulling some neutrals and things. But then there's also this interesting kind of pinky orange color. We have some pink within the blanket, and then we have the orange on the floor and in the table, so orange and green. Those would be the tertiary colors. So those could also look really, really nice together as well. The green and the pink almost gets away with being like complementary with a tint to it, the tent would be the red plus white. So there's some different options here, and everything kind of all blends together with the black and the white, Um, and then the gray in the rug. So I'm just gonna pull as many different shades as I can, and then I'll have a lot of options later, and I know that most of them will probably work well together. All right, I'm happy with that. I'm going to select all my swatches. New color group. I'm going to call this one Leaf room. Okay. And now we have a menace watch panel. So this image is very clearly a complementary color color scheme. We have a vibrant blue and our vibrant orange very, very classy. Especially who, with the patterns that they used in this image, you can see why you would use a complementary color color scheme if you really want something to stand out. If you walked into someone's living room and you saw this, you be like, Wow, that's bright. So I want to try and get the same effect with my swatches. I'm gonna pull in a few neutrals because we're gonna want those later on. I'm gonna pull in a few tints and shades as well as some of the yellow we colors from the pillow and the framework. And then we'll see how it works out later. Select my swatches of color group complimentary. Okay. And now we're done. So now you can see how selecting an image according to its color scheme can really help you and achieving a fail safe color palette later on down the line 4. Part 3 - Color Guide and Swatch Libraries: Now that we have a few color palettes prepared, we can pull them into the Swatch library of a design that I'm ready to add color to. If you watch the first video in the Siri's, you'll recognize this as the design that started out as a drawing in my sketchbook that we turned into a vector image together. It's the same drawing is before, but I've added a little bit more detail to it to expand the design. In the previous videos, we designed some custom color palettes from images of colorful rooms. Now I'm going to go back to that last video and show you how to bring those watches into my new document. You can see that they're here in the swatch panel. I'm gonna go up to the fly out menu. I'm going to scroll down, and what I did before is I saved Swatch Library as an illustrator file, and then once you open this, you can see that I saved it as Green Room illustrator file and hit save, and now I'm going to switch back into my other documents. And if I want to find them, I go up to the fly out menu again in the Swatch panel opens, watch library, go down to user defined. And now we can see that the green room, the green rooms, watches. Or right there, I'll grab this folder. Drag it to my swatches panel. Now we're ready. So I have my drawing and I have my colors. Now what? Well, first, let's run through the color guide to get our bearings. Your color guide is the little fan dick image on your toolbar. If you can't find it, go upto window and color guide. If you don't want to stroke on your shapes, make sure to remove that right now I'm going to select this and when removed, the stroke by hitting none. Perfect. Next, you want to select your fill color, and you can go on up to the color guide panel and open that guy up. Once you open up the guide, you will see your current fill color at the top left hand corner below, you will see its tints and shades of that color. Remember that tents have white added to them, and shades have black added to them. If you go up to the fly out menu, you also have the option to see. It's warm and cool colors. Here we have our turquoise color in the center, with the cool colors on the right and the warm colors on the left. I can also go up to the fly out menu and pick up the vivid and muted colors. We have the turquoise in the center again. To the right. We have the more saturated, vivid colors, and to the left we have more muted colors. These are great swatches to click through when you're not sure which direction you want to go, and it's really great to have them on hand up. Here you have the Harmony Rules Menu, and this will show you all your monochromatic or your try ads all your complementary colors according to the active colors in the document. So these air also great to have available to you. Next, we have our swatch panel, which we use previously, but I'm gonna show you a few more options that you can use here. If you click on the bottom left button, it will bring up a list of color options that you can apply to your Swatch library, so I'm going to scroll down through this list, and I'm gonna go with the list of kids stuff. So once I click on this, it's gonna bring up a dialog box for me, and it's gonna be filled with different folders of colors for kids stuff. So a lot of these air super bry it. Some of them are pastel. They all look like kids so I can grab any one of these folders. If I think it matches the mood I want and drag it into my swatches folder, and now I can use it as they please. Now the next button next to that one is the open color themes panel. You can click on that, and this has a ton of additional color palettes. If you don't feel like making a custom one and these, they're just all from adobe, so you can scroll through here forever. If you want to grab one, you just go to the side button and you just hit. Add just watches and it's just immediately in your swatch panel and you use it the exact same way 5. Part 4 - Live Paint Bucket: Now we're ready to apply our custom palette to our design. We're gonna use our life paint bucket tool to grab multiple colors at a time so we can speed things up. The life paint bucket tool is right here on your toolbar, or you can hit K on your keyboard for the shortcut. Once I select the tool, you can see that my fill color is floating above my cursor. I can take my cursor and go towards Swatch panel and hover over the colors and select any of them. As I bring it back towards my drawing. You can now see that I have three of my palette colors floating above. What is happening is that I'm basically bringing all 12 colors with me, so I don't have to keep going back and forth. Now, if I use my left and right arrow key on my keyboard, you can see the fill color changing in between the swatches before we get to the color. Though there is one important step that we need to take to use the live paint bucket, you have to make sure that whatever you want a color is actually a live paint group If I come over here, we can see that nothing is highlighted As I'm hovering over it. I can click and click and click, and there's a little knoll sign over my cursor and nothing is going to get colored. So there is a quick fix for this. You can select the entire thing. Go upto object, live paint and hit make that will turn it into a live paint group. You could just hit. Continue. So now from here it's a live paint group, and you can freely fill in the colors as you wish. A que go grab my colors and I can hover over these pieces. You can see there being highlighted in the swap colors. Just hit my left and right arrows. Go back in and change colors here, switch colors again and so on and so forth. I wanted to show this first step one more time. In case you get stuck on this. Sometimes if I'm not paying attention and I'm clicking on things I'm like, why is this working? This is why so I'm going to grab my rectangle tool, and I'm just going to create just a totally random design here. So we can try and apply color, and I can show you how it works. Um, so if I grab my paint bucket, okay, and I go to the area that is not selected As I click on it, it will ask me to select the entire thing. So I'm gonna hit, okay. If I hover over the selected part, it's going to just say Click to make this a live paint bucket group. But I actually want to use the entire thing. So I'm gonna grab my selection tool, select all of it, go back to my life paint bucket tool. And then I can color this to my heart's intent so I can They can move around. I can switch colors on. My goodness, this is so beautiful. And now I can click off a glorious perfect in color away. There's a few other tricks you can do with the life pink bucket. You can also add in strokes if you want. Now, we don't have a stroke selected right now, but if you double click on the paint bucket, you can hit paint strokes and hit. OK, make sure you have a stroke color selected, so I'm gonna make this red. Now, when I take my life paint bucket tool, I can hover over the edge like this, and it's going to bring up a little paintbrush, and if I click, it will apply that color stroke Sunday. Now you can see I have this little red stroke around the box. Another great trick with this tool is the ability to color multiple shapes at the same time . If I decide I want all the small pieces to be turquoise, I don't have to keep going back and forth one by one to color them. I can select the 1st 1 and then click and drag with my cursor through all of the other pieces. And once I release, they'll all be painted the same entire color. The last trick is really helpful. If you want to take all of one color in the design and replace it with another, make sure your design is selected and the color you want to use this cute up. Take your cursor and place it on the color you want to replace and then triple click. All of that color shouldn't now be the new color. We can do that one more time. In the swamp, colors hover, triple click, and now it's all the lighter shade of brown, beauteous 6. Part 5 - Recolor Tool Prep: so we've done quite a bit of work at this point. We've created a custom vector image from an original sketch. We've designed a unique, an effective color palette and learn how to apply that pallet to our image. Color is a really important part of the design process. It can completely transform the mood of the peace. And you want to be sure that the colors you select for your design are helping it and not fighting against it. For example, here's the illustration that we've been working with. You can see that it's much easier to see. The design is a whole when no color has been applied to it. Yet that is the number one reason that I wait to the last step to apply color. If you look at the middle example, you can see that the design now appears very young, like you would find it in a nursery or on a baby product, even though the design is not something that you normally see in that area. In the third example, the colors are much more muted. And adults. This would not be a design that you'd find in a child room, yet it worked in the last example, all because of the color change, so you can see how that color selection is a really important feature of the design process . Let's take a look at a tool that can really help us out in this area. A really cool and useful tool you can use to play around with your colors and see immediately what is working and what is not working is the re color artwork tool. This feature was introduced in Illustrator CS four, so you don't need the upgraded creative cloud version to use it. It's easy and quick to use, so it can be a great time saver when you just want to test colors fast. The first thing you'll need to do is to open your artwork in illustrator by either placing it into your document by going to file place or dragging it into your art board. I have mine on hand here, so I'm just going to move this to the side, select it and drug it into my art board. Now I'm going to hit, shift and enlarge it so we can see what we're doing and then click off next. We'll either want to pull up one of our saved color palettes or create a new one. I'm going to pull in a previous color palette that we created together earlier from the photos of the rooms. I'll go up over to the fire menu of the swatches panel and I'll go to user defined, and then I'll grab the neutral palette. First. We'll grab the folder and pull it into my swatches panel, and now we're ready to go. Before I start working, I'm going to make a quick copy of my original artwork. Sometimes it's really easy to get carried away, moving from one pallet and one color to the next and then realize that the original was actually the best option to begin with, only to go back and find out that Oh my God, it's gone. Always make a copy of your design always to make a master file, save the document is a separate file. Or select the art you want to save with your selection tool. When I take my selection tool, grab the entire piece gonna hit option command G to group it. I'm gonna go find it in my layers palette by looking for the little blue button double click. I went a type in master hit return and then I'm gonna hide it. So now I have it there if I need it, and I don't have to worry about screwing anything up. If I do end up having to go back and find that I just need to go into my layers panel, look for the master file, hit the eyeball to make it visible, and then, um, group it. Now I'm ready to use my life paint bucket to apply the neutral palette to my design. When we use the re color tool to swap the colors around, it will keep similar colors in the same locations. So, for example, if I color both of these in pieces the exact same way, when I go to change the colors, the colors will change. But they will still match each other, so you may want to plan ahead of it. You also may not use all the colors in the palette, but you can always go back and adjust things. So let's add our neutral palette to this design. I'm going to select the entire design, going to go up to object life pain and make Now I've made it alive. Paint object. It's all highlighted. Grab my mike a tool, my life Paint bucket. Go to the swatches and I have them all ready to go Now. I'm just going to quickly apply these colors, kind of taking care to keep the same colors, similar colors in the same areas. So if two pieces air both green, then I'll add the same color. Whatever it may be to both of those pieces, I'm going to try and add in a little bit of contrast and once and darker colors as well. A. Some lighter colors. As you can see, I just use that dragging method again. Two. Did it, did it to dio, and that looks good. Now let's go check out the re color tool and see if it has any more options for us as faras color palettes 7. Part 6 - Recolor Tool: to pull up the re color artwork tool, weaken, Select our design. Then, if you look up at the life paint menu towards the top of the workspace, you'll see the icon right here. Another way to find it is by selecting your design. Go to edit, edit colors and re color artwork. Either way, we'll bring up the dialogue box. There's quite a lot of options and buttons and toggles, but don't be freaked out. You've saved a copy of your original artwork so we can kind of play around with no consequences. At this point, the box on the left with the horizontal bars is displaying all the current colors that I have active in my illustration. Right now I have five colors. These are also displayed at the top of the dialogue box and on the right. We have all the various watch groups that we've been using in our document. If you're happy with the current color selection, you can come down to the button that says randomly change color order, and you can click to swap your colors back and forth. You can move them around as much or as little as you like, but Once you find a combination you're happy with, be sure to stop and hit OK to save it because there's no reverse or back button. With this. You may also notice that the colors on the left are staying the same, while the smaller boxes on the right are changing with every click. If you ever want to override one of these colors, you can do so by grabbing the color you want and dragging and dropping it onto the random ice. Watch to the right. You will see it change in your design next to the random color button. We have a similar button that will keep the colors where they are, but it will change the saturation and the brightness of the current colors, which can really make an interesting difference. So this is the button right here, and as I click it, it will make some colors more intense, and it will de saturate others, so there's gonna be a lot of interesting effects here. This will change your current colors, so if you want to go back to the original colors, you can reset them by hitting the eyedropper tool at the top right hand corner. The third button in the section allows you to select one of your current colors and search for it anywhere in your design. So right now I'm going to come over and click the search button. Everything goes transparent. Then I go click on the color that I want to see, and I can see where it's highlighted in my design. If I want to alter that color, I just double click on the swatch. I can edit the color as I like. Do todo to be addicted to do, to do. Sorry, guys. I sing a lot when I'm working. Hit, Okay, and now we can see on the right. It's now the new color. I can unclip the search button, and now I can swap them around, and that color has been substituted for the brown. To reverse the action, Dragon dropped the original color on top of the new color. Either that, or go up to the eyedropper tool at the top, and it will revert it back to its original colors. So I have this design back in these kind of kid colors, and I am thinking that I want to switch it up and make it more adult. So I'm going to go over and check out what other Swatch and color groups I have available to me. Uhm, I'm going to go ahead and try it with the green rooms watches. So I'm gonna click on those and you can see that they've kind of pulled up on the right right here in these randomized swatch areas. I'm gonna go through and click the reorder button and I can see that actually, all 12 colors are getting pulled through, but there's only four slots right now. So in order to fix that, I want to add the rest of the colors from appear and I'm going to go over to add new row, and I'm going to click until the rest of the colors show up. Another thing we could do is go back and kind of adjust our design so we would have more colors in the initial design so you could see the rest of those getting pulled up Right now I don't really care, because I'm just kind of testing things out. I could always kind of go back and re use my life paint, bucket tool and make different pieces different colors, so I could have more of my color palette involved in this design. Another little trick you can do is to drag and drop these colors on top of each other. If you don't like the place where they're sitting, you can kind of a justice manually until you like where they are. We've been working within the assigned to have this whole time, so let's move over to the edit tab for a minute. Here, we're going to bring up a full color wheel that will allow us to edit the saturation and brightness of our colors. We can see all five of our colors laying around the color wheel, and that this color will is a little bit more structured than most. This makes it really easy to move around and kind of snap to the grid. We also have our five colors up top. Within this tab, you can basically take any color and turned it into whatever other color you want, so I can kind of move these little circles around. This is a color wheel showing saturation. If I want to see the brightness on the color will, I can switch over to this tab, and it will have the black in the middle. Or I can swap over to this regular kind of smooth color wheel. It's kind of up to you, but either way you have a ton of options. Another little trick with the circles is that the further I moved the circle away from the center, the more saturated the color will become. The color also won't change on my drawing until I release my mouse. If I decided that I want a link all my colors together and move them as a whole, I can go down and click this link button and then I can kind of circle them around the color wheel and the hue will change. But the colors will stay in proportion to each other. This is kind of fun to experiment with. I'm gonna bring these colors back up to the orange hues, or I was before when I come over and change it back to the structured wheel, and then I'm gonna unlinked them. So now I can play with them individually and kind of just play around here, play with the saturation. You can also come down to this little slider at the bottom and you can adjust all of the colors at the same time and change the brightness down here at the bottom. We also have our RGB sliders so we can adjust those. Or we can go over to our fly out menu and swap over to see M. Y K. And adjust these as well. This gives you complete control over your colors. That was a whole lot of information, So feel free to come back and check in on this video and relearn some of these tips if you forget them. 8. Part 7 - Resources: So you've got quite a bit of information in the past few videos, but I still wanted to make sure you had all the resource is possible. So I'm going to completely saturate your heart brain right now by throwing in some non illustrator. Resource is so you can use them. Believe it or not, there are many random websites out there that are completely dedicated to designing color schemes, Right? Some are good, some are not so good and some are kind of junky. But I wanted to let you know about some of my favorite so you don't have to do the digging the first night. We're going to take a look at it's called hail pixel dot com. Want to come up to work? Says color dot and click on it. So it says that I can change the hue for moving my mouse from left to right and up and down to change the lightness I can scroll for saturation. So let's get rid of that cool. So this ends up actually being a lot of fun. Um, at least for me, you can go left to right, and you can see the hex number changing in the center. So until you figure out which you or color you want, you kind of move around left. And right now, when I go up and down, it's gonna change the brightness. Adding White heading black Change the hue. Now, if I want I d saturated as I'm scrolling now and now I'm adding saturation. So now it's super intense. And now, as a scroll back all the colors or super intense, this is just fascinating. I think I could do this all day. So whenever you see a color that you like, all you have to do is click your mouse and then it will save that color. The color will move over to the left, and then you can continue doing the same exercise on the right. So now look for a color that kind of compliments, that when I'm happy with that, I just click again, and I can continue to do this for a couple more colors. And the great thing is, when I'm ready, I have all the hex numbers ready to go, and I can just pop lament illustrator such a fun site. So next step we have the website adobe color and the link is appear color dot adobe dot com , and this is obviously an adobe program used to be called cooler kul er, but they've changed the name. So on the left we have a little drop down that says Color rule. You can see analogous, complementary shades, custom, all kinds of colors, just like the ones we talked about before. We have our color wheel. Um, it's got so little pull tabs on it, just like an illustrator. We can move those out and adjust the saturation. We can rotate it and change the hue. We can click on the wheel to zoom in. Then there's other sliders below where we can change each color individually, adding different hues to it. We can click on all these separately and change them individually. We also have the hex number down at the bottom, and it shows us the amount of red, green and blue and each color. I'm going to switch over to try ad and as I turn it, remember, these are all equal distant from each other, so it'll work as a triangle. As I'm turning it, you can adjust thes. There's so many different options, guys so fun. Go to complementary, and then you have the colors that are across from each other, and then you have analogous colors. This is pretty cool Hoop. Another website we have is called colors on the Web or C O. T. W. This one you can kind of scroll down and honestly doesn't look like much at first. But there's this little box up to the left, and it's pretty cool. You can put in the hex number. You can just click here on the color and just pick any color you want and then hit calculate, and it brings up everything you have. Analogous, complementary, split, complementary te tragic try attic and monochromatic. And even if you scroll down further, we have even more e of hue, variation, saturation and tints and shades any color you could want with all the numbers. So this is freaking awesome. You can always go back and kind of edit the color ginger color and calculate that, and it gives you everything you need for that other color. So this is a really valuable tool and just quick and dirty, and our last site is called Color Blender color blender dot com and you can scroll down here and there's one color that's highlighted. And if you look below, there are some RGB sliders. So the first thing you're going to do is you're gonna make your first color, and whatever that turns out to be, the other colors will automatically complement it. So I'm just making the first green right now, or blue or whatever, or whatever it ends up being, and then automatically matches these colors to it. If I want to go and I want to edit one directly, I can click on it. But it says I need to be in direct edit mode, hit okay, then go down and hit direct at it. Choose the one I want to fix, and then I can adjust that however I like. So this is all super personalized, and then I'm OK with that. So if I want to make that color the main color, I think click on it and I can go to auto match and it'll say, basically, if you want to make that the main color, I'm going to get rid of all everything else you had. Okay, then it'll push that to the main color and then come up with a completely new color scheme . Over here, you can download your blend in photo shop illustrator, or you can just have it sent to your email. So now you know a few other ways to get color palettes outside of Illustrator. 9. Student Projects: well, that about does it for the color portion of this series. I hope you were able to pick up some helpful tips about combining colors or just more about the tools available to you within the street program. Now that you understand a little more about how color works, you can apply it to virtually any part of your life. Things like putting together an outfit, decorating your home, planning a party or even landscaping your backyard. First class in the Siri's taught you how to bring your hand sketches into illustrator, and the next class will focus on creating patterns with your illustrations. So stay tuned for that video coming in. For now, focus on putting together a varied palette of between 8 to 10 colors and then use the live paint bucket. To apply that pallet to your design, Be sure to post the colors and your final illustration in the project gallery for this class. Thanks for watching, and I'll catch it in the next video