Master Color with the Recolor Artwork Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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13 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Color in Ai Intro

      1:17
    • 2. Create a Custom Color Palette

      4:42
    • 3. Getting Familiar with Color in Ai

      2:49
    • 4. 3 The Recolor Artwork Tool

      5:11
    • 5. Reduce the # of Colors in an Illustration

      1:41
    • 6. Global Colors

      2:24
    • 7. How to Lock Colors

      2:21
    • 8. Recolor Watercolor Illustrations

      5:30
    • 9. Coverting Colors to Pantones

      2:44
    • 10. Choosing a Color Palette

      4:18
    • 11. Recoloring Patterns

      2:20
    • 12. Common Mistakes in Coloring

      4:05
    • 13. Student Projects + Next Steps

      1:08
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Project Description

Project Description

Create a single illustration or repeating pattern, and present it in 3 different color options.

PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, I would love to have you join me in my other Skillshare courses! Both Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 are very comprehensive. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)

ASSIGNMENT

The assignment for this course is to create a single illustration (or repeating pattern), presented in 3 different color options. Carefully color your illustration to make sure that it has 1) enough contrast 2) enough colors 3) enough neutrals. Choosing a color palette that is unique and engaging will make your final illustration (or pattern!) beautiful!

DELIVERABLE

When you're ready, begin uploading your process and final pattern to the student project gallery. A complete student project should include:

  • A short bio + intro to your project - we want to get to know you!
  • Three proposed color palettes, each consisting of 8-16 colors (feel free to include a photos if you used one as well!)
  • Your final illustration or pattern, colored 3 ways.
  • Feel free to view my project to use as an example.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

All you'll need for this course is Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)! This class is taught in Adobe CC, though any version should work! :)

RESOURCES

Explore the attached resources and use them for your convenience and inspiration. Included is my list of favorite industry resources, info on the Roost Tribe, and a handy keyboard shortcut printable.

MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)

I can't wait to see what colorful creations you make!

Student Projects

Bonnie Christine
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Lynda Metcalf
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Manni K.
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Natalia Gonzalez
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Erica Ilene
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Lesley Young
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Tracy Kistler
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Kim Duclos
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Tonia Dee
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Giusy Di Bella
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Anne LaFollette
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Elena Wilken
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Cindi G.
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