Master Color with the Recolor Artwork Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, live an extraordinarily creative life!

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13 Videos (41m)
    • Color in Ai Intro

    • Create a Custom Color Palette

    • Getting Familiar with Color in Ai

    • 3 The Recolor Artwork Tool

    • Reduce the # of Colors in an Illustration

    • Global Colors

    • How to Lock Colors

    • Recolor Watercolor Illustrations

    • Coverting Colors to Pantones

    • Choosing a Color Palette

    • Recoloring Patterns

    • Common Mistakes in Coloring

    • Student Projects + Next Steps


About This Class


When it comes to illustration, color can easily be one of the most important elements of a design. Mastering the use of color in adobe illustrator will be a key factor in taking your designs to the next level. While the recolor artwork is the most powerful color tool in Illustrator, it’s also one of the most complex. In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork for print, whether that’s stationery and wallpaper or fabric and ribbon. I’ll teach you how to create color palettes that work, lock and reduce colors in the recolor artwork tool, tips on how to recolor watercolor paintings, convert your colors to Pantones and easily recolor your repeating patterns.

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. :)



In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork and repeating patterns in Adobe Illustrator using the Recolor Artwork Tool.

  • How to make a custom color palette
  • What makes a color palette work
  • How to locate colors in a document
  • How to reduce the number of colors in an illustration
  • How to lock colors
  • How to use Global Adjustments
  • How to recolor watercolor illustrations
  • How to convert a document's colors to Pantone
  • How to recolor repeating patterns

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautifully colored illustrations and patterns. My hope is that it will leave you feeling motivated and inspired follow your creative dreams!


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! :)


I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Let's get started!


198 of 198 students recommendSee All

Great class! I have used Illustrator (and the colour change tool) for years, but Bonnie had some great tips that will definitely help in future projects. Thanks Bonnie :)
Even though I've been using Illustrator for 10+ years, there were some tips I found helpful from this class.
Davie P.

Art Maker

What a great class! The presenter speaks clearly - no "umms" or mistakes - and fluently. It's always apparent what is happening on the screen because she tells us (none of the "what did he click that button for? What's happening?" junk in this class!) what she is clicking and WHY! Excellent class, excellent teacher - I cannot recommend this class highly anough. A++
Gail McKeating

Always learning





Bonnie Christine

live an extraordinarily creative life!

hi! my name is bonnie and i love to fill my world with pretty patterns, share all that i know with the roost tribe and blog to inspire the artisan's soul.

creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. i am a self-taught designer and am constantly inspired by the natural world around us, from the biggest of trees to the tiniest of leaves! i thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiny days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other.


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