Master Color with the Recolor Artwork Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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13 Videos (41m)
    • Color in Ai Intro

      1:17
    • Create a Custom Color Palette

      4:42
    • Getting Familiar with Color in Ai

      2:49
    • 3 The Recolor Artwork Tool

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

      1:41
    • Global Colors

      2:24
    • How to Lock Colors

      2:21
    • Recolor Watercolor Illustrations

      5:30
    • Coverting Colors to Pantones

      2:44
    • Choosing a Color Palette

      4:18
    • Recoloring Patterns

      2:20
    • Common Mistakes in Coloring

      4:05
    • Student Projects + Next Steps

      1:08
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About This Class

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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. :)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

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!

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! :)

LET'S GET STARTED!

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

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Such a great class!!
Miriam Greystone

Author and Web Designer

This class is so great! I love Bonnie's teaching. She really makes everything so easy to learn! <3
Lahna Winter

Watercolor and pattern lover

I want to thank Bonnie for her fabulous teaching style The lesson is covering the recolor tool in details and with simple instructions ,very useful class
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Bonnie Christine

Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

Hello!

Creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. I'm a self-taught designer, life long learner and all around creativity lover. Having my biggest dream come true is what made me passionate about sharing what I know with others. I believe in making those BIG dreams a reality!

I'm so excited to get to know you! The best place todive right in is by visiting my blog, Going Home to Roost or hitting me up over on Instagram.

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