Don’t worry dekePhotoshopLovers, we’re a little obsessed with Illustrator lately, but now that the Book is off to the printer (insert sigh of relief) we’ll get back to our PhotoshopLove soon. But Illustrator has some magical powers as well, and this week in the ‘lounge we discuss the magic of the elusive Live Color. It’s elusive because Adobe has all but abandoned the term, but the powers remain. And I frankly think it’s pretty cool that you can map every color in your illustration to another color to match your website, wardrobe, or interior decorating needs. As you can see below, changing color can turn a menacing pirate into a suspiciously Yoda-like creature:
Here’s a black-and-white list of the critical (and not) observations from this week show:
- English cucumbers have thinner skins than your standard cucumber.
- You can still see “Live Color” in the interface when you undo some of the related activities. Apparently the Adobe engineers didn’t get the marketing memo.
- We’re a little disturbed by the term “Color Harmony” because some of these mathematical collections of color are downright cacophonous. But I guess “algorithmic color pattern” isn’t quite as catchy.
- You can lift your new color palette from another file, from Adobe Kuler, or from a pre-existing set of color groups that already lurk in Illustrator.
- The loading process for new colors is the least fun aspect of the endeavor. But the Recolor Artwork dialog box will be more entertaining (whoops, almost said “fun” again, everybody sip your martini!) if you pre-arrange some color groups to work with.
- The Madras color panel looks just like our drinks, and even includes cucumber-coordinating greens.
- Although it (at one time) had that magical word “live” associated with it, the Recolor Artwork dialog box is not dynamic in the way Live Trace is. You can’t revisit the recoloring the way you can the tracing we discussed a few weeks ago.
Give it a try. Listen to this week’s show, then recolor your world. Here’s the regular-quality audio file. You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save. Here’s the high-res version; you’ll want to download rather than stream. And don’t forget our usual plea to subscribe via iTunes.
Cheers to ever-changing colors, and pirates, and the Yoda who lurks in us all.