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Thinking in Color
After we’ve traced the sketch in black and white we can start thinking about what colors we want to use.
When to use
While color schemes play an important role in a design, it's important not to introduce them too early in the process. In most cases it is always better to focus on a composition in black and white so that you don't become distracted or bogged down by color. This goes for logos, but also for other types of designs and illustration as well.
- Open the Thinking in Color Exercise.ai file
- Once you've opened the Illustrator document, check to make sure that each of the three 'pass' layers are unlocked.
- Grab your Selection Tool (V) and click on the outline from the First Pass layer, then hold down the Shift Key and select the outline for one of the ears.
- We now want to select all of the lines that share the same line weight as these two lines.
- Go to the Select Menu and choose Same > Stroke Weight
- Once all of the lines sharing the same line weight have been selected, go to the Stroke Panel to the right side of the interface.
- From here, change the weight of these lines from 1pt to 2pts and then save your work.
- Once you have saved your work we can go to a Web Browser and visit color.adobe.com where we will begin our search for color palettes.
- Under the 'Color Rule' dropdown menu, notice some of the different options you have such as Monochromatic and Triad.
- You can move some of the sliders on the color wheel around and see the other colors update automatically.
- Below each of these colors you will also see the color values such as the hexadecimal value and web colors.
- To decrease the saturation of your colors you can move the sliders towards the middle, and to make the colors more saturated you can keep the sliders all the way to the outside of the color wheel.
- Another option you have is to go to the 'Explore' tab from the top navigation bar and search user generated themes.
- You can also type in a keyword such as 'heat' and see all of the themes that have that keyword as part of the name.
- When you find some color palettes that you like, you can either jot down the color values, or take a screenshot by pressing Command/Ctrl + Shift + 4 on your keyboard, and then clicking and dragging around the area you would like to capture. Normally these screenshots will be saved directly to your desktop.
Hints & tips
- Adobe Color CC is a very helpful tool for finding color schemes that work. I tend to take screenshots of the ones that I like, but you can also save them or write down the color values for each of the colors that you would like to use.
- Under the Create tab with the main color wheel, you can also save any theme you come up with to your profile, but you must first be registered with Adobe.
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