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Laying in the Flats
Once we pick out a few color schemes to try out we can begin coloring our main logo filling in the flat colors for different parts of the illustration.
When to use
When you are ready to begin the coloring phase, start by blocking out your base colors or the 'flats' as they are often called.
- Begin by opening the Laying in the Flats - Exercise.ai file
- You should have your Sketch layer, Trace layer, and also a First, Second, and Third Pass layer
- Open your Swatches panel by going to the Window Menu and choosing Swatches from the list
- After opening your Swatches panel, click on the hamburger menu on the upper right of the panel (the button that looks like three or four stacked lines)
- Go to 'Open Swatch Library' and then choose User Defined > Mascot_Logo_Custom_Palettes (or the name that you used for your custom colors)
- You should now have your custom colors loaded up in a new panel
- Unlock each of your three 'pass' layers
- Start by selecting the largest shape in the back (the neck/upper chest shape)
- Try out a few of your custom colors, making sure that they are the fill color and not the stroke
- If you notice the fill color changing but still have a black stroke around the shape, change the stroke to none
- Once you have a solid fill color and no stroke, you can press the Shift+X keys to toggle between fill and stroke with your new color
- When doing this, you may notice that when your shape is filled, that it is covering up some other shapes behind it
- To fix this, select your shape and go to the Object Menu and choose Arrange > Send to Back
- You should now see all of your black lines and shapes in front of your solid fill
- Select the main head shape layer and sample the same color as the base
- Send the solid fill color for the head to the back but NOT all the way
- Instead, we will send the head backwards one step at a time by using the keyboard shortcut Command/Ctrl+[ on the keyboard until all of the other lines become visible
- Repeat this process for both of the ears
- If you notice any of your black shapes from the pass layers disappearing, try sending your shape backwards until it becomes visible again
- Fill in the horns using a different color and make sure that there is no stroke
- Use the same color from the horns for the main nose/mouth area and save your work
Hints & tips
- When you begin filling in your shapes with solid color, you may notice that some of your other shapes seem to disappear. This is because the order in which we created the shapes is determining what is in front of what. In order to reveal your black shapes and lines you will have to arrange them accordingly.
- To send a shape backwards one step at a time use the keyboard shortcut Command/Ctrl+[ and to send it forward, use the ] key instead.
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