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Adobe Illustrator CC Digital Classroom by Jennifer Smith, AGI Creative Team

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Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options

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Adobe Illustrator offers an expansive amount of features that allow you to create original fill colors and strokes. In this lesson, you find out how to create and use patterns, and to take advantage of gradients. You also learn how to explore more color opportunities with the Color Guide.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Adding tonal variations with gradients
  • Saving custom swatches
  • Creating and using patterns
  • Using the Color Guide
  • Creating a color group

Starting up

Before starting, make sure that your tools and panels are consistent by resetting your workspace. See “Resetting Adobe Illustrator CC Preferences” in the Starting up section of this book.

You will work with several files from the ai06lessons folder in this lesson. Make sure that you have loaded the ailessons folder onto your hard drive from www.digitalclassroombooks.com/epub/illustratorcc. See “Loading lesson files” in the Starting up section of this book.

Taking a look at the finished illustration

In this lesson, you will take a black-and-white illustration and liven it up with gradients and patterns. You will then discover how to build interesting combinations of color together using the Color Guide.

1 To view the completed illustration, choose File > Browse in Bridge, and using the Favorites tab, click Desktop.

2 Once at the Desktop, double-click the ai06lessons ...

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