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Convert a complex vector object to greyscale

Jan 6, 2013 5:48 AM

I have a complex vector object, containing of forms of all kinds and what not. They have two colours: black and red. To use this logo in a background area, I need to make it all grey. Everything which is black or red shall then be light grey or so. But the appearance panel can't do a single thing. It just says "this is a group, I can't handle that". So I ungrouped the entire object, then there were other sub-groups. I could go on ungrouping everything forever, but that can't be the solution. When I just click on a colour in that colour panel instead, it sets the outline colour of every single element. It hasn't always done that, there were times when it would set the fill colour of all elements. But there's no switch to tell it what exactly to set. Should I way until an even or odd day so that it would set the fill colour again? Or is there a more professional method to get this done?


Illustrator CS6 on Windows.

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    Jan 6, 2013 6:02 AM   in reply to dg9ngf



    If you go back to the original object(s), you may:


    0) Copy everything, and hide the original or save it in some other way;


    ½) If needed, select everything and in the Transparency palette/panel reduce the Opacity so that 1 gives the right shades of grey;


    1) Select everything and (depending on version) Filter>Effect>Colors>Convert to grayscale.


    More professional? Maybe more cheating.

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    Jan 6, 2013 10:56 AM   in reply to dg9ngf

    It's in Edit > Edit colors


    You can also create a color group of greyscale swatches and then use Edit > Edit colors > Recolor art.

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    Jan 6, 2013 11:15 AM   in reply to dg9ngf

    Thank you for the correct reference, Monika.


    dg, I apologize for misremembering. Once it was under Filter, then I believed it was under Effects.

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