1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 2, 2013 3:07 PM by Monika Gause RSS

    Equivalent of Selective Color in Illustrator?

    FishArtist1200 Community Member

      Greetings, I am fairly new to Illustrator CS4 although I'd say I'm pretty proficient in Photoshop CS4.  I have imported a painting from Photoshop to Illustrator and have vectorized it using Live Trace.

       

      What I want to do is take my painting, vectorize it into 4 colors and then adjust those 4 colors individually.

       

      a.  Is there somewhere where I can see the 4 colors that make up the image once I have completed the Live Trace?  Can I change these individually?  Does it have to do with the Output to Swatches checkbox that is under the Max # Colors input box-- I checked this box, but then where are those swatches output to and how are they named?

       

      b.  I use Selective Color all the time in Ps-- I love the control one has over specific colors rather than changing the whole deal like in the Hue Adjustment-- is there an equivalent tool in Ai to Ps' Selective Color?

       

      c.  When I am doing the Live Trace, under Tracing Options I am using Palette: Automatic.  When I load a swatch library such as Earthtones and try to do the trace the whole sceen turns black.  Can I make a pallette of say hot pink, turquoise, and chartreause and force the Live Trace function to create a vectorized image using these 3 colors even though the source image is a bland greyish brown shark?

       

      Thanks so much for your help!!!

        • 1. Re: Equivalent of Selective Color in Illustrator?
          Monika Gause MVP

          a. Does it have to do with the Output to Swatches checkbox that is under the Max # Colors input box

           

          yes. You can find them in the Swatches panel.

           

          b.  I use Selective Color all the time in Ps-- I love the control one has over specific colors rather than changing the whole deal like in the Hue Adjustment-- is there an equivalent tool in Ai to Ps' Selective Color?

           

          Try Edit > Edit colors > Color balance

          or: Edit > Edit colors > Recolor Art

           

          c.  Can I make a pallette of say hot pink, turquoise, and chartreause and force the Live Trace function to create a vectorized image using these 3 colors even though the source image is a bland greyish brown shark?

           

          Create a swatch library and load it. Then it should appear in the trace dialog box for you to choose from.