How to Make Color Variations in Illustrator using the Recolor Artwork feature | Adobe Creative Cloud

Learn how to use the Recolor Artwork feature to quickly take complex artwork and iterate on its palette. This technique is perfect for experimenting or creating color comps for a client.

Start from scratch, or download practice files [] for a head start. Steps below.

1. Duplicate the artboard so you can see a before and after. Choose the Artboard tool, then Option/Alt + drag to duplicate the artboard and its contents.
Tip: You can also select Duplicate Artboards from the flyout menu on the Artboards panel.
2. Choose the Selection tool, then drag a marquee around all the objects you’d like to recolor to select them.
3. Go to Edit — Edit Colors — Recolor Artwork.
4. Click Edit to show the color wheel. Check Recolor Art to preview the changes as you make them.
5. Recolor your work using one, or both, of these techniques:
a. Drag the main swatch (larger dot) around the color palette to change individual colors.
b. Click Link Harmony Colors to preserve the original color relationships and edit the artwork as a whole.
6. With a swatch selected, you can also use the HSB sliders to make fine adjustments to a color.

That’s it!

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