How to change colors in Illustrator the quick and easy way

How to change colors in Illustrator the quick and easy way!

How to change colors in illustrator

Color plays such an important part in design and can change an illustration from drab to fabulous. Something as simple as changing the exact hue or saturation of a color can evoke a completely different feeling.

I often play around with many color schemes before choosing the right one for my illustrations. That said, color is such a personal thing. What evokes one reaction in one person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else.

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to change the color scheme of an illustration quickly and easily. This way, you can cycle through different color schemes easily and pick the one you like best.

Here is one of my digital papers from my Mint and Coral set in Illustrator which I will be using for this tutorial.




Step 1:

I want to check how many colors I have used in this pattern so I can pick another color scheme with the exact same amount of colors. Make sure your Swatches window is present. If you can’t see it, go to Window on your top horizontal menu and select Swatches. Select your whole pattern and click on the little folder called New Color Group at the bottom of your Swatches panel. A New Color Group pop up window will appear. Click Ok and all the colors from your selected artwork will now appear in the Swatches window.




As you can see here, I have used 6 colors in my pattern.




Step 2:

Now I am going to create a new color group with 6 different colors. I am going to use one of my I Luv Color Palettes which I creatively called #2! For your convenience, I have added the RGB values to the image.


Color Palette Two

Go to your Swatches window. If you can’t see it, you can bring it up by going to Window in your main horizontal menu.

Click on the little folder icon and this time, because you haven’t selected any artwork, it will be an empty color group. Click ok to add this empty folder to your Swatches window.

Go to your Color window and make sure it is set to the color mode you are working in. In my case, I am working in RGB. To change your color mode, go to the little drop down menu on the top right hand side of your Color window and select RGB.




Now, type in the value of your color. In my case, I am going to use the values of the dark pink color in the above color scheme. Then I am going to drag the color box from my Color window to the empty swatch folder in my Swatches window.




Continue this step until all the colors are present in your second folder.

Step 3:

Now for the fun part. Select your artwork. Go to your Color Guide window. If you can’t see it, open if from Window on your top horizontal menu. Select the drop down menu on the top right hand side of your Color Guide window and select Edit Colors. A big pop up window will appear that looks like this:




Select your new color group, in my case color group 2 and select ok. Voila. Your artwork has been changed to this color palette.




You can be really tricky and play with sorting the hue backwards and forwards by selecting the funny little box illustrated below in your Edit Colors pop up menu and play around with the Sort drop down box.




Instead of trying just one color scheme, load a few more Color Groups into your Swatches window and swap between them. This may seem a lengthy tutorial but I promise with practice it will become second nature.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Until next time. X





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