How to change all specific colors to another color.

Explorer ,
Mar 01, 2012 Mar 01, 2012

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Can some one tell me how to change all colors in Illustrator to another color all at once.

I used to work in Freehand and you could select all, them go to a panel and have it change

all of one color to another in a layout.

Exp. You could change pms 356 to pms 410 without selecting each individually.

I can't find this feature in Illustrator CS4

Any help appreciated

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Enthusiast , Mar 02, 2012 Mar 02, 2012
Is quit simple to do, like Kurt said.Go to Swatch panel, select pms 401 than cmd select pms 356 go to pulldown menu and select Merge Swatches.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2012 Mar 01, 2012

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Edit > Edit colors > Recolor art

see manual for details.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2012 Mar 01, 2012

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You may also take a look at the mechanisms in the Swatches palette.

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Explorer ,
Mar 01, 2012 Mar 01, 2012

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Thanks Monika and Kurt.

Figured it out. But I couldn't get it to affect groups inside clipping masks. Basically had to completely

disassamble the logo.

Don't know why Illustrator has to make it so difficult. In Freehand it's simple: select the entire object, open

a panel, a few clicks and bingo it's done. Even if things are grouped, groups within groups, pasted into another group....no problem.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 02, 2012 Mar 02, 2012

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No, you don't have to disassemble anything. Live color works on different kinds of objects and in deeply nested groups and clipping masks.

see http://www.vektorgarten.de/img/tut/groups-live-color.mov

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Jul 11, 2016 Jul 11, 2016

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In my case, I managed to replace all black (which was the color of my sketch) by a new swatch. I used the '1 Color Job' option of the Recolor Artwork feature.

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Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Sadly, because Illustrator will never be Frehand and yet, through the vagaries of fate, we are stuck with it. The "logic" of Illustrator is clear, even if the resulting functionality is anything but: why have something (a tool, function, etc) be simple, obvious and intuitive when you can make it obscure and gratuitously complex? The fact that I still miss FreeHand all these years later speaks volumes, as anyone who used that application will understand.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2012 Mar 01, 2012

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First make a swatch of pms 410.

Then select one item which is coloured with pms 356.

Now Select > Same ... to select everything that is 356.

Click on 410 swatch.

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Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020

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Perfect! just what I wanted to select all of one colour and change it. Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020

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Thank you. This is the simple fix I needed. 🙂

 

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 02, 2012 Mar 02, 2012

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Is quit simple to do, like Kurt said.

Go to Swatch panel, select pms 401 than cmd select pms 356 go to pulldown menu and select Merge Swatches.

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Apr 06, 2021 Apr 06, 2021

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Merge in the swatch panel is the way to go if creating swatches. And whichever is above the other is the color the other color becomes.

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