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How to Obtain the Right Color in Adobe Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Basix/ Comments: 0

In this tutorial we will discuss a couple of ways in how to obtain the right color in Adobe Illustrator. Then we will select the most optimal one, which will let us work on professional level.

Color Models

First, that you need to know is in what color mode you need to work. Some beginners ignore this issue, and therefore they have some further difficulties. There are two color modes in the document – RGB and CMYK. RGB color mode is designed for creation of images for Web; CMYK color mode is designed for creation of images for printing. These two color modes have significant differences. So, for example, CMYK color mode has less colors and it won’t be possible to get as bright colors as you can get while working in RGB color mode. Check out, what is going on with green, if you switch the color mode from RGB to CMYK.

Moreover, if you use CMYK color mode, you’ll get some limitations in Blending mode usage. It will simply work differently as in RGB color mode, although it is a topic for a different tutorial and we will get back to it sometime.

The usage of colors in CMYK color mode is connected to printing technologies and to technical characteristics of particular printing house, that’s why we will talk only about RGB colors today. When a new document is created in Adobe Illustrator, you have opportunity to choose the color model in the New Document dialog box.

To change the color model in your current document go to the File > Document Color Mode > RGB color.

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