Change Colors Or Recolor Your Artwork In Illustrator

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As fashion designers, we work with colors. A LOT of colors.

Sometimes, you need to mockup LOADS of colorway options for garments or textile patterns.

Sometimes you need to replace Pantone Coral with Pantone Lobster throughout an ENTIRE LINE SHEET. Even though the shade is BARELY different. (Gotta love those “detail-oriented” clients #thescopecreepisreal)

The “recolor artwork” section of this guide is SHORT. But two of the three video tutorials are REQUIRED for all fashion or textile (surface pattern) designers.

If you work with color at all, these videos are MANDATORY.

How to Change, Replace, Merge, or Recolor ANY Type of Artwork in Illustrator (including pattern swatches and brushes)

Of all the tutorials I’ve ever shared, this IS one of the best kept secrets in Illustrator.

I’ve seen designers who’ve come from other design software packages (like NedGraphics or Kaledo) complain that Illustrator doesn’t have a quick way to recolor your artwork. (#spoileralert: Yes it does!)

I’ve seen advanced designers (who’ve been using the software for 10 years) #jawdrop when they watched this video. (Don’t worry, it’s easy enough that anyone can do it.)

Here we go – in less than 10 minutes, you’ll learn how to easily:

  • Swap color positions
  • Replace one color with another
  • Merge colors
  • Cycle through endless colorway options


Your recoloring situation will go from HOURS to MINUTES.

And yes, it works for solid blocks of color, repeating pattern swatches, brushes, and pretty much every other kind of artwork you can create in Illustrator.

If you work with color, HIT PLAY ON THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL NOW! →

How to Use Pantone Swatches in Illustrator to Color Your Designs

Work in fashion? You’ll be using Pantone colors to design.

And chances are? You’ll want to use those EXACT Pantone color values in Illustrator.

Which is why I made a video tutorial to show you exactly how to do that.

Before you scroll down so fast, make sure you’re using the right Pantone book.

Chances are, you’ll be working with the TPX / TCX books…but not always.

This video will help you figure that out:

Next, make sure you have the correct Pantone libraries loaded in Illustrator.

Got your workspace setup now?

Here’s a tutorial on how to color your fashion designs using ACTUAL Pantone colors in Illustrator:

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