This Article was written by Derek Deal and was originally posted on the Black Axe Blog.


I recently started predominantly using Illustrator to color my designs since starting The Black Axe. So far its been going pretty well. My file sizes are a fraction of what they used to be and pre-press has been a breeze. Im not going to lie though, it definitely took some getting used to. Illustrator is a quirky program, and has no problem letting you do things the hard way if you are ill informed. I tend to do a lot of experimentation when coloring and often times have to provide a few different colorways when submitting work to clients, so any time i can save in that process is a huge help. That’s why i decided to pass some knowledge i picked up on using global swatches. Hope it helps.

Global Color in Illustrator from The Black Axe on Vimeo.

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