How to Color a Real Hand Drawing Using Adobe Illustrator CC
Hi there in this video we're going to take this kind of hand drawn done with a pencil in real life drawing and go and do this where we fill it with color easily making it all kind of victory and nice. Alright let's go and do it now in this tutorial. Okay. So there's gonna be three different types. There's going to be a hand drawn one where if I zoom in you can see like it's just kind of a pencil drawing. And and these guys here we drew earlier in the class right? And I'll show you the pros and cons working with these. So for this guy here we need to first of all vectorized them basically. It's called live trace. Okay. Say or Image Trace. If you select on them and over here there's one called Image Trace. If you're using an earlier version of illustrator, it's at the top there. Image Trace. It doesn't matter. Hey click on it and best results try different ones but normally it's just black and white logo will work. Okay. And the calling about it. If I zoom in now it's actually vector sha...
pes that I can fill. It's not quite ready because you need to expand it. Otherwise it won't work. Okay now it's lots of pieces. If I go to outline. View, command y or control Y and a P. C. It's actually victor. Now I need to color it. We're gonna use our super resourceful shape builder tool. We use it for lots of things and so with it open let's do a couple of things. Let's open up our window and our swatches now you might, what I've done for us in this tutorial is I've cleaned up, remember remember the thing we learned in advanced colored tips and tricks? I've cleaned up our swatches panel. Just so we've got the basics in here, you might get start with start mixing up colors that you want to color with. You can do them on the fly. Another thing you need to double check is if you double click this tool is that you want to make sure get detection is on small for the moment. We'll look at that in a bit more detail in a second and make sure this, I turn this off earlier in the course, basically it's the color that appears just above your cursor and I'm not a big fan of it. Cool. So all we need to do now is click on it and color it. So I'm gonna pick a starting color. Okay? And I'm gonna click on it once and it's filled with that kind of off, I should pick a slightly more specific color that you can actually see. So I've clicked on that and it just fills it up and if you're running into problems with your hand drawn type double click this and play around with the gap detection. Okay, Because you can see in here there is gaps that I've got. Is there any gaps in this one? There's a gap right there. Okay, the top. Right, And because I've got gap detection on it's going, I'm just going to fill that for you. Don't worry about it. Thank you. A couple of things I want to do to speed this up is one is the shortcut that you weren't sure is that useful back in an earlier video? Remember command on a mac or control on a Pc and h gets rid of all of that anchor points everywhere, you know, which is just tidy you up please. And another cool little shortcut when your coloring is, can you see just above my cursor there? There is actually three little dots, three little squares. The middle one's slightly bigger. If I go over here, closer to this panel here, you can zoom right in but can you see over here my curses, it's telling me that's the one I have selected. But watch when I hit my left and right arrow. Can you see I can kind of toggle through the available swatches. So it kind of makes it nice to kind of have one hand on your keyboard to go Actually I want this to be this color and then I'll go darker color in here for this. I'm just kind of using my left and right. The color pieces. If you're finding it very hard to keep zooming in, I find the kind of closer you are zoomed the easier it is to get into some of these gaps. So I'm using left and right and you can see how quick and easy it is to start coloring this thing. Don't wait, I want this color here. I know it doesn't look like much of a color. You can actually, you don't have to use these swatches. You can just use premixed color, you know, make your own. So double click this, pick a swatch, I wanna kind of color for my role here, flower thing. Okay. And you can click in here, you can see I just picked a random color really hard to get zoom right in. There we go. Come on, get you. There you go. Alright, so that is how to color it. There's a couple of things you'll end up with this white border around the outside. Okay. Which you may or might not want. I'm going to hold down the key on my pc or the option can um I can just delete them. Okay? So hopefully now we're gonna go to transparency mode. That's a shortcut. We haven't learned before. Command shift D or control shift. E goes into that kind of more Photoshop style kind of sense of opacity or transparency and allows you to know whether there's white in the background or it's blank. Okay. And let's look at some of these other guys here. Okay, Because it's going to run into a few more problems. I left a gap there on purpose. I've got some overlapping bits. So we want to tidy this up. So we've kind of moved on from live during to kind of just coloring anything and remember these aren't complete shapes, right? These big holes and this guy just kind of overlaps this so slap them all. Okay, let's go shift em for our shape builder tool and get detection is gonna be a little bit more important in this case because you'll find things like if I double click it and I make the gap detection large, can you see it's, it's detected a really large gap over here in the here. It's decided that hey, I can fill that in and if you are watching this whole tutorial series that drove me mad a little bit a little while ago. And anyway, so yeah, you might have to play around with gap detection to work it out for your particular drawing. Okay, so I'm gonna click. Okay, so let's say I want to do this again. I want to color the hair, gonna go to the green color and I'm going to color the face this color and the eyes are going to be this. Okay? But I've got all these extra bits. Okay, the overlap. So what I can do is I can hold down the key on a PC or option can Mac and just click on them. These little bits just get trimmed up. I love this so much. So call her, can you decide on how kind of detail you want to get rid of these bits? I'm just holding old, you can drag across things. Okay, so there's a kind of a pile of junk here. I'm gonna hold down bolt drag across the mall, get rid of all that is not what I wanted, kids getting rid of everything, hold on all time, gonna get rid of these guys. I said you could drag across them, it's not working very well Alright, so I'm gonna work my way through and keep coloring that there's gonna be no difference for this guy. What I'd like you to do now is go through and do it but do some maybe some nicer colors. I picked these colors, they seem like they're gonna be good. I even did a demo before I recorded this one and it looked better. Um Anyway, so remember window color themes. Find some nicer color themes. I want you to fill it, play with gap detection, delete the lines, maybe get rid of the stroke at a cool brush stroke. Yeah, I'd like to see what you've done. So either stick it here as the class project. Okay, There'll be a proper space for it here on the website but also I'd love to see just take a screenshot and send it to me on instagram or in on twitter. Alright, I will see you in the next video