Adobe reveals Recolor for Illustrator - change an illustration instantly with real-world tones

As revealed at OFFF Barcelona, Adobe's new tool for Illustrator lets you extract colours from a photo and recolour your vectors instantly.

Ever fallen in love with a colour and taken a photo of it as inspiration for your work? Applying that colour to a vector illustration can be a challenge, but not for much longer thanks to some exciting new work being pioneered by the team at Adobe.

During a live keynote at OFFF, the Barcelona creative conference, Adobe unveiled an Illustrator Sneak that will change the way colour can be applied to Illustrator graphics.

The Recolor Sneak - which you can find out more about here  - allows users to import a photo into their Illustrator library, from which they can then extract a colour to completely change the look of a vector piece.

Coming soon to Illustrator, the tool recolours all the colour fills at once, allowing the user to explore endless colour variations in their designs. Check out the video below to see how rich colour photographs of Spanish tiles from around Barcelona are applied to a vector illustration via the new tool.

As the video shows, Illustrator will analyse the images imported into your library in order to extract the colour palettes. If there’s a specific palette that you want to try, simply select the image to easily apply the colour - all fill colours in your piece will update simultaneously. You can then go in and make fine-tuned adjustments.

As seen in the video, the final results are beautiful, rich variations of artwork based on real-life colour palettes – and all achieved seamlessly in Adobe Illustrator. The possibilities are limitless, giving you countless ways to make your work shine. After all, harnessing the right colours is just as important as the actual artwork itself.

Find out more on the Adobe blog.

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