Changing Art Color and Background with Illustrator

When you have a file that is supposed to be white on black, but was sent black on white, changing the color is super simple.

illustrator Once you have your file open, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center. Then hit Alt and + on PC or ⌘ and + on a mac to zoom in.

The easiest way to change a color is select it with the Magic Wand Tool. Magic Wand Select the Magic Wand and click on the color you would like to target.

Magic Wand
Select the Magic Wand and click on the color you would like to target.

The pink is to print white but was recieved pink so that you could see it on a white background. For a better visual reference we will make the background black, and pink white.

Before changing your image, first create a New Layer below your artwork, and draw a Black Box as a Background.

Background Box
Create a New Layer below your artwork, and draw a Black Box as a Background.

Now you can Lock your New Layer, and Magic Wand Magic Wand the color you would like to change. In your Color Window double click on the color which brings up a Color Picker Window where you can change the color with the silder.

Color Picker Change
Create a New Layer below your artwork, and draw a Black Box as a Background.

Change to Pantone Color

If you would like to change the color to a Pantone you have to bring up the Pantone Swatch Book. Navigate to Window < Swatch Libraries < Color Books < PANTONE+ Solid Coated.

Pantone Swatch Book
Navigate to Window < Swatch Libraries < Color Books < PANTONE+ Solid Coated

Once you have this open, you can Magic Wand the color you would like to change, and simply search the Pantone you would like to change to, and then Click on the Swatch to Change the Color.

Pantone Color Change
Click on the Swatch to Change the color.

Changing the Background in Photoshop

Changing colors in photoshop can be an advanced lesson, but the background is a snap.

photoshop Once you have your file open in Photoshop, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center.

With either the Background Layer selected, or Create a New Layer under your art. You can then Double Click on your Foreground Color which will open a Color Picker where you can pick the Background Color you would like to use.

Photoshop Background Change
Double Click on your Foreground Color which will open a Color Picker

Then with the color you would like to make the background you can Fill the layer by pressing ALT + Delete or using the Paint Bucket Tool and Clicking on an Empty Space to fill the color.

Paint Bucket Background
Fill the layer by pressing ALT + Delete or using the Paint Bucket Tool and Clicking on an Empty Space

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