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How to Change Colors of a Toon Character in 3 Easy Steps

 

How to Change Colors of a Toon Character in 3 Easy Steps

Changing colors of our Toon Characters is as easy as pie. You can change the whole look and feel in just a few simple steps. All you need is an editable (Ai) source file that comes with our ultimate pack and Adobe Illustrator software. In this short tutorial we will use the “Smiling Superhero Cartoon Character”.

1. Open the vector file with Adobe Illustrator.

Once you open the “Smiling_Superhero_1_20.ai” file, poses from 1 to 20 will be displayed in separate artboards.

2. Open the “Symbols” panel.

Our Toon Characters are symbol based. If you don’t know what a symbol in Adobe Illustrator is, and you are not sure how to use it, take a quick look at our article “How to Use a Symbol Library in Adobe Illustrator

3. Change colors of separate elements.

Choose an element that needs a color change from the “Symbols” panel and double click to load “Symbol Editing Mode”.

Double click on the symbol to load symbol editing mode

Double click on the symbol to load symbol editing mode

Now we need to locate the base color element from the “Layers” panel. Usually, this layer is positioned at the bottom of its group and all effects are above it.

Find the base color layer

Find the base color layer

Just pick a color from the “Swatches” panel. Make sure that the “Fill” option with solid color is selected from the “Appearance” panel.

Choose a color from the Swatches panel.

Choose a color from the Swatches panel.

We are done, just click the “Esc” key to exit “Symbol Editing Mode” and the color changes will be applied to all poses.

Exit Symbol Editing Mode

Exit Symbol Editing Mode

Repeat the same techniques on the rest of the body elements to customize all colors to suit your own taste. Impressive results can be produced in minutes, with a little practice.

Customize all colors in Adobe Illustrator

Customize all colors in Adobe Illustrator

Here’s a short video that will give you a clear idea how to change colors in our ultimate packs:

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  • LeonardoNews

    We’ve tried with the “Student doctor” character, but it doesn’t seem to work (AI CS6) :( Can you help us? TX

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  • crooksy88

    I found that a quicker way to change the blue colour is to:

    1. Open a character .ai file and Select All.

    2. Edit > Edit Colours > Recolor Artwork.

    3. You will see 3 blue colours that you can remap.

    Click the small ‘New’ swatch for each of the blue colours and change them to your desired colour.

    4. Click OK. Done ;)

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    • http://freepsdfiles.net/ Free PSD Files

      Thank you for sharing that with us.

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