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Global Color Replacement in Adobe Illustrator

Working with the magic wand tool
Selecting fill and stroke
For the second phase of this process, I want to change the innermost wreath of yellow in my cat's-eye design. What makes this mildly tricky is that I have multiple yellow objects in my illustration, and I don't want to change them all--just the ones that form the innermost ring.

Fortunately, the yellow objects in the center of my illustration have a stroke color that's different from the other yellow objects in the overall design. The stroke is, in fact, red, while the other yellow objects have a black stroke.

Here's how this will work.

1. Once again, select the Magic Wand tool.

2. Once again, go to the Magic Wand palette. If it's not open, double-click the Magic Wand tool in the Tools palette to open it up.

3. This time, instead of just selecting by fill, I also want to select by stroke. Up in the top right of the Magic Wand palette, you'll see a flyaway menu. Click this, and choose "Show Stroke Options" from the menu. (You might as well also choose "Show Transparency Options, if you need to. We won't be using those in this case though.) When you choose the "Show Stroke Options" command, you'll see more parameters become available in the Magic Wand palette.

4. I will click the "Stroke Color" checkbox to activate this option.

5. Now when I use the magic wand tool, I will click on one of the inner yellow objects in my design. Because I have both stroke and fill selected in the Magic Wand palette, it will select only and all objects in my document that share both of those characteristics.

6. Then, just as before, I can go in and make any modifications to these objects simultaneously that I want to make. In this case, I want to change both the fill and stroke to a deep purple. So I'll do that in the Color palette, just as before, but this time also changing the stroke color.

And you can see from what we've done here that it's possible to use the Magic Wand to select similar objects based on other characteristics as well, such as stroke weight, opacity and blending mode. The process for these is identical to what we've already seen: Check the properties you want Illustrator to consider when making a selection, and then click on one of the objects you want to select. All similar objects will also be selected.

A couple extra tips:

? If you make a selection and want to add more objects to the selection via the Magic Wand tool, hold down the Shift key before making another selection. Those objects will be added to the current selection.

? You can also subtract from the current selection by holding down the Option key (Mac) or Alt key (Windows) and clicking on a currently selected object. All similar objects will be deselected.

That's it for now. If you have any further questions, be sure to visit me at the Adobe Illustrator forum in DMN Forums by clicking here.

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