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How to adjust color balance for illustrator pattern fill swatches

The pattern swatches / fills can be re-colored in a number of ways. you can use the powerful adjust color balance feature in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015CS6 CS5 etc. The adjust color balance command can be found in the edit menu

Adjust color balance for pattern

adjust color balance and Illustrator swatches
  1. Select path (for pattern fill)

  2. Apply pattern swatch by using the swatches panel

  3. Go to the edit menu

  4. Edit colors

  5. Adjust color balance

  6. Change the red / green / blue etc for the fill / stroke

Adjust color for pattern swatch into grayscale

adjust color balance and grayscaleIf you have a selected path and colorful swatch, you may wish to turn the artwork into a black and white (grayscale) vector pattern then you can use the convert command

  1. Select path and colorful swatch

  2. Edit menu and edit colors and adjust color balance command

  3. Select the convert check

  4. Set to grayscale (if available)

  5. Change the black setting to left or right (left for lightness)

You can turn any colorful pattern swatch such as an arrow pattern swatch into a grayscale design

Turn the pattern color into a red design using the adjust color balance

adjust color balance to rightYou can take any colorful pattern into a red design (or a green design or blue design etc). You can do this by using the adjust color balance.

  1. Select the path / swatch

  2. Go to the edit menu and edit colors and adjust color balance

  3. Select the preview on

  4. Go to the red slider

  5. Slide to the red to the extreme right

The pattern swatch is modified in the path as well as in the key swatch panel. It is not changed in the original library unless you edit the actual original source AI document.

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If you wish to change the pattern swatch to green, just slide the slider for the green to the right. If you wish to change the pattern swatch to more blue swatch then change the blue slider to the right. You can also tweak the color in many other ways by moving the slider for the green to the left and the red slider to the right to create a more purple look with the patten swatch

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