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How do I recolor PNG in Illustrator?

Last updated on November 17, 2022 @ 2:13 pm

Recoloring PNGs in Illustrator is a fairly easy process. First, open the PNG file in Illustrator and select the “Colors” tab. From here, you can select the colors you want to use for your new image. Once you have selected the colors, click on the “Create New Color Stop” button and choose the “Hex” option.

This will create a new color stop in the Illustrator file and you can now fill in the new color values. Be sure to click on the “Convert To” button to save your changes.

Using Hex codes in Adobe Illustrator

How Powerful is Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. It has been in development since 1986 when it was created by John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who had been inspired by Apple’s earlier Macintosh computer.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor. In other words, it allows users to create complex and precise artwork with the aid of an image composed of many points, which are connected by lines and curves. Users can manipulate these points and lines to create various shapes, such as squares, circles, or any other shape imaginable. With the help of Illustrator’s tools and features, users can also add text or images to their artwork.

It is a powerful tool that has been used by many and is a part of many creative fields, ranging from publishing to graphic design.

What is a .PNG File?

A .PNG file is a bitmap image format that supports lossless data compression. This means that the quality of the image is not compromised when it’s compressed. The PNG file format was created to improve upon and replace the older .GIF format, which employs a lossy compression algorithm.

One of the most common uses for PNG files is on the internet, where they are used to display pictures in web browsers. They can also be used as icons on mobile devices and for other graphics purposes like logos, textures, and backgrounds.

How to Open a .PNG File in Illustrator?

A PNG file is a type of image file that supports lossless data compression, so it can be used to store images with transparent backgrounds. To open a PNG file in Illustrator, you need first to download and install the free trial version of Adobe Illustrator.

To download, sign in here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/join. Then search for the Creative Cloud application on your computer and install it. You can use them to draw graphics with a transparent background.

Importance of colors in Digital graphics

Images in digital form use a wide variety of colors.

In digital graphics, the colors you can see work with are described by color models. Many different systems have been developed to describe and organize colors; some of the most common are red-green-blue (RGB), cyan-magenta-yellow (CMY), and hexadecimal (HSB). Mathematical representations of the color spectrum are used in color models.

working with colors in adobe illustrator

Color spaces are subsets of color models that are defined by the range of colors they can represent. Adobe® RGB, sRGB, and Apple® RGB are just a few color spaces that are based on the RGB color model. These color spaces all use the same three coordinates (R, G, and B) to define hue, saturation, and lightness, but their color gamuts differ.

Your workflow may involve multiple devices, such as a computer monitor and a printer, both of which have their own color spaces and gamuts. Your computer monitor probably has a wider color range than your inkjet printer and vice versa.

To be outside of a device’s color space means that the color cannot be generated by the device. Color is “out of gamut,” or not properly represented.

Because different devices have different ways of interpreting RGB and CMYK values, image colors may shift when shared between devices. A desktop printer, for instance, cannot perfectly replicate the full range of colors seen on a computer screen.

The CMYK color space is used by printers, while the RGB color space is used by monitors. The ranges that each operates in are unique. Although monitors can display a wide range of colors, not all of those colors can be replicated and use inks on paper.

You may wish to employ a color-management system (CMS) to keep colors consistent and under control as you move documents around devices in your color workflow.

Adobe InDesign vs. Adobe Illustrator: Color comparison

Using named colors in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator is done in slightly different ways. In Illustrator, you can set a named color to be global or nonglobal, while in InDesign, unnamed colors are treated as nonglobal process colors.

Swatches in InDesign are equivalent to global colors in other programs. Swatches simplify the process of changing color combinations without having to modify each object individually. This is especially helpful in mass-produced publications with strict style guidelines, such as magazines. When you make a change to a color swatch in InDesign’s Swatches panel, that change propagates to all instances of that color throughout your document.

In InDesign, unnamed colors stand in for nonglobal swatches. When a color is changed in the Color panel, it does not immediately reflect in the rest of the document, and the Swatches panel does not show it if it is unnamed. However, you can give an unnamed color home in the Swatches panel at a later time.

The naming or renaming of color only affects how that color updates within your document; it has no bearing on how colors are handled when copied or moved to another program.

PRO TIP: If you are not familiar with the process of recoloring PNGs in Illustrator, it is best to avoid attempting it. Incorrectly recoloring a PNG can result in distorted or blurred images.


The more you experiment with your images while working in the Illustrator tool, the more editing skills you’ll pick up along the way. You will become more familiar with the application as you proceed to experiment with its various options, and as a result, you will be able to do more with these photographs than simply modify their colors.

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