In our collections, all colors in the palettes are global (Figure 1.1) – changing them in the palette changes them in all their occurrences throughout the file, including in the existing pattern swatches and brushes.
To change a color swatch:
The color will be updated in all its occurances throughout the file.
To change the color of a single object instead of changing it globally:
The selected object's color is now updated. (Figure 2.6)
Contours in our vector graphics sets are typically stroke-based and you can change the weight, alignment and profile of each element's stroke individually or by layer.
To edit the stroke of an object:
Your stroke has now been edited.
Note: Stroke change does NOT affect the already existing pattern swatches and brushes. For a pattern swatch or a brush that contains the new stroke values you need to create a new one.
Some of our graphics come with visually doubled stroke. It can be modified via the Appearance panel. To do that:
Our borders, provided as Illustrator brushes, allow modifying the border alignment across the stroke. This is controlled by the bounding box.
The bounding box is a rectangle with no fill and no stroke that is placed beneath all other border elements. The horizontal axis drawn across its center point determines the position of the stroke that the brush is applied on.
On Figure 5 you can see some basic positioning of the bounding box (the red contour on Figure 5.2) and its reflection on the brush that is applied to one and the same object (Figure 5.1).
To change your border alignment:
Your border alignment is now changed in your border tile. To use the modified border you need to create a new brush (see tutorial).
The visible boundary of a border or pattern tile is typically set by a clipping mask, to ensure that all the elements edges are properly cut out. A clipping mask is defined by a rectangle with no fill and no stroke that is placed above all border tile elements ( the "clip" rectangle in our collections).
The clipping mask can be turned on and off by turning the visibility of the "clip" rectangle on or off.
To release the current clipping mask:
The clipping mask is now released and any clipped geometry becomes visible.
After releasing the clipping mask and modifying your tile geometry, in order to use your new border or pattern, you need to reactivate the clipping mask and create the pattern swatch or border brush anew.
To make a clipping mask:
The border or pattern tile is now clipped within the clipping rectangle. The creation of a new brush or pattern tile is specified in separate tutorials.
Note: Layers get reordered by the clipping mask which may lead to your border or pattern being rendered incorrectly. To avoid that, keep your entire geometry organized via groups and not via layers and sublayers.
Make sure the bounding box is always beneath all other objects and the clipping rectangle is always placed above all other border tile elements, with no fill and no stroke assigned.
If your tile renders with gaps, go back, check the clipping rectangle position (it should be snapped to the guides) and create the brush or pattern swatch anew.