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Smart Objectives: Creating Flexible Artwork for Use in Adobe CS3

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Fast, fun and flexible. That’s the best way to create your artwork. By using Smart Objects and native Photoshop documents placed into InDesign CS3, you’ll earn significant increases in speed and creativity. Adobe Ambassador Mike McHugh shows you how.

7. Change the color of the artwork.

Now, we want to change the color of the original box we created in Illustrator in step 1. Select the placed artwork, and click the Edit Original button. This launches the file in Photoshop.

The original box was placed as a Vector Smart Object. So that we can revert easily, or perhaps even have two different color versions within the same document, we'll duplicate the Vector Smart Object layer.

Select the layer and press Command/Ctrl+J. Double-click the Vector Smart Object copy layer; this will extract this layer and open it in Illustrator. There you can change the color of the box. Using the Appearance panel, select the fill color and make a change using the Color panel (Figure 7).

Figure 7

Figure 7 Back in Illustrator, edit the Vector Smart Object to change its color for another version.

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