Easily Apply Shades of Color

Shades of ColorUsing shades of color are essential when I create glossy buttons and icons. In the Glossy Buttons and Web 2.0 Stickers tutorials, I used Cyan because it was easy to enter a percentage of Cyan, giving me quick shades. What if you need lighter and darker shades of a mixed color? An easy way is to hold down the Shift Key when you are dragging the sliders in the Color Panel!

Hold Shift to Change Shades

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21 thoughts on “Easily Apply Shades of Color

  1. Great little tip, the web needs more of this. Most of the ones I usually find are quite involved and complex tutorials whereas its refreshing to get such quick,short yet extremely useful tips! keep it up :)

  2. Mattl,
    I’m glad you like the tips! That is what always helped me out in a site, just some good tips to help out productivity. The long tutorials help out creating something exactly as you see it, but might not help in the long run. So I try to teach techniques to create styles, like the glossy tutorials I have. The goal is that you can apply these techniques in other places, not just create a tons of glossy buttons forever.

  3. I’ve been using Illustrator since the first version, but this was news to me! Oh, the time I could have saved!

  4. oh man, thanks so much! I consider myself versed in illustrator, but this one flew under my radar. Its nice to see someone doing tutorials on these sort of insider tips.

  5. This will make 2 major tips I’ve seen so far that I had no idea were even options. I’m sure there are many more as I keep perusing. Great time savers. Thanks for these.

  6. Hi Ryan,

    I am a little confused here. The alternative to this shift+drag functionality is using the HSB color panel right? Or choosing it makes the color scheme different?

    Thanks.

  7. Great tip! Is there any way to adjust a colour by a set percentage like you can with the opacity of a colour? I’m working to a set of guidelines which requires use of a set colour knocked back to 60% shade. Anyone?

  8. I always thought that it is a pain in the ass to find shades that work together… but not any more.
    Honestly, this is the “easiest” tutorial ever posted, yet a lifesaver!
    Thank’s

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