Reducing colors in illustrator
Thank you in advance for any help you might have.
I have an original jpeg image of birch trees.
These are the steps I took to make the image below:
- Brought it into AI.
- Made into an object mosaic.
- Made shapes into ellipse paths.
I want to paint the image I have on a canvas- but not with 3046 colors like in the image.
SO- I want to reduce the amount of colors to between 12-16. Then I can mix up that many paint colors and paint the image on a canvas.
However, I can't seem to reduce the color palette in AI down to that many.
Here is what I have tried:
Edit>replace color. This doesn't seem to save the 12 colors I reduce it down to when I go back to the image. It retains all the gradiations/tints. Even when I select "Exact" colors.
Imported AI into PS. Mode> Index color to 12. That doesn't work, because the colors come back again for some reason.
I'm wondering if I have to resolve to selecting the colors and then changing them one by one? Really, it can't be that that's my only option.
In addition, I have tried: Select>Similar>fill too and only 1 or 2 circles will be selected as there are so many gradations.
Any thoughts please?
One suggestion is to go to: Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork
This will allow you to assign a number of colours of choice to your layers. Worth experimenting with.