I have a Sun vector that is MANY shades of Orange and Yellow. I would like to make the orange swirl in the middle shades of yellow instead. When I lasso the middle and go to edit colors, there are about 50-60 color bars of orange. Is there a way to select multiple orange bars and select a yellow for all selected? Am I going about this the completely wrong way? I have noticed with watercolor vectors there are SO many little objects, its just impossible to change colors using the layer paths without having a ton of objects to alter.
A - Use the magic wand tool to select the desired color; Press Enter to show its options and play with the tolerance values.
B - Open the recolor artwork panel and click the Edit button.
C - Check: Link harmnony color. This will lock all color positions.
D - Drag any color circle to change it and all the other colors, respecting their positions. You can also drag the Hue, Saturation and Brightness slider.
I think tinkering with hundreds of small objects who nobody knows personally, is a little ineffective method.
If you haven't it as a high resolution raster image, make one. Copy it to photoshop where you have prepared say 1500 x 1500 pixels empty image and paste it on as pixels.
In photoshop you easily with the quick selection tool select the wrong colored rings and recolor them:
(sorry for my bad quality screenshot)
Then you copy and paste it back to illustrator and live trace it again say, to 100 colors.