I have an Illustrator document with a lot of objects. All the objects are black, same swatch.
I have a swatch group with a few dozen coloured swatches. I wish to apply these swatches to all the many black objects. It doesn’t have to be in any particular order, but each object should be coloured individually—I don’t just want to change black into some other colour, but to dozens of other colours. What I really want to avoid is having to select each object individually and then applying a different swatch to each.
I’ve never quite managed to get my head properly around the Recolor Artwork feature in Illustrator, and I cannot for the life of me get it to do anything like this. The “New” box in the Recolor Artwork dialogue box appears to accept only one colour.
Is there some way to do this using the Recolor Artwork feature? Or using some other feature that I’m not aware of? Bonus points if there’s a way to control the order in which the colours are applied; e.g., specifying an order and then click on each object in turn to apply each swatch being ‘iterated’ through in that order.
(I would prefer to avoid having to script it, but I will if there’s no other way.)