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I have a logo made of text and paths. Everything is blue. I also want an all white version, an all black version, and a version that has one word blue and one grey. The only way I know how to accomplish this is to copy and paste the entire group of objects into another artboard, or copy the file, and then just change the colors. I would have 5 or so versions of the same logo, just different colors.

But then if I tweak one object, I have to recreate that tweak in the other 4.

Is there any way to keep one version of the logo but link it to different color schemes?

Using Illustrator 2017

  • I found a suitable approach via the answer posted above. In short, if you can turn the logo into a Dynamic Symbol, then use the symbol multiple places and change the colors there. If you make changes to the dynamic symbol, it automatically updates the multiple instances of the logo. – Joe Fletcher Mar 30 '17 at 20:20
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Try using color overlays on the layers. Or, if you import the file into photoshop, you can use smart objects/layer comps.

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  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't color overlays done in Photoshop? Or, can you please explain how to do your suggestion in Illustrator only? – Joe Fletcher Mar 29 '17 at 13:37
  • My apologies, overlays are applied in Photoshop. You could try creating a custom 'graphic style' to apply to your logo. The issue lies when you are trying to apply multiple different colors to the same lockup of shapes. If your logo is a solid shape, and you only need to apply one color to it, you should be fine using graphic styles. Hope this helps. – ColinAzeltine Mar 30 '17 at 16:10

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