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I've got following fish object that needs new color:

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If I change color the fish looks weird and all the outlines are gone (until I change stroke coloring).

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    Would you care to mention which software you are using? You may need to ungroup the object, and apply strokes and fills to the individual parts.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 29 '17 at 10:57
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In general... Reduce, refine, simplify.

You often need to either redraw the object, or do some work to simplify the image overall. This is especially true if you are seeking to use a 1 color version of the image. You need to add hard contrast overall to ensure the details are seen in a single color.

I would choose to redraw the overall image using the original as a guide really, but not utilizing it directly.

When redrawing, I'd remove unnecessary detail, and add high-contrast detail where appropriate.

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This reduced the image to a solid single color image which is clear at smaller sizes:

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From there, it's a fairly easy matter to just apply a new color....

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If usage requires even smaller sizes than this, additional attention to increasing the negative spaces may be required. The "gaps" tend to start plugging up around 100px wide.

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That image looks lile is taken from a vector program.

  • Ungroup the objects and asign individual colors to individual objects.

  • Re arrange the order of them if they are mixed.

  • Rapir any open path.

  • Clean the object, for example cut objects onw with another in case "hidding" it behind does not work.

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