How to change saturation and brightness in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a graphics editing software used to create, edit and manipulate vector graphics. It is currently in its 17th version, Adobe Illustrator CC. The user can control and adjust the created image's colour, saturation and brightness levels or select a specific area of that image to edit to achieve the desired look. Adjusting the saturation of the image will affect the overall tone of the composition. For a glossy, modern look the saturation will be increased, making the colour appear vibrant. For a faded and worn look, the user will need to lower the saturation level. The saturation also effects the brightness of the image.

Adjusting Saturation

Use the selection tool, which can be found on the left of the screen and is a box with an arrow similar to that of the mouse arrow, to select or highlight the area/object you wish to change. This can also be selected by pressing the 'v' key.

Click Edit from the bar on the top left side of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, move the mouse over Edit Colours.

Select Saturation from the list. It's at the bottom of the next pop out menu.

Adjust the percentage level to the desired degree of saturation. If you move the percentage down, you will desaturate the image. Push the percentage up and the saturation will increase.

Adjusting Brightness

Click Edit and move the mouse to Edit Colours.

Select Recolour Artwork from the menu.

Move the slider marked 'B' up or down to adjust the level of brightness.

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