Applying Color to the Fill and Stroke






Applying Color to the Fill and Stroke

Illustrator objects are created from fills (the inside) and strokes (border or path). Look at the bottom of the toolbox for the Fill and Stroke color boxes. If you’re applying color to the fill, the Fill color box must be forward in the toolbox. If you’re applying color to the stroke, the Stroke color box must be forward.

In Figure are some keyboard shortcuts that can be a tremendous help to you when applying colors to fills and strokes.

Figure: Color Keyboard Shortcuts

Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Switch the Fill or Stroke color box position

X

Inverse the Fill and the Stroke color boxes

Shift+X

Default (black stroke, white fill)

D

None

/

Last color used

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Last gradient used

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Color Picker

Double-click the Fill or Stroke color box

TipĀ 

Try this trick — drag a color from the Swatches palette to the Fill or Stroke color box. This action applies the color to the color box that you dragged to. It doesn’t matter which is forward!

To apply a fill color to an existing shape, drag the swatch directly to the shape. Select a swatch, hold down Alt+Shift+Ctrl (Windows) or Option+Shift+z (Mac), and drag a color to a shape to apply that color to the stroke.



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