Fill vs Stroke
How to toggle between fill and stroke and how to change the settings for each.
When to use
When you want to add a fill or a stroke color to any of your text, shapes, or objects in Adobe Illustrator.
- Begin by opening the 'Fill vs Stroke - Exercise.ai' file.
- Select your Ellipse Tool by pressing 'L' on the keyboard or by clicking and holding your cursor over the Shape Tool icon in the toolbar.
- Hold down the Shift Key and click and drag out a circle on your canvas.
- Press 'D' on the keyboard to fill your circle with the default colors - a white fill with a black stroke.
- Double click on the fill color and use the color slider dialog box to choose a fill color.
- Press the 'X' key to toggle and switch over to your stroke color.
- Select the Color Panel from the right side of the Illustrator interface and use this slider to pick out a stroke color.
- Press Shift + X on the keyboard to toggle back and forth so that your fill and stroke colors are swapped.
Hints & tips
- In addition to using the Color Panel or double clicking and using the color slider to choose a color, you can also use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to sample colors from other elements in your design.
- You can copy and paste hex values if you want to use the same color for another shape or element.
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