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You are probably already aware of how to add a simple fill to an object inside of Illustrator. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to expand upon that, and actually add more than one fill, and I'll also give you a real world example of how you can utilize this in your work. I'm going to be targeting the background object in this document. The background objects is this big path in the background, which has a gradient applied to it. I want to take this gradient object, and I want to add some texture to it, but in order to do that, I have to be able to add another fill to it. Now, you may be thinking that I could just duplicate this object, fill the duplicate with something, and then use a Blend mode, or maybe even reduce the opacity, but that's a lot of work.
In this case, I'm going to save you a lot of steps by simply allowing you to create a new fill on top of this existing fill, and we're going to do that by utilizing the Appearance panel. So I'll bring out the Appearance panel first, just so we have that out, and ready to use. I'm then going to focus on what type of fill I want to put into the background. In this case, I want to use a pattern fill, so I need to find a pattern that I can use. First thing I'm going to do is go down here to the library icon inside of the Swatches panel. Inside of that library, I'm going to go down to Patterns, I'm going to find Basic Graphics, and I'm going to find textures.
Once I've got the textures open, I want to make sure that I deselect the object in the background, simply because if I clicked on these, it'd automatically add them to the object that I'm working on. I'm going to find one of the patterns that I think I might like, and in this case, it's going to be the Concentric Circles. I'm going to take this, and I'm just going to click it to add it to my Swatches library over here on the right. Then I can close this; I don't need it anymore. Now let's go ahead and target the background. Once I have the background targeted, I'm going to come to the Appearance panel, and I'm going to select the fill.
Once I have that fill selected, I'm going to come down here, and I'm going to click Add a New Fill. That automatically duplicates the current fill that I have, but I can drop this down right here, and it brings up my full swatches panel. Then I can come here, and I can select the Concentric Circles pattern. As you can see, it adds a nice textured look to the background, however, it's a little bit too dark for me, so I might want to lighten it up a little bit. Now, I could edit the pattern swatch, or I could simply stay inside of the Appearance panel, open up this second fill, and click the Opacity link.
Inside of the opacity panel, I take the Opacity down to something like maybe 50%. When I do that, and click away, you'll see that I've effectively added some texture to the background, without having to add any extra objects to my artwork. I now have two separate fills, which live on this one single object; pretty neat. And I can do this as many times as I want. You can add multiple fills, and multiple strokes to any object inside of Illustrator. And in the next movie, I'll show you just how to work with multiple strokes as well.
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