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Working with fills

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Video: Working with fills

Now that we understand the differences between fills and strokes, we're ready to start applying that knowledge here in a real world application. Let's say, for instance, that an artist has sent me a rendering of my mascot or logo like you see here. They've sent me a rendering of it, but it's basically a wireframe and I need to apply fills to this object based on colors that I choose in order to make it come to life. So I'm working on this fills_start document, and if I hop over here to the fills_finish document, you'll see exactly what I'm trying to create. I'm going to be coloring in the bear just like this.

Working with fills

Now that we understand the differences between fills and strokes, we're ready to start applying that knowledge here in a real world application. Let's say, for instance, that an artist has sent me a rendering of my mascot or logo like you see here. They've sent me a rendering of it, but it's basically a wireframe and I need to apply fills to this object based on colors that I choose in order to make it come to life. So I'm working on this fills_start document, and if I hop over here to the fills_finish document, you'll see exactly what I'm trying to create. I'm going to be coloring in the bear just like this.

Essentially what you're thinking of here is just like a coloring book when you were a child. You're going in and you're just staying within the lines and filling it with the colors that you want. The first thing you have to do before you start applying fills is you actually have to have an object selected in order to apply fills to it. So I'm going to select this earpiece, for instance. The first thing I'm going to do is turn off the stroke. If you notice in the finish document, I don't have any strokes. I use differences in color to let you see exactly where certain pieces of the bear start and stop.

So I'll go back over here, I've got the ear selected, and with the stroke active, I'll go ahead and click None to make sure there's no stroke. I then have to make the fill active and I'll come over to my Swatches panel and I'm going to find a fill. And in this case, I'll fill it with this kind of medium cyan, just like so. After I do that, I can click away to see the results. Now I'll come right here and I'll fill this inner earpiece. Again I'm going to turn off the stroke, select the fill, and this time it needs to be sort of a lighter blue.

So I'll pick this one here and fill it. These can be any colors you want though. I encourage you to get creative with this. If you want to have a pink bear, go ahead and make him pink. This is totally up to you. I'm simply making it blue because I'm following the finished pattern. Now let's color in the hat. I'll select both of these objects here just by clicking and dragging across them and I'm actually just going to make one single change here. You'll notice that I have no fill but I have a black stroke. Watch what happens when I hit this little toggle switch here. It automatically switches the fill and the stroke.

So now there's no stroke and I have a black fill, and that's exactly what I wanted. I wanted the hat filled with that black color. Click away from it to deselect it. I'll then select both of the eyes, holding down Shift to select both, and I'll do the same thing, swap them so that they're both black, and I'll select the inner eye and I'm actually going to take off the stroke and fill it with white just like that. Now I can actually fill the nose, the mouth, and the goatee all at one time.

So I'll take these, click on one, hold down Shift, click the other, and the other. Then we'll reverse the fill and stroke, instantly changes over. As you can see, we're getting pretty close to our finished product. Let's switch back over and continue working. I'm going to color in the face now, so I'll select the entire face, this big circle, take off the stroke, select the fill, and I'll pick this darker cyan color. Now I'm ready to work on the other ear. I'll select the inner ear first, no stroke, go to the fill, fill it with the lighter blue.

Once I filled it with the lighter blue you're going to notice that a problem actually happens. I filled the entire ear with one color and that happened because I didn't actually have these objects ungrouped. So if you have objects that are grouped together and you pick a color from the Swatches panel, it automatically adds that color to both objects. So what's the way around it? Well you can always ungroup by using Shift+Command+G on your keyboard and then reapplying the color. In this case though, I'm going to hit Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on my keyboard or Edit > Undo, and then I'm simply going to double-click on the path.

That's going to allow me to jump into isolation mode. Isolation mode, if you remember, makes sure that you don't actually ungroup the objects, but allows you to get to them individually. So I'll select this small circle and I'll fill it with the lighter blue, and I'll select the big circle and I'll fill it with the darker blue. When I double-click the canvas, it jumps me back out and my bear is ready to go. The final piece of the puzzle here is going to be right here, the mouth area. So I'll take off the stroke and I'll fill it with a really light blue.

Once I do that, I'll click away and let's look at the start file versus the finish file. As you can see, I've actually inverted the colors on mine, but I think it looks better, the lighter blue versus the dark. So my finished product here, I think, looks better than the original, but it's up to you. Remember, when you're applying fills and strokes, the possibilities are endless and it's always a personal choice. So take your time, practice a little bit with this, and you'll be well on your way to filling your artwork with great color.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 70809 viewers

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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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