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Chapter 4. WORKING WITH OBJECTS > Creating Fill Effects

Creating Fill Effects

Fills are the effects applied inside frames.

To apply a fill to an object:

1.
Select an object.

2.
Click the Fill icon in the Toolbox or Color palette .

Figure 4.55. The Fill icon in the Toolbox and Color palettes.


3.
To apply a color fill, click the color in the Color or Swatches palette. (For more information on the Color and Swatches palettes, see Chapter 6, "Working in Color.")

You can also apply a fill of None to an object. This makes the background of the object transparent .

Figure 4.56. The difference between a text frame with a fill of None and a white fill.


To apply a fill of None:

1.
Select the object.

2.
Click the None icon in the Toolbox or Color palette .

Figure 4.57. The None icon in the Toolbox and Color palette.


A compound path is an effect applied to two paths that makes the inside path transparent while the outside path is solid .

Figure 4.58. The compound path command allows the text to be seen through the hole in the ellipse.


To create a compound path:

1.
Select two paths.

2.
Choose Object >Compound Paths > Make.

Tip

If the second object is not completely contained inside the first, the hole will appear where the objects overlap.


Tip

Compound paths must contain the same fill and stroke effects.


You can release a compound path to restore the inside path to a solid color.

To release a compound path:

1.
Select compound path.

2.
Choose Object >Compound Paths > Release.

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