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Lesson 6. Working with Color > Applying colors to objects

Applying colors to objects

There are three general steps to applying a swatch color: (1) selecting the text or object, (2) selecting the stroke or fill in the toolbox, depending on what you want to change, and (3) selecting the color in the Swatches palette. You can also drag swatches from the Swatches palette to objects.

1.
Choose the Selection tool (), and click the path or one of the lines in any one of the diamond shapes at the top right of the page to select it.

Notice that these three objects are grouped, so all are now selected. You will ungroup these objects and lock them in place. Locking objects prevents you from accidentally moving them.

2.
With the group of objects still selected, choose Object > Ungroup and then choose Object > Lock Position.

3.
Deselect the objects. To deselect an object, you can choose Edit > Deselect All, you can click a blank area in your document window, or you can press Shift+Ctrl+A (Windows) or Shift+Command+A (Mac OS).

4.
Choose the Zoom tool () in the toolbox and drag across the three diamonds to draw a marquee around the shapes. The view magnification changes so that the area defined by the marquee now fills the document window. Make sure that you can see all three diamond shapes.

To fine-tune the zoom magnification, you can press Ctrl+= (Windows) or Command+= (Mac OS). To zoom out, you can press Ctrl+- (Windows) or Command+- (Mac OS).


5.
Choose the Selection tool, and click the border of the middle diamond to select it. Select the Stroke box () in the toolbox, and then click Green in the Swatches palette.

The stroke of the diamond shape is now green.

6.
Deselect the object.

7.
Click the border of the left diamond to select it. Select Brown in the Swatches palette to apply a brown stroke.

8.
With the left diamond still selected, select the Fill box () in the toolbox, and then select Green in the Swatches palette (you may need to scroll down the list of swatches).

The right diamond requires the same Brown stroke and Green fill. You’ll use the eyedropper to copy the stroke and fill attributes from the left diamond in one quick step.

9.
Select the Eyedropper tool (), and click the left diamond. Notice that the eyedropper is now filled (), indicating that it picked up the attributes from the clicked object.

10.
With the filled Eyedropper tool, click the gray background of the rightmost diamond. The right diamond takes on the left diamond’s fill and stroke attributes.

Now you’ll change the color of the middle diamond.

11.
Choose the Selection tool, and then deselect the objects.

12.
Using the Selection tool, click the border of the middle diamond to select it. Select the Fill box in the toolbox, and then click [Paper] in the Swatches palette.

[Paper] is a special color that simulates the paper color on which you’re printing. Objects behind a paper-colored object won’t print where the paper-colored object overlaps them. Instead, the color of the paper on which you print shows through.


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