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Chapter 9. Fill & Stroke > Mixing and applying colors

Mixing and applying colors

Fills and strokes

The flat color, pattern, or gradient that's applied to the inside of a closed or open shape is called the fill. The color or brush stroke that's applied to the edge of a closed or open path is called the stroke. A stroke can be solid or dashed, and it can have an applied brush stroke, but not a gradient.

Colors and patterns can be applied using the Color or Swatches palette, buttons on the Toolbox, or the Paint Bucket tool. The Stroke palette is also used to apply characteristics such as stroke thickness (weight) and style (dashed or solid). The color attributes of a selected object are displayed on the Toolbox and the Color and Appearance palettes. The current fill and stroke colors are automatically applied to any new object you create. You can store any color, pattern, or gradient on the Swatches palette for later use.


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