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Part: Four Color and Effects > Fills, Multi-Fills, and Fab Fills

Chapter 15. Fills, Multi-Fills, and Fab Fills

Though it may not sound like much, a fill is one of Illustrator's most essential capabilities. A fill is the inner soul of an object. (Strokes, which I cover in the next chapter, are the outer soul.) Not only can you fill an object, but you can also create multiple fills for an object. (Multiple souls?) Multi-fills allow you to create effects that automatically simulate the look of multiple objects—sort of multiple personalities for single objects. Illustrator also lets you fill objects with special fills that blend one color to another or repeat a pattern over and over.

If push came to shove, you could live without strokes. You could draw thin shapes and fill them. In fact, I do know artists who barely use strokes. But there's no getting around a fill—it enables you to design complex illustrations, create shadows and highlights, or simply add color to a document. Fill is the skin wrapped around the skeleton of a path, the airbrushing inside the frisket, the drywall over the studs. Fill permits you to show viewers exactly what you want them to see.


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