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Applying a Single Fill

Whether you're filling paths or text blocks, follow these steps to apply a single fill to an object.

Select the path or characters that you want to fill.

You can use the arrow, direct selection, or type tool. In fact, you can be in the middle of drawing a path with the pen tool and still fill a path. As long as you can see selection handles or highlighted text in the illustration window, you can apply a fill.

If no object is selected, modifying the fill changes the default settings.

Click the Fill icon in the toolbox.

Or, if the Stroke icon is active—overlapping the Fill icon—press the X key. The X key toggles between the two icons.

Select a fill from the Color, Swatches, or Gradient palette.

Or you can press the comma key (,) for the last-used solid color or pattern, or press the period key (.) for the last-used gradient. Press the slash key (/) to be done with all this filling and just have a transparent object. You can also click the corresponding icons in the lower portion of the toolbox, shown in Figure 15.7.

Figure 15.7. The fill-related controls in the toolbox.

As I mentioned in Chapter 14, you can also drag a color from either the Color or Swatches palette onto any object—even if it's not selected—to change the fill color of the object.

Edit the fill in the Color palette as desired.

For example, you can adjust the slider bars to change a process color. Or you can select a color from a gradient and change it. More on gradients coming up.



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