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Applying Color

You can actually apply color to your objects in Illustrator in a variety of ways. Select an object and, in the Toolbox, click either the Fill or the Stroke swatch to make it active. Then click the desired color in the Color palette or the Swatches palette.

Tip

To return the Fill and Stroke swatches to their default values of white and black (respectively), press D on the keyboard. To swap the current values of the fill and stroke, press Shift+X. You can also accomplish these two tasks by using the buttons to the lower left and upper right of the Fill and Stroke swatches in the Toolbox. To change which is active (foremost) of the fill and stroke, press X.

Immediately below the Fill and Stroke swatches are three buttons. The leftmost makes the fill or stroke (whichever is foremost) the last selected color. The center makes the fill the last selected gradient. (If the Stroke swatch is foremost, it is moved to the back. Strokes cannot have a gradient as a value.) The button to the right gives the active swatch a value of “None.”



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