Application of Color in Adobe CS5 Illustrator - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Creative Studio 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator objects are created from fills (the inside) and strokes (border or path). Look at the bottom of the Tools panel for the Fill and Stroke color boxes. If you’re applying color to the fill, the Fill color box must be forward in the Tools panel. If you’re applying color to the stroke, the Stroke color box must be forward.

Color Keyboard Shortcuts
Function Keyboard Shortcut
Switch the Fill or Stroke color box
Inverse the Fill and the Stroke color boxes Shift+X
Default (black stroke, white fill) D
None /
Last color used <
Last gradient used >
Color Picker Double-click the Fill or Stroke color box

Try this trick: Drag a color from the Swatches panel to the Fill or Stroke color box. This action applies the color to the color box that you dragged to. It doesn’t matter which is forward!

To apply a fill color to an existing shape, drag the swatch directly to the shape. Select a swatch, hold down Alt+Shift+Ctrl (Windows) or Option+Shift+Command (Mac), and drag a color to a shape to apply that color to the stroke.