How to Fill a Shape in Illustrator

If you want to know how to fill a shape in Illustrator, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you a few different methods for filling shapes, including using the fill tool, the shape builder tool, and more.

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There are a few ways to fill a shape in Illustrator. The easiest way is to use the “Paint Bucket” tool, which can be found in the ” Tools” palette. To use this method, simply click on the “Paint Bucket” tool and then click on the area that you want to fill. The ” Paint Bucket” tool will automatically fill the entire shape with color.

If you want more control over how the shape is filled, you can use the “Gradient” or “Pattern” tools. These tools can be found in the “Tools” palette as well. To use either of these methods, first select the shape that you want to fill. Then, click on either the “Gradient” or “Pattern” tool and drag it across the shape. This will create a gradient or pattern fill within the selected shape.

Step 1: Choose the Shape Tool

The first step to filling a shape with a color or gradient is to select the desired shape. For this example, we will use the Rectangle (circled in red below). To select the Rectangle Tool, click and hold on the Rectangle tool in the main toolbar until a fly-out menu appears, then release the mouse button. You can also simply press the letter M on your keyboard to select the Rectangle Tool.

Step 2: Select the Shape

Using the Selection tool (), click on the shape to select it. If you accidentally select another object, simply click away from the object to deselect it. You can also click on the edge of the shape while holding down the Shift key to select multiple shapes.

Step 3: Choose the Fill Color

Now that you have your shape selected, it’s time to choose the fill color. You can do this by clicking on the “Fill” color swatch in the toolbar.

This will open up the Color Picker, where you can choose any color you’d like. Once you have your color chosen, simply click “OK” to apply it to your shape.

Step 4: Apply the Fill

In this short tutorial we’re going to show you how to fill a shape in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be using the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a simple shape, and then we’ll apply a fill color to it. Finally, we’ll learn how to add a gradient fill, and how to change the transparency of the fill.

Let’s get started!

Step 5: Adjust the Opacity

If your gradient is too light or dark, you can adjust the opacity of the entire layer by selecting the layer and going to `Layer > Layer Opacity`.

Step 6: Add a Gradient Fill

To add a gradient fill, select the object and then go to the “Fill” dropdown menu in the top toolbar. Select “Gradient” from the menu and then choose the type of gradient fill you want to use. You can also adjust the colors and direction of the gradient using the controls in the top toolbar.

Step 7: Edit the Gradient

Now that your shape is filled with a gradient, you can adjust the appearance of the gradient by editing its properties. To do this, select the Gradient tool from the Tools panel. Then, click on the fill of your shape to select the gradient.

You’ll notice that your cursor changes to two black arrows when you hover over the edge of the gradient, indicating that you can now edit thegradient. To change the direction of the gradient, click and drag one of the black arrows. To change the location of one of the colors in the gradient, click on one ofthe color sliders and drag it to a new location. You can also add new colors to agradient by clicking on one of the empty color sliders and selecting a new colorfrom your swatches panel.

Step 8: Apply a Pattern Fill

In the following steps you will learn how to fill a shape with a pattern in Adobe Illustrator. You will start by creating a simple line art object, which you will then fill with different kinds of patterns.

As you go through this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a pattern fill to a selected object. You will also learn how to create your own custom pattern and fill a shape with it.


There are a number of ways to fill a shape in Illustrator, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most important thing is to experiment and find the method that works best for you and your project.

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