How to Fill in a Path in Illustrator

How to Fill in a Path in Illustrator – In this quick tip, we’re going to learn how to fill in a path in Illustrator.

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Paths are the basic building blocks of any vector image, and are used to create a variety of shapes, designs, and illustrations. In Adobe Illustrator, there are two types of paths: open and closed. Open paths have a start point and an end point, while closed paths form a complete shape.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to fill in a path using the Shape Builder tool. This tool can be used to create complex shapes by combining simple paths, and is an essential tool for any vector artist.

What You’ll Need

In order to fill in a path in Illustrator, you will need the following:
-Illustrator software
-A computer
-A design or project that requires a filled-in path

Step One: Choose the Right Tool

The first step to filling a path in Illustrator is to choose the right tool. The two main options are the Pencil Tool and the Brush Tool. If you want complete control over your path, go with the Pencil Tool. Otherwise, the Brush Tool will be easier to use.

Step Two: Draw Your Path

Once you’ve chosen the right tool, it’s time to start drawing your path. If you’re using the Pencil Tool, click where you want your path to start and then click and drag to draw the rest of the path. If you’re using the Brush Tool, click and drag your mouse along the canvas to draw a curved line.

Step Three: Select the Path

Once you’ve drawn your path, select it by clicking on it with the Selection Tool (the black arrow).

Step Four: Choose a Fill Color

With your path selected, click on the “Fill” color in the toolbar (it’s usually set to black by default). Choose a color for your fill from the color palette or enter a hex code.

Step Five: Apply the Fill Color to Your Path

Click on “Object” in the menu bar and select “Expand” from the drop-down menu. This will turn your path into a shape that can be filled with color. Now click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Fill” from the drop-down menu (or press Shift+F5 on your keyboard). Choose “OK” when prompted. Your path should now be filled with color!

Step Two: Draw Your Path

Assuming you’re starting with a blank canvas, the first thing you need to do is draw a path for the object to follow. Any profile will do, so have fun with it. If you want to keep things simple, use the Pencil tool (). Click once where you want the motion to start, then click and drag to draw a curved line. To make straight lines, hold down Shift as you click and drag.

Step Three: Fill in Your Path

Now that you have created your path, it’s time to fill it in. In Illustrator, there are a few different ways to do this.

To fill in your path with a solid color, click on the “Fill” tool in the toolbar. Then, click on the color you want to use in the “Swatches” palette. Finally, click on your path to fill it in with that color.

If you want to use a gradient to fill your path, click on the “Gradient” tool in the toolbar. Then, click on the two colors you want to use in the “Swatches” palette. Next, drag the “Gradient” tool across your path to fill it in with that gradient.

To fill your path with a pattern, first create a new pattern by clicking on the “New Pattern” button in the “Swatches” palette. Then, use the drawing tools to create your pattern. Once you are done, select your path and click on the new pattern in the “Swatches” palette to fill it in.

Step Four: Adjust the Path’s Appearance

Now that you have your path, you might want to adjust its appearance. To do this, select the path with the Selection tool and then click the “Fill” icon in the Tools panel. This will open the “Fill” menu, where you can choose a color or gradient for your path. You can also adjust the opacity of your path by clicking the “Opacity” drop-down menu.


In conclusion, filling a path in Illustrator is a pretty simple process. Just make sure you have the right tools selected, and that your path is closed before you fill it in. If you need help, there are plenty of tutorials and videos online that can walk you through the process step by step.

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about how to use the Pen tool in Illustrator, there are plenty of excellent tutorials and guides available online. Here are a few of our favorites:

-Vectortuts+: The Complete Guide to the Pen Tool in Illustrator
-Design Instruct: Mastering the Pen Tool in 5 Minutes
-Tuts+ Design & Illustration: The Ultimate Guide to the Pen Tool in Illustrator


9.1 Filler Linework
To fill in the black space around your artwork, create a new layer and call it “Filler Linework.” Set the layer’s Blending Mode to Normal and the Opacity to 50%. You can also lock the transparency of the layer so that you don’t accidentally color outside the lines.

Next, using a hard-edged brush, start tracing over the transparent areas of your artwork on the Filler Linework layer. The goal here is to just map out the shape of the area you need to fill in, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

Once you’ve gone over all the areas you need to fill in, you can start coloring them in. Again, use a hard-edged brush and make sure your strokes are on the same layer as your linework. When you’re finished filling in all the areas, set the Opacity of your Filler Linework layer back to 100% and admire your handiwork!

10.About the Author

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics software that’s used by millions of designers and artists around the world. It’s used to create everything from web graphics and logos to illustrations and typography.

In this course, you’ll learn how to use all of the basic tools and techniques in Adobe Illustrator CC. We’ll start with the basics of getting around the interface, working with artboards, and using selection tools. Then we’ll move on to drawing shapes, working with color, using type, adding bitmap images, and more. By the end of this course, you’ll be proficient in using Adobe Illustrator to create your own vector graphics.

About the author: Andrew Foster is a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. He’s also a certified Apple Product Professional (and a bit of a computer nerd). He owns his own design studio, Jamie Foster Creative, where he works with clients all over the world on branding, web design, and print projects.

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