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Color fill and resizing.

Color fill and resizing.

Color fill and resizing.

(OP)
I am new to Illustrator and I have an image that was done in AI, I want to fill the open areas with color and resize the image. The problem is, I cannot find any option to fill in the areas or to resize it.
I can change the areas that already have color, just not the areas that don't. Any help?

RE: Color fill and resizing.

To fill an area with color, you need to draw a shape to contain that color. It helps to have the color palette open too, which, if it's not visible, you can find under the Window menu (it's called 'Color' or 'Show Color', depending on what version of Illustrator you're using).

I'm not sure what your exact requirements are, but if you want to add an overall background color, do something like the following:

1. Open the layer palette (Window > Layers / Show Layers)

2. Select the lowest layer (there may be only one). If you see a 'lock' symbol beside it, you will need to deselect it first.

3. Use one of the drawing tools to draw the shape of the background (usually, just use the rectangle tool).

4. In the tools palette, you will see two overlapping squares at the bottom. The filled one signifies the color of the active object, while the other signifies the outline. Select the filled one, and choose a color in the color palette.

5. Choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back.

As for resizing, first you must make sure all the artwork is unlocked by selecting Object > Unlock All (if it's not available, it means there's nothing to unlock). Now select the artwork you want to resize -- in your case I presume that means everything, so if you're using AI 10, go to Select > All, or in AI 9, Edit > Select All. There are a few ways of resizing from here. A quick and dirty way is to use the selection tool (the black arrow), which brings up a bounding box around the selection. Drag any point to resize, but hold down the shift key if you want to keep the proportions.

You can also use the scale tool, either by clicking on it once to use it as above, or by double-clicking on it to bring up a dialog box to enter values manually. The settings in this box affect all scaling operations, so if you find that enlarging an object doesn't alter the outlines, look at these settings and make sure 'Scale Strokes & Effects' is ticked (or not, depending on what you want to do).

There are other ways of resizing too, such as the Transform palette and tool, but looking at the length of this post, I think I'd better stop before I confuse the issue!

RE: Color fill and resizing.

(OP)
Well, here is what I am trying to do.
I have my logo in an .ai format. I got Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and whated to add color to the logo, since it is currently black and white. There are white areas that I want to selectively fill. For some reason, I cannot fill them. I can fill anything black, but nothing white, unless I draw it.
Thanks.

RE: Color fill and resizing.

It could be made up of compound paths, which means that the white areas aren't white, but rather 'holes' in the black areas. To see if this is the case, add a background color as described above. If it shows through the white areas, then they are obviously transparent.

To solve this, there are a few things you can do, but the best way is to release the compound paths. Select the logo, go to Object > Compound Path > Release. Chances are it will look completely black, but if you go to View > Outlines, you'll see the shapes that make up the logo. Select the ones that need to be colored and apply a fill. You'll need to switch between Outlines and Preview (both under the View menu) to see how things are shaping up.

RE: Color fill and resizing.

(OP)
Thanks!
I think that will get it.
Still a few areas that won't fill, but for the most part, it gets me going.
Thanks again.

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