Fill Style Components

Building a style is like building a sandwich. Multiple style components may be added. Fill style components include: Color Fill, Gradient Fill, Hatch Fill, Pattern Fill, Zig-Zag Fill and Image Fill.

Color Fill

Press the ‘+’ button and choose ‘Color Fill’ from the drop-down menu.

The following properties can be edited for Color Fill:

  1. COLOR – Click the color-well to open the Color Picker.
  2. SHADOW – Check the box to enable the fill shadow. Press and drag the knob to adjust the shadow angle. Move the sliders to adjust the shadow distance and blur. Click the color-well to open the Color Picker and change the shadow color.

HINT: Heavy use of shadows can affect drawing speed. For good performance, a preference hides shadows when viewing the document above 800% zoom. This preference can be changed and/or disabled in the ‘Artboard > Preferences … Performance’ dialog.

Gradient Fill

Use Gradient Fill for stylish linear and radial gradients. The gradient-well gives you the “big” picture as you build the style. Press the ‘+’ button and choose ‘Gradient Fill’ from the drop-down menu.

The following properties can be edited for Gradient Fill:

  1. COLOR SLIDER – The color slider is the place to control color selection and placement. To set gradient colors, select the color stops at each end of the gradient bar. Choose colors from the Color Picker. Gradients can have 2 or more color-stops for awesome effects. Add and remove color stops using the “+” and “-” on the left side of the gradient bar, or drag color stops off of the slider bar to remove them. Drag color stops to reposition along the gradient bar.
  2. LINEAR GRADIENT – Choose for a linear gradient.
  3. LINEAR GRADIENT ANGLE – In the gradient-well, rotate the knob on the Iris control to set the angle of the gradient. Hold the SHIFT key to constrain the angle of the gradient to 15-degree increments.
  4. RADIAL GRADIENT – Choose for a gradient radiating outward from a point.
  5. RADIAL GRADIENT POSITION AND RADIUS – In the gradient-well, drag Iris-control rings to adjust the center point of a radial gradient. Drag ring tabs to set gradient radius and adjust the color blend between two circles of color. While editing gradient rotation, press the SHIFT key to constrain its angle to 15-degree increments.
  6. ANGLE RELATIVE TO OBJECT – Checked makes the gradient angle to be set relative to the object. Unchecked makes the gradient angle to be set relative to the page.

HINT: For best results, gradients should not contain colors with opacity less than 100%.

Hatch Fill

Hatch fill is used to create patterns of lines. This component controls line width, spacing, lead-in, color, and angle. Lines can be dashed, and roughness and wobble can even be added to create a wavy pattern. Add two or more Hatch Fill components with differing angles to create checkered and grid patterns.

Press the ‘+’ button and choose ‘Hatch Fill’ from the drop-down menu.

The following properties can be edited for Hatch Fill:

  1. SPACING – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the distance between each line.
  2. ANGLE – Press and drag the knob to adjust the hatch line angle.
  3. LEAD-IN – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the lead-in, or phase, of the hatch.
  4. RELATIVE – When checked, the hatch’s overall angle is relative to the object. When unchecked, the hatch’s overall angle is relative to the page.
  5. COLOR – Click on the color-well to open the Color Picker.
  6. ROUGHNESS – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the percent roughness of the lines.
  7. WOBBLE – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the percent “wobbliness” or random offset of each line.
  8. LINE WIDTH – Set line width with the slider, highlight the text and type the line width, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the line width.
  9. SOLID LINE or DASH – Choose ‘Solid Line’ or a dash pattern from the drop-down list, or choose ‘Other…’ to define a custom dash pattern in the dialog that is presented.

Pattern Fill

Using the Pattern Fill, objects, symbols, or images are regularly repeated within the fill area. Press the ‘+’ button and choose ‘Pattern Fill’ from the drop-down menu.

The following properties can be edited for Pattern Fill:

  1. IMAGE – Copy a small graphic from your drawing and click ‘Paste’, or click ‘File…’ to launch Finder and select an image. Pasted vector graphics (such as those copied/pasted from your drawing) are converted to PDF images and are not editable when part of a style component. Useful for tiled images whose properties do not need adjusted.
  2. SPACING – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the distance between each image.
  3. IMAGE SCALE – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the percent scale factor of the image.
  4. ODD COLUMNS OFFSET – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the proportion of additional offset applied to alternating columns.
  5. IMAGE ANGLE – Press and drag the knob to adjust the overall pattern angle around the center point.
  6. PATTERN ANGLE – When checked, individual motif’s image angle is relative to the overall pattern angle.
  7. RANDOMIZE SPACING – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to apply a randomness factor to the motif’s position.
  8. RANDOMIZE SCALE – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to apply a randomness factor to the motif’s scale.
  9. RANDOMIZE ANGLE – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to apply a randomness factor to the motif’s angle.
  10. AVOID CLIPPING – When checked, images that would be clipped at the edges by the object’s path are not drawn.
  11. AUTO TILE – When checked, sets the spacing automatically to exactly tile the image with no gaps.
  12. RELATIVE – When checked, the pattern’s overall angle is relative to the object’s angle. When unchecked, the pattern’s overall angle is relative to the page.

HINT: For best performance (drawing speed), pasted images should be small, not too complex, and not too closely spaced.

Zig-Zag Fill

Press the ‘+’ button and choose ‘Zig-Zag Fill’ from the drop-down menu. Color, and shadow properties are set in the same way as a color fill.

The following additional properties can be edited for Zig-Zag fill:

  1. AMPLITUDE – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the amplitude (distance from edge) of the zig-zag wave effect.
  2. WAVELENGTH – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the wavelength (distance between waves) of the zig-zag wave effect.
  3. SPREAD – Use the slider, highlight the text and type, or use the up/down arrows to adjust the curvature of the peaks of the wave.

Image Fill