How To Fill Colour In Adobe Illustrator

If you’re a graphic designer, or even just an enthusiast who likes to play around with digital art, Adobe Illustrator is likely a tool you’re very familiar with. However, for someone just stepping into this vast creative landscape, it can be a bit overwhelming. Today, we will be focusing on one simple but fundamental task: how to fill colour in Adobe Illustrator.

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to learn how to fill an object with colour in Adobe Illustrator.

Step 1: Creating or Selecting an Object

Open Adobe Illustrator and either create a new object using the ‘Shape’ tool or select an existing one with the ‘Selection’ tool. The ‘Shape’ tool is located in the toolbar on the left side of the screen, and you can select the ‘Selection’ tool by pressing the V key.

Step 2: Opening the Colour Panel

Once you have your object, head to the ‘Window’ menu in the top bar and select ‘Colour’. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut F6 to open the Colour panel.

Step 3: Selecting the Fill Box

In the Colour panel, you will see two boxes. The one on top is the ‘Stroke’ box, which controls the colour of the border of your shape. The one underneath is the ‘Fill’ box, which controls the colour inside your shape. Click on the ‘Fill’ box to select it.

Step 4: Choosing a Colour

Now, you can select a color from the Color panel. If you can’t find the exact colour you want, you can customise your own by adjusting the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) or CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key) sliders.

Step 5: Applying the Colour

After you’ve chosen your colour, click anywhere outside the Color panel to close it. The colour will be automatically applied to the selected object.

Using the Eyedropper Tool

If you want to fill your object with a colour that’s already somewhere in your project, you can use the ‘Eyedropper’ tool. Select the object you want to fill, then click the ‘Eyedropper’ tool and click on the colour you want to sample. The selected object will be filled with the sampled colour.


That’s all there is to it! With these simple steps, you can fill colour in any object using Adobe Illustrator. Remember, practice makes perfect. So, keep experimenting with different shapes and colours to master this essential skill.