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What is the logic of fills?

Feb 5, 2013 2:28 AM

Hi.

 

What is the logic behind illustrators fill and line colour from defaul?

 

It seems randomly to lurch between black lines or clear lines, between black fills or no fills.

 

Is there a logic I don't understand?

 
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    Feb 5, 2013 2:39 AM   in reply to garethirwin1234

    Please describe exactly what you are doing and when exactly you encounter the fill/stroke you don't understand.

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 2:48 AM   in reply to garethirwin1234

    Are you creating only squares? Or are you using different tools?

     

    Lines have options. You can choose to apply a fill. See the manual on the line options.

     

    Which appearnace is applied depends on a setting in the manual of the appearance panel: "new art has basic appearance" see manual on this setting as well.

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 4:28 AM   in reply to garethirwin1234

    Here's a possible scenario, without changing fill or stroke color:

     

    Open a new document. Default settings are White fill, blacks stroke.

    Click & draw with Rectangle Tool: White fill, black stroke.

    Click & draw with Paint Brush Tool: No fill, black stroke.

    Click & draw with Blob Brush Tool: No fill, black stroke.

    Click Selection Tool, select Blob Brush drawing: Black fill, no stroke.

     

    Rectangle Tool creates a path with whatever fill and stroke color, if any, are selected .

    Paint Brush Tool creates a stroke with whatever stroke color is selected, no fill.

    Blob Brush creates a path using stroke color if one is selected, otherwise uses fill color, but shows as stroke color while drawing, then changes to fill color if path is selected.

     

    Confusing, but there is logic.

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 4:32 AM   in reply to tromboniator

    Waiting for the dawn, Peter?

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 4:36 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Only 5.5 hrs. to go.

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 5:20 AM   in reply to tromboniator

    But more than half an hour into the new day (at your latest post).

     
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    Feb 5, 2013 6:03 AM   in reply to garethirwin1234

    If you:

     

    1. File>New. Default Fill and Stroke are those which were saved in the startup file or template chosen to base the new document on. (Usually white Fill, black 1 pt. Stroke.)
    2. Ellipse Tool: Draw an ellipse. It has white Fill, black Stroke.
    3. Brush Tool: Draw a path.  It uses the current Stroke color, but Fill of none. So now, the current Fill is none.
    4. Ellipse Tool: Draw an ellipse. It has a Fill of none, black Stroke.

     

    In other words, the "logic" is that you have to constantly pay attention to what the current  fill and stroke settings are, because using a different tool (or selecting a different object) can change that.

     

    And when clicking Swatches to change the color of selected objects, you have to constantly pay attention to whether Fill or Stroke is "in front" (in focus) in Illustrator's silly Fill/Stroke icon.

     

    JET

     
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