Introduction: Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

How to Create and Fill a Shape with Color by Using Line Segments on Adobe Illustrator

Step 1: Illustrator Tools Used

1st Image: Line Segment Tool

2nd Image: Select Tool (black arrow)

3rd Image: Color Fill

4th Image: Zoom tool

5th Image: Direct Select Tool (white arrow)

Step 2:

Get onto the computer and open Adobe Illustrator.

Step 3:

Go to File>New Document, and a New Document window will pop up. Click OK in the lower left corner. This will create a blank document to work with.

Step 4: Creating the Triangle Out of Line Segments

Click on the Line Segment Tool

Step 5:

Make three line segments in the shape of a triangle. To make line segments, click/hold left button on the mouse and drag until reaching the desired length and then release.

Step 6:

Use the Zoom tool located at the bottom of the screen. Zoom to 1600% on the first corner of the triangle.

Step 7: Joining the Corners of the Triangle

Next, Line up the line segments corner-to-corner using the Select Tool (black arrow). To line up the line segments, left click and drag the line segment ends together until they close the triangle corner.

Step 8:

Select the Direct Select Tool (white arrow) and click on one line segment. Once this is done, a thin blue line will appear through the line segment. At the end of the blue line, there is a small white box, called the anchor point.

Step 9:

Left click/hold on the anchor point and drag it to meet the anchor point of the other line segment. The word “anchor” will pop up, indicating the anchor points are aligned correctly.

Step 10:

After the anchor points are aligned, click on one line segment, hold down the shift key, and click on the other line segment. Both of the line segments should now be selected.

Step 11:

Go to the Object Panel>Group and group the selected line segments.

Step 12:

After the two line segments are grouped, select the Object Panel>Path>Join. Note that this will only work if the anchor points are aligned correctly.

Step 13:

To join the other two corners of the triangle, repeat steps 6-11.

*It’s imperative to join the corners of the triangle so it closes the shape; color can only be added into a closed shape.

Step 14: Filling Triangle With Color

Upon completion of closing the shape, zoom back out to 300%.

Step 15:

Click on the Selection Tool (black arrow) and select the triangle.

Step 16:

Next, select the fill tool from the toolbox on the left. If the stroke box is in front of the fill box (white box with red slash), left click on the fill box. This should bring the fill box to the front.

Step 17:

Double click the fill box, and the Color Picker window will pop up.

Step 18:

Select desired color. To select color, left click anywhere on the color swatch. This should fill in the triangle with the chosen color.

Step 19: Last Step

Go to File>Save As and create a file name. Click on the Save button in the bottom left of the window. Great job!


amberrayh made it!(author)2015-03-16

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm not too good with Illustrator, so every little bit helps! Congratulations on your first Instructable!

MaddiFunk made it!(author)2015-03-16

Absolutely!!! I'm glad that it can help!! :) Thank you for taking the time to look at my instructable! :)