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Apply attributes

Expression Studio 2.0

Now that you have created a star object on your page, you can apply a fill and a stroke to it. These are called object attributes.

To select an object

  1. In the Toolbox, click the Selection tool Cc294989.959a05a6-5a4b-4b0e-98a3-fb628d2c03a2(en-us,Expression.10).png, or press V.

  2. Click the outline (the stroke or path).

Now you can move the star object you created by dragging it around the document, resize and rotate it, or apply a fill or stroke.

When you select an object on a layer, the object is surrounded by eight handles (at the corners and along the sides of the bounding box).

To resize an object

  • With the Selection tool, drag on one of the corner Resize handles, dragging outward to increase the size of the star object, or dragging inward to decrease the size of the object. To maintain the height/width proportion, hold down the SHIFT key.

To rotate an object

  • With the Selection tool, place the pointer immediately outside one of the corner handles. Notice how the pointer changes to indicate rotation. You can now drag the handle to rotate the object.

The pointer (above the upper-right corner handle) changes to indicate that dragging will rotate the object

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Because the object currently has no fill, note that you have to select or move the object by clicking its stroke. After you fill the object, you can select it by clicking the fill or stroke.

The Appearance panel inside the Properties panel lets you apply fill and stroke attributes for the objects you draw with the drawing tools. You can apply fill and stroke attributes before or after you draw a path or object. When you select an object, it loads all the attributes for that object into the Properties panel so that the next object you draw will have the same fill and stroke.

The star shape currently has a stroke but no fill

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To apply a fill

  1. Using the Selection tool, select the object.

  2. In the Appearance panel, click the Fill icon (the left-hand tab at the top of the panel).

  3. Select a swatch from the top of the Appearance panel, or click the color picker (the colored rectangle below the Fill icon) to select a fill color. You can change the hue by clicking the color bar to the right of the color picker.

  4. To fill the object with gradients or images, or to remove an existing fill, do one of the following:

    • Click the Gradient color icon Cc294989.d613ce1f-4e4d-43b8-b5a4-19771e9fa014(en-us,Expression.10).png. Notice that a gradient spectrum is added to the Appearance panel.

    • Click the Image fill icon Cc294989.64ea5fbb-8fd7-45e2-9a42-4a37476a5663(en-us,Expression.10).png to fill your shape with an image.

    • Click the No Fill icon Cc294989.becb92d2-59ff-410c-b364-c3c98db77db5(en-us,Expression.10).png to remove the fill attribute for an object.

You can change the way the stroke (or outline) looks on the star-shaped object by applying a stroke attribute.

To apply a stroke

  1. Using the Selection tool, select the object.

  2. In the Appearance panel, click the Stroke icon (the right-hand tab at the top of the panel).

  3. To change the style of the stroke, click the Stroke Gallery, and then click a brush stroke to apply it.

    The Stroke Gallery in the Appearance panel

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    If the new stroke is too thin or thick, change the stroke width by adjusting the Width slider (located to the right of the brush stroke style in the Appearance panel). To increase the stroke width, drag the value in the slider up or to the right. To decrease the value, drag it to the left or down.

    You can also change the stroke width meter by clicking it once to activate it. Type a value, and then press ENTER.

  4. To change the color or gradient of the stroke, do one of the following:

    • Select a swatch from the top of the Appearance panel, or click the color picker (the colored rectangle below the Fill icon) to select a fill color. You can change the hue by clicking the color bar to the right of the color picker.

    • Click the Gradient color icon Cc294989.d613ce1f-4e4d-43b8-b5a4-19771e9fa014(en-us,Expression.10).png. Notice that a gradient spectrum is added to the Appearance panel.

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