Gradient editing

The Fill Tool lets you draw a simple color gradient across your object. The created fill path can be edited directly on the object to introduce more than two colors along the gradient path, introduce opacity, reposition added colors or control color transitions. You can also apply a more complex gradient via a Gradient Editor.

Color gradient examples

Elliptical (showing gradient path), radial, linear and conical path examples.

Using the Fill Tool

Use the Fill Tool to apply your own gradient paths to an object's stroke or fill; you can also apply solid and bitmap fills. The tool's context toolbar lets you change a linear gradient fill to be radial, elliptical, or conical.

Fill Tool To use the Fill Tool:
  1. Select an object.
  2. Select the Fill Tool from the Tools panel.
  3. From the context toolbar, select either 'Stroke' or 'Fill' from the Context pop-up menu.
  4. From the context toolbar, select a fill type from the Type pop-up menu.
  5. Drag the cursor across the object's stroke or fill depending on what you selected previously.

    Hold down the to constrain the angle of the gradient path to 45°.

To modify a gradient (directly on an object):

With the Fill Tool selected, click an object with a gradient fill applied and then do any of the following:

To modify a gradient (via the tool's context toolbar):
  1. With the Fill Tool selected, click an object.
  2. From the context toolbar, select the color swatch.
  3. Click the Gradient option which lets you modify your gradient using the following settings:
    • Type—determines the gradient type (linear, elliptical, etc.) via a pop-up menu.
    • Position—controls the position of the stop along the gradient from left (0%) to right (100%), with 50% representing the central point.
    • Mid Point—adjusts the spread of colors between the selected color stop and the stop to its right.
    • Color—click the color swatch to display a pop-up panel where you can modify the selected stop's color (including noise value).
    • Opacity—controls how see through the stop is. 100% represents fully opaque, 0% represents fully transparent.
    • Insert—adds a new stop between a selected stop and the stop to its right. The stop adopts the color at its new position.
    • Copy—duplicates the selected stop, positioning it between the selected stop and the stop to its right.
    • Delete—removes the selected stop from the gradient. Deleting an end stop shortens the path back to the adjacent stop.
    • Reverse—the gradient is reversed, i.e. like a mirror image.

Scaling sheared objects with linear or radial gradient fills

When an object with a linear or radial gradient fill is sheared (skewed) or transformed onto an isometric pane, an additional pair of correction points appears.


These help produce a fill that more naturally follows the sheared object's shape without distortion when the object is scaled and sheared.

To convert the transformed fill to a conventional gradient fill:
  1. Double-click the correction end stop to remove the correction path.