Color is one of the most crucial elements of illustration and graphic design. In Vectornator, any path, shape or image can be edited inside the Inspector, allowing you to alter its color and style.
The Style Sections
When you select an object in Vectornator, the Style tab will open on the right side of your workspace. There are three main sections under the Style tab, which allow you to control the Fill (1), Stroke (2), and Shadow (3) properties of the selected object.
Each of these sections will show different context-aware options depending on which object you've selected.
Each of the three main sections under the Style tab begins with a name (1), telling you which features that section can control. Each of these main sections share some similar controls. The first section, labeled Fill, controls the interior color of your selected element.
(A) This shows the current Color Fill or Stroke Color of the selected element. By tapping it, you will open up the Color Picker.
(B) This is the Eyedropper. It allows you to copy a color on your canvas. Just tap the Eyedropper icon, then tap on the color you want to copy. Please note that the Fill eyedropper will only set this new color for the Fill section.
(C) This displays the HEX code for the selected color. Tap it to open the Keypad, which allows you change it. Hold to copy or paste your value.
(D) This button allows you to Switch your fill and stroke colors, or your shadow and stroke colors.
(E) This button will Hide or Display the fill or the stroke of the selected object.
How to Switch Fill & Stroke
This button allows you to switch your fill and stroke colors, or your shadow and stroke colors in just one tap. It easily helps you to fill a path using the same color of its stroke.
Inside the Fill section of the Style Tab, you can:
2 – switch between different Blend Modes
3 – change your shape's Opacity
4 – adjust the amount of Blur on your shape
You can always access the Color Picker by tapping the Color Well within the first subsection, or simply change your shape's HEX Color by tapping on it.
Changing the Opacity
Along with Blending modes, you can change a Fill’s opacity to combine and show two or more filled paths. In Vectornator, you can change the Opacity using:
A – the Opacity Slider inside the Inspector
B – the Opacity Slider inside the Quick Actions
Inside the Stroke section of the Style Tab, you can:
2 – set the Stroke Width of your selected path or shape
3 – change the Arrows at the ends of your selected path
4 – create a Dashed Line along your selected path (you can specify the length of the dashes and the number of gaps between dashes)
5 – edit the Cap and Join intersections of your selected path or shape
Just as in the Fill section, you can access the Color Picker by tapping on the Color Well.
In the Arrows (3) section, you can change the ends of your selected path. Just tap on an arrowhead to change the ends of the path. You can select two different line ends if you wish. Tap the Swap (A) button in the top right of the panel to swap your selected ends to the other end of the selected line.
At the bottom of the Style Tab, you can find the Shadow controls as:
2 – visualize your shadow's Rotation and change its Angle with a tap
3 – view a Live Preview of how your shadow will look on a model object
4 – edit your shadow's Blur effect
5 – change the Offset of your shadow
💬 Vectornator currently supports only the Drop Shadow, we do have an open ticket if you would like us to add more types of shadows in our Feature Request Page. Upvote it here.
The Color Picker
The Color Picker allows you to change the color of your selected object's Fill, Stroke or Shadow inside the corresponding section within the Style Tab.
To open the Color Picker, simply tap the Color Well (1) for any Fill, Stroke or Shadow you want to change.
1 The Fill Options – At the very top of the Popover you can switch between solid (A), Linear Gradient (B), and Radial Gradient (C) and change the shape’s fill.
2 The Preview – It shows the final result (D) of your color settings. On the right side (E) it will preview the last second color you used.
3 The Color Picker – Drag the point around to pick your color. If you move from left to right you can change the color’s saturation, and up or down can change its brightness. It uses the HSB (hue, saturation, brightness) Color Model. If you have an object selected, the new color will change immediately as soon as you release your finger/pencil from the picker.
4 The Color Sliders – It controls the color’s hue.
5 The Alpha Slider – It controls the opacity (Alpha Channel) of your color.
6 Last 5 Color Saved – It shows the last five used colors.
7 The Hex Field – It gives you quick access to your color’s HEX value for copying and pasting, or to manually set a specific HEX color.
⚠️ When you enter a color’s HEX code in the field, its Alpha value will return to 100%.
To close the Color Picker, simply swipe the popover down.
The Color Picker Popover contains two different tabs which allow you to choose the color depending on the Color Space you prefer to use.
In the first tab (1), you can simply move your cursor around the Color Picker (A) or using the Color Sliders (B) at the bottom.
In the second tab (2), you have the option to manually set a specific color using the RGB (red, green, blue) Color Space and Alpha values. Alternatively, you can also use the sliders.
Tapping the RGB label (C) below the sliders will take you to the HSB (hue, saturation, brightness) color controls. Tap again to switch back.
The Eyedropper allows you to pick & copy a color from your any image or vector path you have on your canvas. Just tap the Eyedropper icon (1) in the Style Tab, which you can find close to the Fill, Stroke or Shadow Well. A magnifying circle (2) will appear at the top of your artwork. Hold and move around it until you find the color you want to copy.
If you have an object already selected, simply tap the on the color you want to copy and the eyedropper will apply automatically the chosen color to the selected object.
Personal Color Palette
To add a new color (or gradient) to your Personal Palette (1), you simply have to tap any of the grey square (2) after selecting a shape on your canvas.
Tap and hold on a saved color to Delete it. Tapping a saved color to a selected shape on your canvas will fill the shape with that color.
Underneath the Color Picker, you'll find the Color Blending controls (3). If you're selecting multiple objects (1) with different colors, you can use these buttons to blend the selected objects' colors horizontally, vertically, or from back to front.
Read our blog on How to Create a Color Palette in Vectornator using the Color Blending Options ➞
Beneath the Color Blending controls, you'll find the Color Adjustment controls. These two buttons allow you to Desaturate (A) or Invert (B) your selected object's colors.
The Gradient Editor
There are two gradient options available for an object in Vectornator, Linear and Radial.
Linear gradients are usually the most common, where two colors appear at opposite ends of an object and blend into each other.
Radial gradients begin at the center of the object, and blend outwards from that point.
Linear & Radial Gradients
After selecting your shape, tap the Color Well in the Fill section of the Style Tab to open the Color Palette. There are three gradient options at the top of the Color Palette window. From left to right, they are: No Gradient, Linear Gradient, and Radial Gradient.
Tap one of them to apply that type of gradient to your selected shape.
Each of the colors in your gradient is represented by a Color Slider on the Gradient Bar. A Color Slider looks like a teardrop with a circle in it. Your selected Color Slider will appear slightly larger than the others.
You can tap on a Color Slider to set its color via the Color Picker. Updating the color of a Color Slider will immediately update the gradient live in your selected shape.
TIP: You can tap and drag the Color Sliders along the Gradient Bar to move them and change the gradient's smoothness.
Add a new Color to your Gradient
Tapping on the Gradient Bar between two Color Sliders will create a new Color Slider.
Double tap in the middle of the Gradient Bar to distribute the Color Sliders evenly. Swipe either direction along the Gradient Bar to flip the color points.
Pro Tip – Updating one of these Color Sliders will immediately update the gradient of your shape.
Removing a Color from a Gradient
Tap and drag a Color Slider down off of the Gradient Bar to delete it.
Change the Direction Angle of a Gradient
You can tap and drag on the gradient handles on the canvas to change the position and angle of the gradient.
Watch this video with Soodabeh Damavandi (@sooodesign) to learn more about color theory, contrasts, color balance, and where to find inspiration. Plus two bonus tips that you can apply straight away to create unique color palettes in Vectornator.