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.
In the new version 4.5.0 from Vectornator, you can set and change your color properties with the Color Widget Tool (1) and the Color Picker Tool (2). The Color Widget Tool is located at the bottom of the Toolbar on the left screen side, whereas the Color Picker is accessible inside the Style tab to the right side of your screen.
The Style Sections
When you select an object in Vectornator, you can open the Style tab on the right side of your workspace. This Tab is divided into three sections, the Fill (1), Stroke (2), and Shadow (3) section. Each section allows you to alter different color properties of your selected object.
The name of each section signifies the feature that will be altered by its control options.
- The first section is labeled Fill (1) and controls the fill properties of your selected object.
- The second section is labeled Stroke (2) and here you can control the Stroke Width and change between Regular Mode and Brush Mode.
- The third section is labeled Shadow (3) and controls the shadow casting options of your selected object.
Each of these sections displays different context-aware options depending on which object you've selected.
In Vectonator you can find the basic elements of the Color Menu inside the Style Tab, such as the Color Fill options, the Stroke options, the display of the HEX code, and the Eyedropper .
A – This section shows the current Color Fill or Stroke Color of the selected element. By tapping it, you will open up the Color Picker. You have the option to fill your shape with a gradient or a solid color.
B – This section displays the HEX code for the selected color. Tap it to open the Keypad, which allows you to change it. Hold to copy or paste your value.
C – This Tool is the Eyedropper. It allows you to copy any color on your canvas.
D – This button allows you to Swap your fill and stroke colors, or alternatively your shadow and stroke colors.
E – This button will enable or disable the fill or the stroke of the selected object.
F – Tap this button, to collapse or expand the color section.
How to Swap Fill and Stroke
This button makes it very easy to fill with one tap a path with the same color that you have previously selected in your stroke color settings.
Inside the Fill section of the Style Tab, you can access the Color Picker by tapping the Color Well (A) inside the first subsection. To change the color of your shape, you can either set the color value by using the HEX Color button (B) or by picking the color from the canvas by using the Eyedropper (C).
Changing the Opacity
To change the opacity of your Fill, open the Appearance section (1) and slide with your finger along the Opacity slider (A). Another option is to select the shape and then use the Slider (B) inside the Quick Actions menu at the bottom of your selected shape.
Vectornator implemented the option to blur shapes. Select the shape and open the expandable menu Appearance (1) inside the Style Tab. Slide with your finger along the Blur slider (A) to control the intensity of the Blur effect. The Blur effect will affect the stroke outline and the fill content of your selected shape simultaneously.
Inside of the Stroke Section of the Style Tab, you can change the color of your path, access the Color picker, set the HEX color, control the Stroke Width of your path, switch between Regular Mode and Brush Mode, create a dashed path-line, edit the end segments and intersections of your selected path.
A - Here you can change the color of your path, access the Color Picker, set the HEX Color, or use the Eyedropper.
B – Here you can set the Stroke Width of your selected path.
C Switch between Regular and Brush Mode.
D – Change the Arrows at the end segments of your selected path.
E – Edit the Cap and Joint intersections of your selected path or shape.
F – Create a Dashed Line along your selected path (you can specify the length of the dashes and the number of gaps between dashes)
In the Arrows (D) menu, you can change the appearance of the end segments of your path. Now, you can see a list of the available Arrow options. By tapping the Arrow button to the left, you will change the left end segment of your selected path, by tapping the Arrow button to the right, you will change the end segment on the right side of your selected path. You have the option to choose two different arrow end segments for one single path.
Select your path and then tap the Swap (1) button at the top right of your panel to easily swap the left and right arrowheads of your path end segments.
At the bottom of your Style Tab, you can find the Shadow controls as follows:
2 – Here you can control the Angle of your shadow drop via the Shadow Rotation Wheel. When you tap on the Preview Window (3) to the right of the Shadow Rotation Wheel, you will see a Live Preview of the changes you have made.
In the Blur Effect Slider below (4) you can adjust with your finger the intensity of the Blur Effect on your shadows.
You can adjust the Offset of your shadow by using the Offset Slider (5) at the bottom of the Style Menu.
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The Color Picker
The Color Picker allows you to change the color of the Fill, Stroke, or Shadow of your selected object inside the corresponding sections 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.
- The Fill Options – At the very top of the Popover menu, you can switch between Solid (A) and Gradient (B) to change the fill of your selected shape.
- The Preview – It shows the final result (C) of your color settings. On the right side (D) it will preview the previous color you used.
- The Color Picker (E) – 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.
If you tap the color picker point inside the Color Picker Window, you will get a numeric display of the RGBA values of your sampled color at the bottom of the Color Picker Window. The RGB numbers signify the separate color ID and value of the channels R (red), G (green), and Blue (B) of your currently selected color. The number A signifies the current opacity value (Alpha channel) of your currently selected color.
- The Color Slider (F) – The Color Sliders control the color hue of your selected shape.
- The Alpha Slider (G) – The Alpha Slider controls the opacity (the Alpha Channel) of your color. The lower the value is, the more transparent the fill of your shape will be.
- The Hex Field (H) – The Hex Field displays the Hex Value of your selected color. You can copy and paste the Hex Number from this box to save the color information for later use, or manually set a Hex number with the keyboard to change the current color value.
- Color History (I) – Below the Alpha Slider, you can see a palette of six small boxes that display the last six colors that you have used previously.
- Color Palette (J) – You can pick a color while drawing and save it to your customizable color palette as a color or as a gradient.
⚠️ 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.
Color Picker & Color Slider Space
The Color Picker Popover contains two different tabs which allow you to choose a 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 use 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 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 on top of your artwork. Hold and move it around until you find the color you want to sample.
If you have an object already selected, simply tap on the color you want to copy and the eyedropper will apply automatically the chosen color to the selected object.
Personal Color Palette
You can add a new color (or gradient) to your Personal Palette (1), by selecting a shape on the canvas. Then you have to tap on the + button and the color or gradient will be added to your Personal Palette.
Tap and hold on a saved color to Delete it.
If you tap on a saved color on your Personal Palette, while having a shape selected, the color will be automatically applied to your selected shape.
Underneath the Color Picker, you'll find the Color Blending controls (3).
If you select multiple objects (1) with different colors, you can use these buttons to blend the colors of your selected objects horizontally, vertically, or from the back to the front
If you would like to get more information about the different Blend Modes in Vectornator and their influence on the Hue, Saturation, and Color Value of your object, go to the section Images / Blend Modes ->
Also, read our blog on How to Create a Color Palette in Vectornator →
Beneath the Color Blending controls, you can find the Color Adjustment controls. These two buttons allow you to Desaturate (A) or Invert (B) the colors of your selected object.
This feature (A) comes in handy if you want to convert your artwork into black & white in just one step.
Invert (B) allows you to easily check the contrast levels and can help those with impaired vision.
The Gradient Editor
In Vectonator you have two gradient options available to fill an object. You can either select a Linear or a Radial Gradient.
Linear gradients are the most commonly used gradients. In this case, two colors appear at opposite ends of the color spectrum and blend into each other.
Radial gradients blend radially from the central point of an object outwards.
Linear & Radial Gradients
After selecting your shape, tap the Color Well in the Fill section of the Style Tab to open the Color Palette.
You can here either choose a Solid Fill option by tapping the left button or choose the Gradient fill option by tapping the button to the right.
If you tap the Gradient button, below two Gradient Style options will be available to you. If you tap the left button (A) you will choose the Linear Gradient fill option, if you choose the right button (B) you will choose the Radial Gradient fill option.
Tap on one of these options to choose the type of gradient that you wish to apply 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 deselected ones.
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.
Pro Tip – You can apply gradients to stroke paths that were previously converted into shapes using the Outline feature. Watch this video to learn how to do it →
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.
If you want to reverse the direction of your gradient, simply drag the color sliders to their opposite side.
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 the following video with Soodabeh Damavandi (@sooodesign) to learn more about color theory, contrasts, color balance, and where to find inspiration. You will get two bonus tips that will immediately allow you to create customized color palettes in Vectornator.
The Color Widget
Located at the bottom of your Toolbar on the left side of your screen, the Color Widget allows you to change fast and easily the color properties of your selected shape.
With Version 4.5.0 we have created two new additional buttons below the Toolbar. They allow you to select and change easily and fast the Fill (1) and the Stroke (2) colors of your Vector Paths without the need to open the Inspector menu.
Tap the Stroke widget to open the Color Picker. The Stroke Widget can be used exactly the same way as the Color Picker in the Style Tab. The functions and properties are identical to the Color Picker.
Tap the Fill Widget to open the Color Picker. Here you can choose between a Solid and a Gradient Fill.
You can find the Eyedropper at the top left corner of the Color Picker which allows you to pick any color from the canvas. When the Eyedropper is active, a magnifying circle will appear on top of your artwork. Hold and move it around until you find the color you want to sample.
By long-pressing on the widget, a context menu will appear from which we can:
A – Open the Color Picker,
B – Use the Eyedropper,
C – Swap between Fill and Stroke options.
D – Disable the stroke/fill color. When disabled, the circle will appear with a diagonal red line on top.
When the Stroke Color or the Fill Color is disabled in the Color Widget, a diagonal red line will appear on the corresponding circle to show its deactivation.
If you are a Mac user and wish to get additional info on how to use the aforementioned Tools on your Mac device, please go over to our Mac manual for additional information.