I have created a circle and divided it into 4 sections via the pen tool.

My problem is that I am unable to completely fill the 4 sections in 2 different colors. Section 1 & 3 need to be completely in green while section 2 & 4 completely in blue. Right now what I am getting is clear in the attached image. What is the best possible solution to add color as required? Adding screenshot of the layers I am using as well.

I started using illustrator 2 days ago and one of the first things I have learnt is the pen tool and how to create such a circle in it hence quite new to this tool and domain :)enter image description hereenter image description here

As per the first solution provided by WELZ I was able to get the desired color in segment 2 but 1,3 & 4 get colored by the same color when I want to add color to them individually as instructed in WELZ's solution.

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The reason I'm adding another answer, is that this doesn't answer the question, but is a much simpler way to (symmetrically) create the shape you are making:

(This method would also avoid the issue in the first place)

  1. Create your circle using the Ellipse Tool
  2. Duplicate your circle and resize it to 50% Now create 4 clones of this smaller shape (Ctrl+C : Ctrl+F) x4
  3. Move your 4 shapes 1 in each direction (to line up with the end of the bigger circle)
  4. Select the shapes and use the shape builder tool to combine them by the dotted lines, so that it looks like;
  5. [Shape Builder Result]
  6. Change the shapes to desired color

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Since in my example I had the swirls running the opposite direction, here it is in the correct direction (just join them in the other direction - or if it's too late you can just reflect it)

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  • Note: my shapes are (point) counter-clockwise, in your original it is clockwise, this can easily be fixed by either changing the lines you combine or if too late you can just use the reflect tool.
    – Welz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 22:52
  • for a new comer like me this solution is much much better than your previous solution though that worked as well but I am going to go with this :) Thanks for the assist!
    – shahz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 23:22

This is only a direct solution to the above mentioned problem, for a better way to create the shape, see my other answer.

It seems that since your shapes aren't completed shapes, it's not filling it properly.

First use the Divide tool in pathfinder to break up and separate your shapes:

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Window > Pathfinder (Ctrl/Command+Shift+F9)

I would then use the shape builder tool (Shift+M)

Just Select all Objects (Ctrl/Command+A) and click and drag to connect (join) the shapes.

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Note: You can use the shape builder tool in place for step 1. Just select all and Click each shape instead of click+drag


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  • I have updated the question as I faced an issue while using your solution.
    – shahz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 22:37
  • You can easily change the color (however you'd like) after you combine the shapes.
    – Welz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 22:39
  • I divided the shapes as instructed but how do i combine the shapes?
    – shahz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 22:42
  • actually found the error there was space between the anchor points in segment 1, 3 and 4 hence the error. Once I overlapped the points I was able to color them as per your solution :)
    – shahz
    Jan 1, 2018 at 22:49
  • that GIF is quite satisfying...., upvoted for showing what the shape builder tool does
    – brandito
    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:38

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