I have a vector which has some empty regions. I am not sure how to fill some specific empty regions since I can't make a selection, and also the 'image trace' is disabled. In this example, I want to make the pole red.

I am a newbie in AI.

The .ai file can be found here: vector_problem.ai

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You can select your path and Right click → Release Compound Path (Alt+Shift+Ctrl+8).

This will break away the cutout back to it's own shape which can then be filled.

releasing compound path and filling individual paths

  • yes yes yes great stuff!! Mar 26, 2019 at 12:10
  • which software did you use to produce that gif? Mar 26, 2019 at 12:11
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    ScreenToGif, I love it, it's really awesome and easy!
    – Welz
    Mar 26, 2019 at 12:12

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