I'm just starting Illustrator and when i created my logo, I saw that I can't fill the areas with color or some areas are not like i want them to be and it's just weird how they are filled. Idk how to fix that. I used the Ellipse tool and pen tool to create that logo. Thank you for your help! [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/bdiZ6.png [2]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/h7fBG.png

  • You may benefit from reviewing some of the basic Illustrator tutorials Adobe provides. SEE HERE
    – Scott
    Apr 29, 2021 at 12:11
  • You are trying to fill open paths, that's why it's not working. You need closed paths for the fills to appear in the areas you expect. Watch this tutorial: Adobe Illustrator: Open & closed paths. This is really basic stuff. You need to understand how to walk, before you can run.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 29, 2021 at 15:43

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You are lucky - you work with Illustrator. If you were in Affinity Designer or Inkscape the things would be harder. In Affinity Designer you would need to redraw nearly all to get the wanted fillable areas or at least draw and join numerous new parts to existing curves to get closed shapes. In Inkscape it's often possible to recombine the paths with minimal redrawing, no matter are they open or closed.

My suggestion: Learn how to use Illustrator's Shape Builder tool. It's easy although it's not an effect which could be removed later. It literally builds new closed shapes from existing edge shapes. The edge shapes can as well be open or closed paths.

Other possible tools: Live Paint and the Shaper - more complex, but they do not work destructively.

  • This isn't accurate. In Inkscape at least, there are methods to use boolean operations to do something very similar to Illustrator's Shape Builder. It's a little more complex, but doesn't involve anything radical like having to redraw everything. See my answer here. It's also possible to join several open paths fairly easily, cut paths into pieces, rejoin others etc. No redrawing is required.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 29, 2021 at 16:06

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