When I open an image in Photoshop, I can easily change the color by double clicking on the layer and adding color overlay.

How can I do the same in Illustrator? It doesn't need to be with Color overlay (since I now that there isn't color overlay in Illustrator) Just how do I change the color?


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Its a bit futile to think of illustrator in the same way as Photoshop. They work differently. The concept of layers in illustrator, is a totally different way of looking at the world.

Anyway do this:

  1. Select the layer. Use the round thing next to the layer name, this selects the layer object. Selecting name activates layer, that is a different thing.

    Select layer

    Image 1: Select the layer object (round box next  to name)

  2. In the Appearances panel click add new fill (and possibly stroke or expand it with a pathfinder effect)

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    Image 2: Add new fill

  3. Make the fill the color you want.


Odds are you just want to select all objects and apply a color. Instead of bothering with arcane appearance settings that hardly anybody understands.

  • Fill will not consider opacity like color overlay in Photoshop.
    – kelin
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 18:21
  • @kelin not the same way but same effect can be achieved by manipulating the appearance stack.
    – joojaa
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 18:38
  • do you know, how?
    – kelin
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 22:36
  • Yes, but its a bit messy.
    – joojaa
    Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 4:42

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