I downloaded a vector image from ShutterStock and edited it to the colors as shown. I want to make the inside of each shape the same color, but about a 50% opacity level, but can't in its current state as the inside of the shapes are part of a transparent background.

How can I convert these transparent areas within the colored shapes so I can adjust the coloring inside the shape for Illustrator?

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    Use the Live Paint Bucket tool and just click.
    – Scott
    Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 21:14

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Just like @Scott has simply put it, the Live Paint Bucket tool will help you pull it off. Let me try to expound it for you.

1. I tried to recreate your Vector, composed of two compound parts, the Red petals(Rose) and Green leaves and stalk(Stalk). enter image description here

2. Select the Rose path, and then choose the Live Paint Bucket from the Tools panel or shortcut key K. Make sure you select a contrasting Fill. Then Hover over the Insides of the Rose and click away. Note that the 'Rose' compound path is converted into a 'Live Paint' Group in the layers panel.

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3. Go to Menu (Object > Expand) to expand the Live Paint group. Make sure the Object, Fill and Stroke options are all selected.

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4. Use the Direct Selection Tool A to select one painted path inside the group, go to Menu (Select > Same > Fill Color), then group these paths Ctr + G. Do the same for the outside colored paths.

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4. Change the color of the inside group to match the outside (Eyedropper Tool I) and change its opacity to 50%.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 on the Stalk compound element.


Another solution is to select the petals and use "Divide" tool in the "Pathfinder". enter image description here

You can now select the transparent part that you want to color by moving an anchor point of the initially colored element with arrow keys. Then select the transparent element by double-clicking it with the selection tool. enter image description here

Now you can select the color you want for the transparent element and move back (arrow keys again) the anchor point to its original place. enter image description here

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