This tutorial covers the Fill options on the Format Shape/Format Picture window. (Click here for an overview of the other formatting options on this window.)

The fill options let you fill shapes and captions with colors, textures, patterns, or pictures. You can also add a fill to an image, but it'll only be visible if the image has a transparent background. Similarly, you can add a fill to a character, but it'll only affect the background area behind the character. (If you want to recolor an entire image or character, use the picture  formatting options instead.)

To fill an object, click one of the options listed on the Fill tab. Each option is described below.

No Fill

This removes any fill from the object. Anything behind the object will show through, since it has no fill.

Solid Fill

This applies a single color to the object. Use the Color selector to choose from the available Theme Colors and Standard Colors. (The theme colors are controlled by your quiz’s design theme.) For even more flexibility, choose More Colors. This opens the Colors window, where you can do any of the following:

  • Click the color you want (either a square color swatch or a color in the spectrum area).
  • Create a custom color by entering color values in the Hue/Sat/Lum fields, the Red/Green/Blue fields, or the Html field.
  • Use Quizmaker's color picker to choose a custom color from anything visible on your screen. To do that, click the eyedropper button in the lower right corner, hover over any area of your screen, and click to choose that color.

If the color you've chosen is something you want to save for easy selection later, click Add to Custom Colors. The color will get added to the bank of Custom Colors in the lower left corner. When you're finished, click OK to close the window.

Gradient Fill

This applies a gradient, which is a fill composed of a series of colors that blend into one another.

Use the Preset colors selector to choose from several ready-made gradients, or use the other fields on the window to create your own gradient.

  1. Type: Choose Linear, Radial, Rectangular, or Path. (Path means that the path of the gradient follows the perimeter of the object.)
  2. Direction: If you chose anything but Path for the gradient type, use the Direction field to choose one of the preset directions.
  3. Angle: If you chose Linear for the gradient type, this selector lets you specify the angle of the gradient.
  4. Gradient Stops: Use a gradient stop for each color in your gradient. You can add and remove gradient stops by clicking Add or Remove. For each gradient stop, choose:
    • Stop position: Drag the slider or enter a percentage to indicate where you want the new color to start.
    • Color: Choose from the colors shown, or select More Colors to choose a custom color.
    • Transparency: Drag the slider or enter a percentage.
    • Rotate with shape: Mark this box to keep the gradient aligned to the object’s orientation if the object is rotated.

Picture or Texture Fill

This fills the object with a texture or image.

Use the following options to customize the texture or picture fill.

  • Texture: Use this selector to choose one of the built-in texture choices.
  • Insert from: If you’d prefer to use an image of your own rather than a built-in texture, click File to browse to the image, or click Clipboard to use the current contents of your clipboard.
  • Tile picture as texture: This affects the way the image or texture gets tiled (repeated) within your object. If you don’t mark this box, the image will stretch to fill the object. If you do mark this box, Quizmaker will tile multiple copies of the same image as a texture within the object. Depending on your choice, you’ll see different options below the check box.

    If you tile the picture as a texture, you’ll see these options: If you don’t tile the picture as a texture, you’ll see the following. (Higher percentages will stretch the fill away from the indicated edge; lower numbers stretch it toward the indicated edge. For example. if you increase the Left percentage, the fill will stretch rightward, away from the left edge.)
  • Transparency: Drag the slider or enter a percentage.
  • Rotate with shape: Mark this box to keep the fill aligned to the object’s orientation if the object is rotated.

Pattern Fill

This applies a patterned fill to the selected object.

Choose one of the patterns shown. Then use the Foreground Color and Background Color selectors to choose from the available colors. (The Theme Colors are controlled by your quiz’s design theme.) If you don’t see the color you want, choose More Colors to specify a custom color.

Slide Background Fill

This fills the selected object with whatever has been applied to the background of the slide. For help customizing the slide background, see this tutorial.