Think Bigger From EdrawMax User Guide

Fill Format

With EdrawMax’s Fill Format functionality, you can change the color of any shape and object.

Step 1: Create a shape or an object in your EdrawMax canvas. For this section, we have created a rectangle from Home > Shape > Rectangle.

rectangle shape insertion

Step 2: On the right sidebar, you will find three sections - Fill, Line, and Shadow. By default, the Fill panel is selected.

No Fill

If you do not want to fill the shape with any color or you wish to remove the color from the previously created shape, click the No Fill radio button.

no fill color option

When you choose No Fill, the fill color of the shape will automatically become the same as the background color.

Solid Fill

If you want to add a solid color to your box, click the Solid Fill radio button. From this section, choose any Color you want to fill. You can also modify the Shade/Tint and Transparency of the filled color.

solid fill color option

Color: Click the Color option and select Recently Used Colors, Standard Colors, More Colors, Eyedropper, and No Fill.

recently used color option

You can select from the available colors. Otherwise, you can click More Color options to create a custom color of your choice or use Eyedropper to select the color from an image.

more color option

Shade/Tint: Once you have chosen a color, you can change the value of Shade/Tint. The higher the value (from 0 to 100%), the lighter the selected color is. On the other hand, the lower the value is (from 0 to -100%), the darker the selected color is.

Transparency: Move the Transparency slider or input the numbers in the number box to see how transparent you want your shape to be. In this case, -- 0 would signify fully opaque, while 100% signifies fully transparent.

Gradient Fill

If you want to add a gradient color to your box, click the Gradient Fill, or Single color gradient fill radio buttons.

gradient color option

From this section, you get multiple options, like:

  • Type: Choose between Linear gradient, Radial gradient, and Rectangle gradient.
  • Direction: Choose the required gradient Direction.
  • Angle: Modify the Angle of the gradient.
  • Gradient stops: Use () to add different gradient stops. Click ( ) to remove the gradient stops.

Note: The settings of Color, Shade/Tint, and Transparency in Gradient Fill are used to modify only the gradient stops. These settings will not make any change to the overall fill of the shape.

EdrawMax also lets you create non-linear gradients. For instance, if you want to create a gradient that goes from blue to yellow and to red, you need to add three gradient stops -- one for each. The gradient fill is made up of several gradient stops but can change only one gradient stop at a time.

Pattern Fill

If you want to add some shades or patterns to your shapes, go ahead with the Pattern Fill. This coloring method is very helpful when you are creating extensive floor plans.

Step 1: To set the pattern, fill in the shape, select the shape from the canvas > click on Pattern Fill on the Style pane.

pattern fill color option

Here, you will find a bunch of options to modify the Pattern fill colors, like:

  • Hatch: Hatch provides you with multiple hatch fills from the drop-down menu of the shape.
  • Foreground: It helps you select the foreground color for the shape, adjusting shade/tint value and transparency value to make desired changes.
  • Background: It helps in selecting the background color of the shape and adjusting shade/tint value and transparency value to make desired changes.

Note: The settings of Color, Shade/Tint, and Transparency in Gradient Fill are used to modify Pattern fill, not for the overall fill of the shape.

Picture or Texture Fill

If you plan to set a picture, fill in a shape, click on any shape from the EdrawMax canvas > click on Picture or texture fill on the Fill pane.

picture fill option
  • You can select from different preset texture options that you can directly apply to your shape.
  • Click on File to directly insert a file from your system.

Note: The system currently supports the import of all image formats, like *.bmp, *.jpb, *.gif, *.png, *.ico, *.pbm, *.ppm, *.pgm, *.tif, *.tiff.