You can apply a variety of colors, gradients, and textures to any selected shape or group of shapes.
First, select the shapes you want to change by clicking on them. To select multiple shapes, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on each shape. If you want to modify all shapes in a diagram, go to the Select command under the Home tab and choose "Select All Shapes."
Once your shape or shapes are selected, you can choose from the options under the Fill menu in the Home tab.
To make picking color easier, this menu will show recent fill colors first then a selection of theme colors that coordinate with the current color scheme you have chosen.
Set a Custom Fill Color
If you want more refined color control, click on More Colors to bring up a color wheel or to enter a specific RGB value.
The opacity slider defines the opacity/transparency of the shape. The more transparent the shape, the more the underlying background or other shapes will show through it. When opacity is at 100% the shape is not transparent. When opacity is set to 0% the shape is completely transparent and only the text and the border is visible.
Opacity at 100%
Opacity at 50%
Opacity at 0%
Setting a Gradient Fill Color
You can also apply a gradient fill color. To do so, click on Home->Fill->Gradient to bring up a dialog of gradient options.
There are a few professionally designed gradients to choose from. You can also set the direction and choose linear or radial style.
If you want to create your own gradient, you can choose two custom colors at the bottom of the Gradient dialog.
Using a Texture Fill
To apply a texture fill to a shape, select the "Textures" option from the Fill menu under the Home tab.
SmartDraw comes with a number of different photo-realistic textures built in from textiles and flowers to construction finishes like brick, granite, metal, tiles, wood, and stones.
Clicking on the "Edit" button in the Texture dialog will bring up some options for how your texture will be applied.
For example, setting the texture scale to be smaller than 100% will reduce the size of repeating pattern.
You can also choose the where the texture is applied from.
By default, textures are applied from the top left of the shape. You can choose another location by clicking Edit and setting the Alignment in the "Set Texture Application Parameters" dialog.
Changing where the pattern starts will produce slight cosmetic variations.
Compare the same texture applied from top left vs center.
Adding a Hash
Instead of a fill color, you can fill a shape with a geometric pattern called a Hatch.
Unlike textures, hatch patterns are created with native lines. So their color is determined by the current line color.
First, make sure your shape has no fill color or that the line is a different color than the current fill color.
You can set your Fill color to none by choosing "No Fill".
Next, in the same Fill menu, click on Hatch to make your selection.
Choose the hatch pattern that meets your needs and click OK.
Because hatches are created using lines, changing the fill color doesn't change the hatch on your shape. To remove the Hatch, select "No Hatch". To change the color of the Hatch, go to the Line menu under the Home tab and choose a different color.