Using Color and Style

In the following tutorial we will be looking at the different ways to go about styling items in your project.

Example Path

For the examples in this tutorial we will be using a checkmark shaped path which we create using the following code:

Please note:

To find out how to create paths with Paper.js, please read the Working with Path Items tutorial.

Stroke Color

To add a stroke to our path, we need to set its strokeColor property.

The following example shows how to set the stroke color of the path we created earlier to the color red, using a hexidecimal string (Also known from HTML CSS Styles):


The hexadecimal color code is automatically converted to a Color object.

The color can also be set using an Color object directly. In the following code we set an RGB color with 50% red, 0% green and 50% blue:

Please note:

In Paper.js color component values range from 0 to 1.

Fill Color

Fill color works exactly the same way as stroke color. In the following example we will create a path with a red fill color:


Stroke Width

To change the stroke width of an item, you can change its strokeWidth property.

In the following example we give the path a red stroke of 10 pt:


Stroke Cap

To change the shape of the start and the end of a path, you can change its strokeCap property to either 'round', 'square' or 'butt':


Stroke Join

To change the shape of the corners in a path, you can change its strokeJoin property to either 'miter', 'round' or 'bevel':


Dashed Stroke

To create a dashed stroke, you can change the dashArray property of an item. The following code produces a dashed stroke with a 10pt dash and a 12pt gap:


The PathStyle Object

Every item also has an property which is an object containing only style properties.

We can use this to copy the style properties of one item to another. The following example first creates a circle shaped path and assigns it a stroke color. Then another circle shaped path is created and we assign it the style of the first path:


The property also comes in handy for setting multiple style properties in one go.

In the following example we create an object containing a number of style properties and pass it to the item's style property to set them all in one go:


Removing Styles

To remove any kind of path style, just pass null to the property:

var path = new Path.Circle({
	center: new Point(50, 50),
	radius: 50
path.fillColor = 'red';

// Set the fillColor to null to remove it:
path.fillColor = null;

To remove all style settings from a path, pass null to its style property:

var path = new Path.Circle({
	center: [50, 50],
	radius: 50
}); = null;

Working with the Current Style of the Project

As I mentioned earlier, all newly created items automatically receive the currently active path style properties as defined in the Illustrator interface. We can also change these through code by using currentStyle.

currentStyle is the PathStyle object of the project and contains the currently active style properties such as fillColor and strokeColor.

The following example changes the current style of the project, then creates a path which inherits that style. Then it changes only the strokeWidth and creates another path.