Rule summary

This rule changes the fill color of your objects, e.g. cells, graphics or charts.

The Fill rule changes the color of a visualization; almost invariably the background color. Some examples are:

  • The cells of a Visual Grid
  • Shapes contained inside the cells of a Visual Grid
  • Icons contained inside the cells of a Visual Grid
  • Chart artifacts, such as bars, lines, and funnels, either contained inside the cells of a Visual Grid or in a Grunt Chart

The list above is not exhaustive - there are many other instances where the Fill rule is useful. Generally, if your aim is to change the color of something, your best bet is to use the Fill rule. Keep in mind that there are some minor exceptions, such as font color (which is changed using the Character style rule).


The Fill rule has one property - the Color - and one advanced setting called Blending mode. To change the color, click the currently active color. A color palette selector shows up.

The Blending mode is how your chosen color blends with the background color. By default, the blending mode is "None", meaning that the Fill rule will not blend your color with the background color.

Fill conditional 

Fill lightness

Fill darkness

Fill alternating

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