How can I randomly color paths?

I have a couple hundred paths in one image.

Example of many paths

Is there a tool in Illustrator that would allow me to select a few (10) colors, and then using those colors to randomly fill all my paths.

An example would be a military camouflage pattern

There’s a tool in Illustrator called Recolor Artwork (However I don’t believe that this solves my dilemma)

Recolor Artwork Symbol

Recolor Artwork Panel

I’m not exactly sure how this tool works. I believe that it recolors the artwork, meaning that if all of your paths are already colored in, you can “randomly” change their colors.

I’m looking for a way to do the first step (once I have all my paths filled, I can use the Recolor Artwork in order to change hues etc.)


So I’ve found multiple different scripts that accomplish this (and they do it quite well), but I’m still curious if there’s a way to do it within Illustrator, since running the scripts is kind of a hassle – and if I want to reset my colors, I have to do it again. (is there a way I can make it into an action?)


There is a free script from Vector boom which accomplishes this task.

mySelection = app.activeDocument.selection;
myDoc = app.activeDocument;
if (mySelection instanceof Array)
    selSwatches = myDoc.swatches.getSelected();
    if(selSwatches.length != 0)
        for (i=0; i<mySelection.length; i++)
            if(mySelection[i].typename == "PathItem" || mySelection[i].typename == "CompoundPathItem")
                selItem = mySelection[i];
                selItem.filled = true;

                swatchIndex = Math.round( Math.random() * (selSwatches.length - 1 ));
                if(selItem.typename == "PathItem")
                    selItem.fillColor = selSwatches[swatchIndex].color;
                    selItem.pathItems[0].fillColor = selSwatches[swatchIndex].color;

You can also easily change fillColor to strokeColor (which I did and now have 2 independent scripts, one for each)

Script usage:

  • Select your paths to be filled

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  • Ctrl + click and select all your swatches you want to use

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  • Run the script


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