The idea is to fill an area by coloring the fabric behind the embroidery. Usually, this means that only the outline is embroidered, with some details added. However, tinting isn't only for coloring inside the lines. Many artists use this technique to create spectacular backgrounds, borders, and accents for their embroidery work.
If you have a corner or turn that makes it really awkward not to change direction, you can either color using curved lines or color using very small circles instead of lines. Just keep in mind that how you color will always be visible and will create the appearance of texture.