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jloliver2
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Fill shape drawn with pen tool

Jan 31, 2010 12:40 AM

There are three posts dealing with this issue and each time the person who posted the problem said they figured it out but did not say what they did.  Here is the problem:

 

I draw a shape with the pen tool in Flash CS4.  I made sure the shape was closed.  But, I cannot fill the shape no matter what.  Paint bucket tool does not work.  Whatever I do, I get the red diagonal line on the fill color.  I can fill a shape with the rectangle or oval tools but not the pen tool.

 

Please help.  Thanks.

 
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    Feb 3, 2010 9:09 AM   in reply to jloliver2

    So you are unable to even select a fill color? So it is not a line or bucket problem - it is a problem with the ability to select a fill color in the first place? Can you upload the FLA? This just happens with shapes drawn with the pen tool? Weird.

     
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    Feb 4, 2010 10:45 AM   in reply to jloliver2

    Try this:

     

    Select your drawn object with Selection Tool, then select Modify/Combine Objects/Union. Now you should be able to change/add a fill color.

     
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    Feb 4, 2010 10:53 AM   in reply to tomsza

    That would make sense if:

    Object Drawing Mode was turned on and if the shape was made up of more than 1 stroke segment (right?). But that wasn't how the original poster explained it - but it does make sense. You could also break all the line segments apart as well.

     
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    Feb 4, 2010 12:25 PM   in reply to chris georgenes

    <But that wasn't how the original poster explained it>

     

    Sounds like my experience. I tried making a vector object with the Pen Tool (like I've done a billion times before in Illustrator) only to not be able to select a fill. Changing the outline color and stroke was fine. It's almost like even though it's a closed path, it/they (vector segments) needed to be closed (Union) again.

     
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    Feb 5, 2010 9:02 AM   in reply to jloliver2

    I think I finally figured it out. Vector lines/objects that are not closed will not fill. When you're going to finish/close the line object, it might not close. Even though the Pen Tool shows the little circle indicating you are over the end point. It appears to me this is due to a Snap selection. Try closing your vector line objects with all Snap options unselected or only Snap to Objects selected. This is working for me now without flaw.

     
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    May 10, 2011 6:49 PM   in reply to tomsza

    I created a closed object with the line tool, using the snap button, but could not fill it. I resorted to a union, fill and break apart. I am using Fred Gerantabee's book on Flash CS5 and he says ithis work, but it does not in my hands.

     

    While I at complaining,  the pen tool is over done. Why not implement adding, removing and moving control points by holding down keys, control, command etc. and clicking with the mouse.

     

    Dabob

     
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