9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2014 7:01 PM by Preran RSS

    Fill shape drawn with pen tool

    jloliver2 Community Member

      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.

        • 1. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
          chris georgenes CommunityMVP

          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.

          • 2. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
            tomsza Community Member

            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.

            • 3. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
              chris georgenes CommunityMVP

              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.

              • 4. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                tomsza Community Member

                <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.

                • 5. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                  jloliver2 Community Member

                  Thanks for your help.  I tried what you suggested but the union selection was grayed out.  I was in the drawing object mode.  But after fooling with it for a bit the following worked (I'm still not sure why):

                   

                  I double clicked on the object with the selection tool.

                  I then selected a fill color in the property panel and it filled in.

                   

                  However, I cannot replicate this.  I tried drawing another shape with the pen tool and cannot fill it in.  I tried converting it to a symbol and that did not work either.  I must have done something to the original shape that allowed me to fill it in last time I fooled with it.

                  • 6. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                    tomsza Community Member

                    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.

                    • 7. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                      DabobBay Community Member

                      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

                      • 8. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                        Brony Magic Productions Community Member

                        I was having this same problem. And I figured it out.

                         

                        First Select your outlines that you made with your Direct Selection Tool. (A)

                        Next (Hold) Shift and select the (drop down menu arrow) next to the Fill box above your artwork.

                        Now simply select your color and it should automatically fill if everything is closed off.

                         

                        Or

                         

                        Select everything again and hover your mouse pointer over to the right-hand side and select your color of choice if the color window is showing.

                         

                        Hope this helps man!

                        • 9. Re: Fill shape drawn with pen tool
                          Preran Employee Hosts

                          Hi brony magic productions,

                           

                          Thank you for sharing your solution with us.

                           

                          Thanks,

                          Preran