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[Inkscape] - I can't fill in my layers

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Old August 10th, 2014 Aug 10, 2014 7:00:37 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default I can't fill in my layers

In another thread, someone suggested that Inkscape is better than Gimp for the sizing of images.

The issue I'm having is with the paint tools - the dropper and the bucket. The color looks way off from the color I choose with the paint dropper.

Sometimes only splotches of areas are filled in with the bucket. Or sometimes only lines appear instead of the fill color. What am I doing wrong?

I'm having the same issues whether or not I'm using layers.

Somebody please help me with this.

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Old August 10th, 2014 Aug 10, 2014 9:44:04 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: I can't fill in my layers

I think most members here would tell you this, I just happened to do so before the others. The two tools are VERY different in nature.

Inkscape deals with paths, curves and nodes:
Gimp deals with pixels, (dots):
It helps to know the fundamental difference, as this impacts ones thinking and practices. Here is a start: An explanation of Raster vs Vector - Graphic Design Forum

For example the bucket tool in Gimp colors the pixels in a selection. The bucket tool in Inkscape colors the interior of a closed path or shape. If you import a raster or bitmap image into Inkscape and try the bucket tool it would do something very different, it tries to make a new object/path.

If you are trying to edit a vector graphics, you need a vector editor. If you are trying to edit a raster graphic you need a raster editor. There can be some bleed over. Inkscape is capable of resizing a raster graphics, but for the most part use the right tool for the job.

The splotches you are seeing I am guessing are due to the fact that the inkscape bucket tool is also a smart fill tool.

"Paint Bucket Tool: (U) The Paint Bucket Tool works like any other paint bucket tool, it floods areas with color. The Paint Bucket Tool also works much like its equivalent in Illustrator. It can flood-fill in between objects, creating new objects. The Paint Bucket Tool is also sensitive to bitmap areas or raster objects. It’s smart enough to flood-fill in an area of a raster object and create a new object based on that area. The Paint Bucket Tool can also be applied to vector objects, creating duplicates with a different color.

With the bucket tool select there are a number of options near the top that appear to set the sensitive and behavior of the bucket tool.

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Default Re: I can't fill in my layers

Thanks for the detailed answer. I think I figured out what I was doing incorrectly.

I had more than one layer up when I was using the fill tool. And though I had the layer up that I wanted to fill, I had a different layer selected.

Also, it seems that I can only have the layer that I want to fill on the screen, not any others, or the layer will not fill in correctly even if its selected.

This is a discussion about I can't fill in my layers that was posted in the Graphics and Design Help section of the forums.

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