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Hour 5. Making Selections and Using Layers > Stroking and Filling Selections

Stroking and Filling Selections

No matter how you’ve made your selections, you have the option of filling or stroking them to make them objects in their own right. Let’s say I need to draw some abstract shapes to use as part of a logo. I can use any of the selection tools to select a shape, and then Elements can turn the selection into an object by filling it with color or pattern, or stroking it with a colored line.

The Stroke and Fill commands are both found under the Edit menu. Filling places your choice of color, gray, or a pattern into the selected shape. Stroking places a line, of whatever color and thickness you determine, over the selection marquee. In Figure 5.14, I’m preparing to fill a complex shape with gray. Create a selection using your tools of choice. If you want to fill the selection with a particular color, click the Foreground or Background icon at the bottom of the toolbox, and select a color from the Color Picker. Then choose Edit, Fill.


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