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Chapter 4. Complex Graphics on a Single Layer > When Lines and Fills Interact

When Lines and Fills Interact

Even the invisible outlines that describe painted brushstroke fills can cut other lines. This means that when you draw lines over fills, you can wind up with lots of little segments.

To see how a fill segments a line:

1.
In the Stroke panel, do the following:

  • Set the line style to Solid.

  • Set the line weight to 4 points.

  • Set the color to red.

2.
In the Toolbox, choose the pencil tool.

3.
On the Stage, draw a line.

4.
Return to the Toolbox, and choose the brush tool.

5.
Click the fill-color box (in the Toolbox or in the Fill panel), and from the pop-up swatch set, choose blue.

6.
On the Stage, paint a brushstroke that intersects your line twice.

The brush stroke remains one solid object, but the line turns into three separate segments (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.2. When a fill overlays a line, the fill segments the line. As the selection highlighting shows, the fill remains one solid object.


To see how a line segments a fill:

1.
In the Toolbox, choose the brush tool.

2.
Click the fill-color box (in the Toolbox or the Stroke panel), and from the pop-up swatch set, choose red.

3.
On the Stage, paint a brushstroke.

4.
Return to the Toolbox, and choose the pencil tool.

5.
In the Stroke panel, do the following:

  • Set the stroke color to blue.

  • Set the line thickness to 4 points.

  • From the Line Style pop-up menu, choose Solid.

6.
On the Stage, draw a line that intersects your brushstroke twice.

The line cuts the brushstroke into three segments; the invisible outline of the brushstroke cuts the line into five separate segments (Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.3. When a line overlays a fill, the line cuts the fill and the fill's invisible outline cuts the line.


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