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Task: Painting Fills

In this task you explore the basic features and some rather advanced features of fills. Here are the steps to follow:

In a new file use the Pencil tool to draw a few large circles. Make sure that at least one is totally closed, one is almost closed, and the other is obviously not closed, as shown in Figure 2.7.

Figure 2.7. Three hand-drawn circles that will be filled.

Select the Paint Bucket tool. Notice that the Options section has two buttons: Gap Size and Lock Fill (see Figure 2.8). For now you'll explore only Gap Size (but Lock Fill is covered in Hour 4 when you learn about gradients).

Figure 2.8. The Paint Bucket tool has a Gap Size option that controls the tool's tolerance.

If you click with the Paint Bucket tool in an empty part of the Stage, nothing happens. The Paint Bucket tool fills closed shapes with the selected fill color (the swatch next to the small paint bucket in the Colors section of the toolbox). It also changes the fill of any fill already created. Change the Gap Size to Close Large Gaps. Adjusting the Gap Size should enable you to fill all your circles—even if they are not totally closed.

Select the Brush tool and draw a quick line. Because you've used the Brush tool, it's really a fill (not a line), despite the fact it may look like a line.

Now, choose a new fill color by clicking and holding the color fill color swatch (from the Colors section of the Tools panel). Then select the Paint Bucket and fill the shape you just drew with the Brush. Not only can the Paint Bucket change the colors of the filled circles you've already filled, but it can also change the color of fills created with the Brush tool.

Now look at the Brush tool's Options area. The two drop-down lists that appear the same are actually quite different. The top one (Brush Size) controls the brush's tip size. On the other hand, the Brush Shape option controls the brush's tip shape. For example, you can have a calligraphy look with the angled tip, as shown in Figure 2.9. Lock Fill is covered in Hour 4, but the other option, Brush Mode, is very interesting and is covered in the next step.

Figure 2.9. The Brush Shape option affects the style of your drawings. Here's a calligraphy effect using the angled Brush Shape.

Figure 2.10 demonstrates each Brush Mode. You can try one now. Select the Paint Inside Brush Mode to experiment with it. Either use the closed circles you drew earlier or draw a few more with the Pencil tool. Make sure you have the Brush tool selected (notice that the Brush Mode remains where you last left it); then click and paint inside one of your circles. Try painting outside the lines. If you start painting inside the circle, the Paint Inside Brush Mode prevents you from spilling any paint outside the shape! With Paint Inside selected, if you first click outside the shape, nothing happens.



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