Applying fills to areas

You can apply fills to any enclosed area by using the Smart fill tool. Unlike other fill tools, which fill only objects, the Smart fill tool detects the edges of an area and creates a closed path so that the area can be filled. For example, if you draw a freehand line that crosses over itself to create loops, the Smart fill tool can detect the edges of the loops and fill them. As long as the paths of one or more objects completely enclose an area, it can be filled.

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In the example above, the original spiral object is duplicated and offset, resulting in enclosed areas that can be filled by using the Smart fill tool.

Because the Smart fill tool creates a path around the area, it essentially creates a new object that can be filled, moved, copied, or edited. This means the tool can be used in one of two ways: to fill an area or to create a new object from an area.

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Although primarily used to fill areas, the Smart fill tool can also be used to create new objects. In the example above, the original objects — the two spirals (left) — are deleted (right), but the fill remains because each filled area is actually an object.

You can apply the default fill and outline to the area, use the property bar to specify a specific fill color and outline, or create an outline with no fill.

When you use the Smart fill tool on areas that already have fills applied to them, remember the following:

An object with transparency applied to it is considered completely transparent —paths under any area of the object are detected, regardless of whether the specific area appears opaque.
PostScript fills are considered transparent — paths under any area of a PostScript fill are detected.
All fills other than PostScript fills are considered opaque — paths under these fills are not detected.

To apply a fill to any enclosed area

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In the toolbox, click the Smart fill tool CorelDRAW pgx smart fill tool Applying fills to areas.
On the property bar, choose one of the following options from the Fill options list box:
Specify — lets you fill the area with a solid color by choosing a color from the Fill Color color picker on the property bar
Use default — lets you fill the area with the Fill tool default setting
No fill — applies no fill to the area
From the Outline options box, choose one of the following options:
Use default — lets you apply the default outline setting
Specify — lets you choose a line width from the Outline width box and a line color from the Outline color color picker
No outline — applies no outline to the area
Click inside the enclosed area that you want to fill.
A new object is created from the enclosed area, and the current fill and outline styles are applied to it. The new object appears on top of the existing objects in the layer.

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If you click outside an enclosed area, a new object is created from all objects on the page, and the fill and outline properties are applied to the new object.
The outline width is centered on an object’s path. Because the Smart fill tool detects paths, not outlines, thick outlines appear partially covered by the new object. You can uncover the original outlines by changing the stacking order of the objects. For information about changing the stacking order of objects, see “To change the order of an object.”

Applying fills to areas