The Fill toot

The Fill tool is a great timesaver when you need to fill large areas of a drawing with black. Now, you accomplish in one click what would have required several passes with markers of various sizes. When you're on a bit of a deadline, you'll find that this is a nice tool to have around.

jq To access the Fill tool, you can press G or click the Fill tool icon in the Tools fV palette. When selected, the cursor changes into a paint bucket when you hover it over the page. All you need to do now is pick a part of your drawing that's completely enclosed and click inside that area. The area is automatically filled with black.

You can adjust the settings of the Fill tool by using the Tool Options palette. (Press F3 if the palette isn't visible.) To adjust the Fill tool, follow these steps:

1. (Manga Studio EX Only) To restrict the fill to an area with gaps, select the Close Path check box and enter a value between 0,0 mm and 1.0 mm.

Sometimes an area you want to fill isn't completely closed off. To prevent the Fill tool from going beyond what you intend to fill, use the Close Path option. The Fill tool treats any size up to the value you enter as a border and doesn't fill beyond it.

2. To have the fill affect all visible layers, select the All Layers check box.

This option is useful if you happen to have multiple inking layers, as shown in Figure 10-7. The fill tool treats each layer as if there's only one. This way, you can fill any open area you want that's created by intersecting lines, regardless of what layer the lines may be on.

Figure 10-7:

Filling a section with All Layers off and on.

Figure 10-7:

Filling a section with All Layers off and on.

Unfilled shapes

Shapes filled with the All Layers check box deselected

Shapes filled with the All Layers check box selected

3. (8-bit layers only) To change how the Fill tool treats gray or partially transparent lines, enter a value between 0 and 99 in the Allowable Error in Color text box.

By default, the fill tool treats only black lines as a border. Anything lighter than 100% opacity is filled over.

Adjusting the Allowable Error value affects how the Fill tool treats a gray line as a border. The lower the value, the lighter the gray line can be, as shown in Figure 10-8.

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