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I don't have options for filling shapes when I choose the vector flood tool. I've used it on this version of AffDesign2 within the last couple of months. All of a sudden the fill options are missing.

Here's a shot of my screen when I've selected that tool. There should be fill options available.

What am I missing?

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Hi @bruceful, and welcome to the forums,

Your screenshot appears to show all the options for the Vector Flood Fill Tool, which options do you believe are missing? Also, just checking that you're not thinking about the fill options available with the Gradient Tool.

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5 minutes ago, bruceful said:

There should be a pull down with options once the fill tool is selected.

It should be on the Context Toolbar, but you didn't give us a complete screenshot so we can't really be sure what you have.

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Thanks for confirming that @bruceful - it sounds like you should be using the Gradient Tool for this, not the Vector Flood Fill Tool, which is currently active in your screenshot.

Please click on the small arrow in the bottom right of the Transparency Tool icon (the wine glass) and you will see the Gradient Tool is available here.

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With the Gradient Tool selected, you should see the relevant Fill options on the Context Toolbar, including the Bitmap fill option.

I hope this helps :)

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11 hours ago, bruceful said:

It's hard to know,

Without a more complete screenshot (complete application window), it's perhaps impossible to know. 

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On 11/16/2023 at 4:52 PM, walt.farrell said:

It should be on the Context Toolbar

According to the description "There should be fill options available" and "There should be a pull down with options", it really looks like a Gradient Tool.

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41 minutes ago, Pšenda said:

According to the description "There should be fill options available" and "There should be a pull down with options", it really looks like a Gradient Tool.

Both the OP's screenshot and mine are of the Vector Flood Fill Tool's Context Toolbar. I simply showed more of it.

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27 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

I simply showed more of it.

Yes, but it still doesn't include "fill options" and "pull down with options".

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On 11/16/2023 at 9:52 AM, walt.farrell said:

It should be on the Context Toolbar, but you didn't give us a complete screenshot so we can't really be sure what you have.

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Walt, is your screenshot from the Mac or Windows version? I ask because on my Mac there is no "Set Bitmap Fill" text to the right of the SBF button, although it comes up as a tooltip if I hover the pointer over the button.

But regardless, there is no dropdown like the OP is asking about so perhaps that is being confused with the Gradient Tool?

Apart from that, it is a bit inconsistent that for instance the Context toolbar for the Vector Flood Fill tool shows the tool name on the left but for the Gradient Tool the tool name is not shown. That occurs throughout the UI of that toolbar -- some tools show the tool name & others do not.

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3 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Walt, is your screenshot from the Mac or Windows version? I ask because on my Mac there is no "Set Bitmap Fill" text to the right of the SBF button, although it comes up as a tooltip if I hover the pointer over the button.

I see it on my Mac…

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14 minutes ago, Hangman said:

I see it on my Mac…

Weird. I see only this:

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On 11/16/2023 at 7:52 AM, walt.farrell said:

It should be on the Context Toolbar, but you didn't give us a complete screenshot so we can't really be sure what you have.

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This is what I see on Mac OS 12.7 It is just a Tooltip, not a label on the Context Toolbar. And what is more if I use the Light User Interface the little button appears to be inactive, greyed out.

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Plus there are options once that button is clicked that don't appear until after it is clicked.

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All in all a classic Affinity User Interface failure of the absolute worst kind. Hiding functions.

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6 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

This is what I see on Mac OS 12.7 It is just a Tooltip, not a label on the Context Toolbar.

Same for me, so I wonder why @Hangman does see it. Maybe a weird macOS version issue?

8 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

And what is more if I use the Light User Interface the little button appears to be inactive, greyed out.

<sigh!> Just one more example of very poor contrast choices in the Affinity UI.

9 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

Plus there are options once that button is clicked that don't appear until after it is clicked.

Those options do not show for me until I have both clicked the button and picked a bitmap fill. If nothing else, I think they should be to the right of the button, or possibly in a popup menu...

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1 minute ago, R C-R said:

Those options do not show for me until I have both clicked the button and picked a bitmap fill. If nothing else, I think they should be to the right of the button, or possibly in a popup menu...

I think that is correct. So many bad/abysmal User Interface decisions  have been made by Apple (and other software makers) over the past few years that I do not recall what is actually good design anymore. I only see bad designs being made.

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