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Hi Jordane,

Welcome to the forums :)

Are you looking to fill the drawing section by section, or fill the entire image? If it's the latter you can select your largest curve and simply select a fill colour from the context toolbar, as shown below!


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1 hour ago, Dan C said:

Are you looking to fill the drawing section by section, or fill the entire image?

I suspect it’s the former! The problem is that some areas to be filled are bounded by unconnected lines.


In the above screenshot, the lacing panel on the left-hand side of the shoe is filled almost completely, but the one on the right-hand side is only filled where there is a curve which is not part of the main shoe outline.

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Hi, Jordane,

Looking at your file, it appears you are trying to us the vector curves like "paint" lines. At this time, Designer fills the space enclosed by a vector line, and you have a lot of open vectors that can not have a fill placed cleanly in them.

The shoe needs to be put together differently. Don't think of it as a bunch of lines that can have color between them. Think of colored areas that need to join together sort of like paper cut outs. 

Attached is a re-build. I took lines, duplicated them, broke them into smaller parts, and then joined and closed them into abutting shapes. Rather tedious, but doable.


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Hi @Jordane. Welcome to the forums. :)

Depending on your final design needs & preferences, you may not need to close all the curves to color them if you take advantage of layer clipping to nest some of the shapes into others, like for "Shoe 1" in this 2 Shoes mod.afdesign example. This can eliminate the need to duplicate, break, & join some of the unconnected curves when rebuilding files for coloring.

This also makes some reshaping edits easier (but can make others harder). It also makes the outline view mode look strange, which can take some getting used to if you frequently switch view modes to check your work:


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You guys are brilliant, Thank you for helping me out!

Not sure I understood all of it but I think what you are saying is I must make shapes instead of lines if I want to be able to fill in the drawing... A new conception of drawing for me...

I am teaching myself how to use this Software and really appreciate your advice.




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