paint bucket fills in rather and toggle to create shadow

Asked by Kathy Pisciotta on 2017-07-26

After typing text, path/union/ go to bucket to create shadow its all filled in with color rather than a toggle to let me adjust size and/or add text not connected. Or after breaking apart , go to add color get a blob.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

? Sorry, I don't understand what you are asking. Can you re-phrase this, please?

Kathy Pisciotta (kathyp) said : #2

ok, see the attachment (not my picture but a sample of what I'm trying to
do and have done before) I can type in the text, but I can't get the layers
under the text (white and aqua) When I go to make them with the bucket tool
it should be an outline around the text then I can adjust size, pick color,
etc. but I get a filled shape and I can't get it to go behind the text.

I hope that’s a little better, I am new to inkscape so my terminology may
not be the best.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

Sorry, Kathy, attachments do not work here. You got an email, but this is just a convenience - see your post here:, to see that attachements are not accepted by the system here.
You can upload pictures to or another image hoster, and put a link to the image into your answer.

As for the bucket tool: use it as little as possible. In most cases, it is not the appropriate tool, but new users who come from a pixel-based editing approach, often 'fall for it', because they know that kind of tool from their photo-editing programs. However, it works differently in Inkscape, and is meant only for a few special cases.

To create a colored area that you put below another object as a background, draw a rectangle with the rectangle tool, then lower it below the other object (use selection tool for that, and click on the icons for raise/lower - if that's what you wanted - at least that's what I suspect).

For a couple of tutorials, visit the 'Help' menu in Inkscape, or take a look at this nicely curated list of tutorials: (click on the tutorial descriptions to get the links to display).

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