how to change the color of an non bounded area

Asked by Karen Thomas on 2018-01-19

Trying to edit a vector image. This is my first time doing this kind of work and I'm not sure how to do it. I need to change the color of the image and also fill in areas without having any border lines around the shapes that I'm filling in. (The image was made to look roughed up and I need to smooth it out.) I'm also getting a message saying some areas cannot be filled because they are not bounded. I'm not sure what that means or how to change that.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Vector images consist of shapes that can have a fill and a stroke (simplified). From what I read, I suspect you're using the bucket tool, which isn't a good choice for most use cases. It does not add a fill to an object that exists, but creates a new object that has a fill within an area that is fully surrounded by an area of a different color.

I'd suggest you start with one of the tutorials that come with Inkscape (Help -> Tutorials) to get a handle on the concept of vector drawing before you start out making any bigger projects.
You can also take a look into a manual, or a short beginners' tutorial, to learn about the basics.

To create a background color, one can put a rectangle with the correct color into the background, below all the other objects in the drawing.

Some other useful beginner resources:

https://inkscape.org/en/learn/ (official resources)
http://vektorrascheln.de/posts/2015/Dec/inkscape-fuer-einsteiger-teil-i-grundlagen-en.html (background info that helps with understanding the concept)
http://vektorrascheln.de/posts/2015/Dec/inkscape-fuer-einsteiger-teil-ii-praxis-en.html (interactive practice tutorial)
http://write.flossmanuals.net/start-with-inkscape/_draft/ (beginners' guide)

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