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Fireworks objects can be filled with colors, textures, patterns, gradients, and even other Fireworks objects. In this sample chapter, Sandee Cohen shows how to create fills in Fireworks MX.
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I was amazed to find recently that the Colorforms® I played with as a child are still popular — even in this age of computer and video games. In fact, a box of Colorforms is great preparation for any budding artist. I found them at

Great as the objects in Colorforms are, though, they are not as versatile as Fireworks objects. For instance, you can't change Colorforms colors with just a click of a mouse.

Fireworks objects can be filled with colors, textures, patterns, gradients, and even other Fireworks objects. Even better, once an object has one type of fill, you can still go back later and change it. Also, unlike the vinyl shapes in the box of Colorforms, Fireworks objects don't have to be hard-edged objects. They can have a slight softening or fade applied to their edges.

Creating Basic Fills

Fills are the colors, patterns, and gradients that are applied inside paths. Perhaps the most basic of fills is a solid color applied inside objects. Fireworks gives you plenty of places where you can apply a solid fill color.

To apply a solid color fill:

  1. Choose one of the vector drawing tools or select a vector object. The Property Inspector displays the Fill options .

  2. Figure 1The Fill options in the Property Inspector.

  3. Choose Solid from the Fill category menu. This displays the options for solid fills .

  4. Figure 2The Fill category menu lets you choose the type of fill for the object.

  5. Click the Fill Color Well in the Property Inspector to open the Swatches to pick a color .

    Figure 3Click the Fill Color Well to select a color from the Swatches panel.


    Use the Color Mixer to mix a color or click the Color Well in the Color Mixer.

    (For more information on working with the Color Mixer, see Chapter 3, "Colors.")


    Click the Color Wells in the Tools panel or Color Mixer to open the Swatches panel.


    Choose one of the colors in the Swatches panel.


    Move the eyedropper cursor outside the Swatches panel to choose colors anywhere on the screen. This allows you to sample colors from other documents, such as Dreamweaver and Flash pages.

To choose non–Web-safe colors:

  • Click the Color icon in one of the Swatches panels and then choose from the Macintosh Color Picker or the Windows Color dialog box .

    Figure 4The Windows Color dialog box (top) and the Macintosh Color Picker (bottom) let you choose colors other than the Web-safe colors.


    The Color icon is not available in the regular Swatch panel, only the panels opened through the Color Wells.

In addition to filling an object with a color, you can also set an object to have no fill. This makes the inside of the object completely transparent . You can use no fill to show just the outside path of an object. There are many different places where you can apply no fill to an object.

Figure 5 The difference between a white fill and a fill of None becomes obvious when the objects appear over another image.

To set a Fill to None:

  1. Choose one of the vector drawing tools or select a vector object. The Property Inspector displays the Fill options.

  2. Choose None from the Fill category menu in the Property Inspector .

    Figure 6 Choose None from the Fill options menu in the Property Inspector.


    With the Fill icon highlighted, click the None icon in the Tools panel .

    Figure 7 Click the None icon in the Tools panel.


    Click the None icon in the Color Mixer .

    Figure 8 Click the None icon in the Color Mixer panel.


    Click the None icon in any of the Swatches panels .

    Figure 9 Click the None icon in one of the Swatches panels.


    The None icon is not available in the regular Swatch panel, only the panels opened through the Color Wells.

    When an object has no fill, you must click the edge of the path to select the object.

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