Paint bucket tool not working

Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Ever since the "Animate" update it's broken. I drew my frames as usual and when tring to fill in the character with the paint bucket tool nothing happened. All my lines are closed, I've redrawn them countless times, nothing. If I just draw a stupid simple circle though, I can fill that in just fine.

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Okay so I got it to work. It appears the drawing - all segments of it - are inside a Drawing Object. Just double-click one of the lines to enter this object. Now you can fill.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Make sure you do not have Object Drawing turned on (J). If you click all of your separate strokes are inside an object, select them all and break apart to fill them or select them all and then select  Modify > Combine Objects > Union to combine them into a single object and then fill.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Neither is working

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Try this. Select the Paint Bucket tool, look at the tool's sub-selections below it in the Toolbar. There are 4 settings:

Don't Close Gaps
Close Small Gaps
Close Medium Gaps
Close Large Gaps

Play with those and let me know

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Yeah, I'm aware of those and none of them are working either

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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The only thing I can think of is you have different line segments on different layers. Can you provide a screenshot of your character including maybe more specifics as to how the timeoine is setup?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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all on the same layer. What's in white can be filled in but the rest can't

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Everything looks fine to me. Try this: zoom out so that the stage and image are about half that size and try to fill.

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Community Beginner ,
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tried zooming out and in, i got a few more parts filled in but the rest seem to still be a problem for some reason

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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I'm assuming lines outside the visible stage area are closed also correct? The stage boundary doesn't have anything to do with the lines. Turn on the Snap feature (magnet icon) and use the black arrow to make sure ends of lines literally snap to other segments. I'm sure this is not the solution because the Close Large Gaps would have worked.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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One thing that seems odd is that you have the Lock Fill button turned on. That would normally only be used for gradients. Not sure why it would mess up the fill, but could be worth trying with it deselected.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Yeah I have tried toggling that but nothing changes

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Community Beginner ,
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Yes, everything in and out of the stage area is closed completely

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Can you send me the FLA? Or post it for download somewhere?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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https://www.sendspace.com/file/42rora

there is just the problem frame

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Okay so I got it to work. It appears the drawing - all segments of it - are inside a Drawing Object. Just double-click one of the lines to enter this object. Now you can fill.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2016

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Okay, thank you that appears to work

I'm not sure if this is new? Never had to do it before but if there's a way to turn it off so i can just fill it in regularly that'd be great

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 22, 2016

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It's a feature called Object Drawing and was introduced to Animate a couple of versions ago - carried over from Illustrator. Yes it can be turned off - or toggled on/off more accurately. Select the drawing tool of choice and you'll see Object Drawing as a sub-selection tool. Click the Object Drawing icon to toggle it on/off. Or hit J on your keyboard.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 23, 2016

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There's another option to help you flatten out the shape that you wish to fill-

Object drawing.PNG

Select the shape that you wish to fill, then choose from either of the highlighted options shown above in the Properties panel.

One is called - Create Object and the other is Break Apart.

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2016

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I had the same problem too. What I did was to select the Paint Bucket Tool; on the top tool bar, I clicked the downward facing arrow attached to the paint bucket tool icon, I then selected the settings list by clicking the 'Cog' shaped icon, I then selected the Reset Tool text and this corrected the error.

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2018

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help me please,i maded the object with line tool to be sure no gaps will appeared and it didnt worked,i tried but it didnt worked,i turned off object drawing , but nothing

only the darrywl solution i didnt thied but il try

if you k another method please tell me it

or make an update that will automatically solve this problem please

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2018

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nothing is working,please help me with this,when selecting the object the fill color was closed

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2018

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but drawing object turned off

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2018

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and also fill and stroke isnt appearing for me now

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only when opening edit symbol menu

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