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Graphic border and fill won't allow different colors

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I'm using FM 11. When I draw shapes inside a graphic frame, I need to apply a black border to each and fill them with different colors. I used to do this all the time using the fill and border icons on the graphics toolbar. Now, if I fill the shape with color A and apply black to the border, the fill changes to black. If I choose a border color first and then click the fill, the border changes to the fill color.

I have tried setting the border or fill to NONE before I apply the other one, but the result is the same.

Can someone help me with this? If I've botched a setting, I'd love to know so I can fix it.

Thanks!

Amy

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Graphic border and fill won't allow different colors

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I'm using FM 11. When I draw shapes inside a graphic frame, I need to apply a black border to each and fill them with different colors. I used to do this all the time using the fill and border icons on the graphics toolbar. Now, if I fill the shape with color A and apply black to the border, the fill changes to black. If I choose a border color first and then click the fill, the border changes to the fill color.

I have tried setting the border or fill to NONE before I apply the other one, but the result is the same.

Can someone help me with this? If I've botched a setting, I'd love to know so I can fix it.

Thanks!

Amy

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re: I used to do this all the time using the fill and border icons on the graphics toolbar.

Are you sure about that? I run FM7 at home, and the color is applied to both the border and fill. Only patterns can vary.

Whenever I've needed different colors, I either use overlaid aligned shapes, or generate the whole object as an external in a proper vector editor.

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I'd agree with Bob – as far as I remember, this level of subtlety has never been available in the FM graphics tools; Illustrator is your friend :-} or handmade .svg, depending on the complexity of the graphic and how much time/interest you have …

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Many thanks for the quick replies and darn it! I hate that my brain can be so convinced of something that never happened. (Maybe I should have gone into politics.) I can work around the border problem.

Gotta love the forum for keeping things straight.

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re: I can work around the border problem.

Matched, overlaid, aligned, grouped FM graphic objects is pretty straightforward.

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TCS4 came with Illustrator CS6. Do you still have that installed, by any chance? Drawing shapes, and setting fill and stroke colors is very straightforward.

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Amy,

   The problem is that the fill and the border are different properties of the same object, and an object can only have one color at a time. Bob's suggestion of superimposing two identical objects and setting the fill on one and the border on the other is your best bet within FM.

     --Lynne

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