two vector paths creating boundaries for fill
Posted on 2005-05-11
I don't know what I'm doing wrong here, but I'm frustrated as all get out. Full points to whoever gives me a COMPLETE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD ANSWER. Please don't make an assumption that I'll know what you mean when you say some graphic greek stuff like "convert the vector map into a bitmap frame" or something -- I don't. Not real proficient on Fireworks, just trying to stumble through.
I have an image that someone provided me, jpeg. The original image is a cartoon-like item so this shouldn't be that difficult. I wanted to make a 'cleaner' version of it to allow some manipulations. the first thing I wanted to do was to separate out this nice little irregular shaped star -- it's got black borders, and yellow fill. So, I traced a vector path on top of this image (in a separate layer) aligned with the outside and inside edges of the star. Imagine this:
| black |
| |---------| |
| | yellow| |
| ----------- |
So I have two vector paths, one inside the other, and I want to fill the area between the two vector paths with black, and the very inside of the interior vector path with yellow.
Several issues come up. First and foremost, the starting/ending points of each of my 'star outline' vector paths don't align perfectly well. i can't figure out how to 'snap' them together and make it one perfect conjoined star.
Second... I can't figure out any way to fill the space BETWEEN these paths. I've tried join/intersect/etc. I've tried combining paths. I've tried everything. i just want to be able to fill the paths I drew out with color.
HOW DO I DO THIS? thanks for your assistance.