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Cannot Fill a Path

Jan 13, 2014, 13:53
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Cannot Fill a Path
Very much a GIMP newbie.

I've created a complicated polygon (hundreds of nodes) with the Paths Tool and am trying to fill it. When I select the Bucket Fill Tool, I get a tiny little error message at the bottom that reads: "Cannot modify the pixels of layer groups". Now then, I do have a Layer Group in the Layers tab to collect text items, but this is a Path in the Paths tab (which I thought was separate).

I have tried switching the path from Stroke to Selection, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

In the past, I've used Fireworks (mainly), Photoshop, and Illustrator with varying degrees of success.
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Jan 13, 2014, 14:13
Post: #2
RE: Cannot Fill a Path
May have figured this out, though I'm not sure why it works this way.

Used "Paths Tool" to select path
Chose "Selection from Path"
Clicked the path with "Fuzzy Select Tool"
Was able to use "Bucket Fill Tool"

Is this standard? Is there an easier way?
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Jan 13, 2014, 15:13
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RE: Cannot Fill a Path
Thanks for your response! Still waiting for my A-Ha! moment using GIMP. That hasn't happened yet. Anyway. I just created a much smaller polygon shape using the Path Tool. In the Paths List I have it selected, and yes, that creates the marching ants border. Then I go to select the Bucket Fill and get a cursor with a crossed-out circle above it. It won't let me fill the shape.
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Jan 13, 2014, 16:00
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RE: Cannot Fill a Path
Using the bucket fill tool: are you clicking inside the selection. Outside is crossed out circle inside is the pair of black/white squares.

As a try-out: another way to fill is click-and-drag from either the fg or bg color icons into the selection.

Another way is from the edit menu Fill with FG / Fill with BG.

If none of those work, serious problems

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