CuteDraw 2.0 Help System

Fills, Shadows and Patterns

About fill and shadow patterns

Apply a fill to a shape

Apply a shadow to a shape

About fill and shadow patterns

CuteDraw includes five fill and shadow patterns: no fill, solid fill (one-color pattern), gradient fill, pattern fill, texture fill. And gradient fill includes single-color gradient; double-colors gradient and custom define gradient.

CuteDraw provide 28 gradient styles, 53 patterns, 48 predefined textures and 11 predefined shadow styles.

Apply a fill to a shape

  1. Select a shape or multiple shapes.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Fill & Shadow, and then click Pattern on the Formatting shapes dialog box. Or you can click Fill Color on Format toolbar.

  3. Select one of the six available fill styles: No Fill, Solid Fill (More Lines Color), Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill, Texture Fill and Picture Fill.

    • No Fill

      The shape can be see through totally.

    • Solid Fill

      Select one color you want from the 60 predefined colors, or click More Colors and in Color dialog box select the color you want or mix the color in Custom box.

    • Gradient Fill

      In Gradient table on the Fill Effect dialog box, select the option you want:

      Single color Select one of 60 predefined colors, or click More Colors and in Color dialog box select the color you want or mix the color in Custom box. And set the Lightness slider to the percentage of lightness you want.

      Double color Select the foreground color and background color in the color box.

      Custom define Select the one of 60 predefined gradient styles.

      Style Select one of the 28 gradient patterns.

    • Pattern Fill

      Select one of the 53 patterns. And select the  foreground color and background color you want in the color box.

    • Texture Fill

      Click the Texture in Fill Effect dialog box, if the texture box is not shown.

      Select one of the 48 texture images, or click Other Images to load the image you want to fill the line.

    • Picture Fill

      In Open File dialog, select the image you want.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Note In the Preview box, you can see how the options you selected will look.

Apply a shadow to a shape

  1. Select a shape or multiple shapes.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Fill & Shadow.

  3. In Shadow table select the options you want:

    • Pattern

      Click Pattern to select the fill pattern for shadow, the operation process is the same with Apply a shadow to a shape.

    • Style

      Select one of 11 shadow styles.

    • Transparency Set the Transparency slider to the percentage of transparency you want. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default) to 100% (fully transparent).

    • X Offset & Y Offset

      X Offset and Y Offset is the offset of the shadow to the shape. You can type the value in the X Offset and Y Offset or click buttons to adjust the offset size.

      Note Select the shadow style firstly if the X Offset and Y Offset is not available.

       

    • Magnification

      Magnification indicate the ratio of the shape size and shadow size. Set the Magnification slider to the ratio you want.

    • Angle

      Only the shadow style you select is between 7 and 11, the Angle is available, you can type the value or drag the diamond on the circle to the position you want.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Note In the Preview box, you can see how the options you selected will look.

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