Author Topic: Shape Fill Pattern Gone Wrong  (Read 4214 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Lars-Erik

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 278
Shape Fill Pattern Gone Wrong
« on: May 26, 2008, 08:14:26 AM »
I inserted a part of CAD drawing into my Visio document. I want to add some "Isolation" to it. For this purpose I've made a fill patern to symbolize isolation. The imported CAD is giving some problems with the fill though. I was wondering if there is an easy way to fix it, instead of redrawing, or tracing it.

A picture of the problem is included as attachment.

Your seeing this:
The original CAD line in the bottom,
on top you can see the same line, made bigger.
The two lines are linked with two small lines to make it a closed shape that I want to fill.
As you can see the fill isn't working quite as I'd like

Any suggestions?

- Lars
« Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 05:49:33 PM by Visio Guy »

Visio Guy

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1716
  • Smart Graphics for Visual People...n' Stuff
    • Visio Guy
Re: Shape Fill Pattern Gone Wrong
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 04:28:12 PM »
Lars-Erik,

It looks to me like your shape is not properly-closed geometry. I bet if you open the ShapeSheet, you'll see lots and lots of Geometry sections, as opposed to one single Geometry section that ends where it starts (ie: closed)

Sometimes you can get Visio to create a single outline by selecting all of the bits, then choosing:

Shape > Operations > Fragment

(Vorm > Verrichtingen> Besnoeiing/Plak) ..stop laughing!

If the line segments are close enough, you might get lucky and Visio will cut out a single shape that you can properly fill.

« Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 05:50:14 PM by Visio Guy »
For articles, tips and free content, see the Visio Guy Website at http://www.visguy.com
Get my Visio Book! Using Microsoft Visio 2010

Lars-Erik

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 278
Re: Shape Fill Pattern Gone Wrong
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 01:20:42 AM »
Yes I noticed  the multiple geometry sections.
Shape > Operations > Fragment (Shape > Bewerkingen > Fragmenteren) didn't end up fixing it.
Using the pencil though, I ended up tracing it pretty fast. Because its just a representation of a machine, 0.01 of a mm here and there wont make the shape unrecognizable.
Manually putting all geometry sections together is an option, but a very time consuming one, especially when the shape gets bigger.

- Lars

p.s. don't tell anyone but I did laugh.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2008, 05:50:33 PM by Visio Guy »