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Compound shape tools in Adobe Fireworks CS5
This article is introducing the new compound shape tools in Fireworks CS5
Adobe Fireworks CS5 and higher
Fireworks CS5 has 4 new Compound Shape vector drawing tools in the Properties panel. See Figure 1, towards the right edge of the property inspector panel: Add/Union, Substract/Punch, Intersect and Crop.
The Compound Shape is non-destructive as you can modify the result path by tweaking the individual paths with the sub-select tool. You can move, also scale, rotate and skew the individual paths that constitute the compound shape.
Compound shapes (from the Property Inspector) remain editable by subselecting the original vector objects.
You can use the compound shape tools in 2 different ways:
Workflow 1: Add/Union, Substract/Punch, Intersect and Crop existing objects
Workflow 2: Adding, Punching, Intersecting and Cropping successively added objects.
Add/Union, Substract/Punch, Intersect and Crop using Workflow 1
Workflow 1 vs workflow 2
The 3 paths (1) crop with existing paths (2) and crop with adding successive objects (3)
You will note that in a compound shape only one color prevails, usually the color of the bottommost object.
When you are using Workflow 1, the result is different for Substract/Punch, Intersect and Crop when you change the sublayers' stacking order
In the following examples the Substract/Punch tool is used
In Figure 4 you can see the sublayers stacking order: orange, green, blue and the end result
In Figure 5 you can see the sublayers stacking order: green, blue, orangle and the end result
We can conclude that the result is different according to the stacking order when using Workflow 1. The top-most object is the selected object that will be used to punch in our example.
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