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Offline MarilynTopic starter

I'm stuck already!
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:55:21 PM »
I'm sure I must be doing something really silly but I am attempting the octopus tute from Frankentoon. I am trying to 'add' the legs to the body to make it one shape rather than a 'group' of shapes, if this makes sense. When I try using the add function, my poor octopus has very peculiar legs!  :help01:

Offline Lynn

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 01:58:58 PM »
After reading your post, I opened AD, made a body shape, then made 4 tentacle shapes. I made them all the same color. I went to Layers and expanded the stroke.  I used the Move Tool to select the body, then held down Shift and clicked on each of the tentacles. When I had them all selected I clicked on Add, which was lit as a active choice, and the tentacles were added to my body shape.

So, I didn't have a problem. And I have no idea why your tentacles would not add properly. Sorry I am not of help.

Offline Linda R

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 02:01:44 PM »
Did you do layer, expand stroke, for each of the legs?  If you don't, they go weird.  I did the same thing when I did mine.

Offline MarilynTopic starter

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 02:16:38 PM »
Blimey, I think I possibly messed up the expand stroke bit. I seem to remember doing something with it but I need to try again.
I knew it must be something silly! I will have another attempt when I am back on my computer.
Thankyou so much.

You are  :praise70:

Offline Teejay

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 11:25:07 PM »
Did you group your legs together cos the layer/expand stroke does not work correctly on grouped strokes..
You can select all your legs at once if you wish ..and expand stroke as long as you dont group them.

Offline MarilynTopic starter

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 04:41:55 AM »
Teejay - I was just about to have another go with this but thought I would look here first!
And yes, I believe I did group them first! You are a gem! Armed with that, I am off to fight another fight!  :laugh8: :stars:

Offline MarilynTopic starter

Re: I'm stuck already!
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 07:18:40 AM »
I finally worked this out after several attempts.
I have posted the finished image in the Show and Tell area, but now thinking I should have posted it here to finish the thread. Sorry!  :thud:
I finally worked out that it was indeed the 'expand stroke' command that was missing from my workflow and  was needed to achieve the result I personally wanted.
I thought I was expanding the stroke just by thickening it in the stroke panel, I should have read Linn's reply more thoroughly!
Thanks again, everyone!  :stars:

 


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