At 12:01 06/07/02 -0700, Karl Auer wrote:

>Message: 1
>Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2002 11:17:33 +0200
>From: Karl Auer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Organization: Biplane Software
>Subject: [Gimp-user] Filling on a transparent background
>I have a closed outline on an otherwise transparent layer. I want to fill 
>the area inside the outline, but not the area outside the outline. More 
>accurately, I want to achieve the *effect* of a filled outline surrounded 
>by transparency - it doesn't have to happen on the layer with the outline :-)
>Using the fill tool, I can only fill inside the outline if the outline is 
>on a white or black layer. Using "sample merged" in the fill tool, I can 
>create a filled shape on a lower white or black layer too, of course. It 
>is as if the fill tool can only work on non-transparent points. Switching 
>"keep trans" off on the layer to be filled doesn't make a difference.

I don't know any graphic program which will fill transparent regions

>If I could start with a white or black layer, fill inside the outline with 
>my chosen pattern, then fill outside the outline with transparency, that 
>would solve the problem too. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way 
>to fill an area with transparency, only with a colour.

Just cut and paste your outline onto a colored background, select the 
interior of your outline with the
magic wand then fill with whatever color or pattern you want. Now, add an 
alpha channel to the
image, select the exterior of your outline with the magic wand and "edit > 

Denis McCauley

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