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    I just started using the pattern editor on a scanned object. I can't figure out how to use the fill tool. I use the rectangle selection to outline what I want to fill, I then use the Dropper Tool to select the correct depth (tool height). I then click on the Fill Tool and drag it over the selection and right click, left click, and no matter what I do, nothing happens. Does anyone have the answer to how to make it work.


    For the Rotate Tweak Tool, I want to use it to align the scanned obect to be square to the axis lines. I can't figure out how this tool works. The object just jumps around on the page in a seemingly random pattern. Any insight into this tool would be greatly appreciated.

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    Window 7 PC
    Designer 1.179


    Same thing happens on my PC:
    Windows XP
    Designer 1.179
    Bob Pittman
    using rock chuck, designer 1.182, dxf importer, scanning probe, stl importer
    Windows 7
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    AskBud has some nice videos and instructions on his site at Download Links for your use http://www2.wcoil.com/~nharbison/cw-... downloads.htm
    You may want to take a look at his site.
    Using Designer 1.187, STL importer, Center line, conforming vectors, scanning probe/PE, and the ROCK chuck.

    Eddie





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    Quote Originally Posted by robertdpittman View Post
    I just started using the pattern editor on a scanned object. I can't figure out how to use the fill tool. I use the rectangle selection to outline what I want to fill, I then use the Dropper Tool to select the correct depth (tool height). I then click on the Fill Tool and drag it over the selection and right click, left click, and no matter what I do, nothing happens. Does anyone have the answer to how to make it work.


    For the Rotate Tweak Tool, I want to use it to align the scanned obect to be square to the axis lines. I can't figure out how this tool works. The object just jumps around on the page in a seemingly random pattern. Any insight into this tool would be greatly appreciated.

    Details:
    Window 7 PC
    Designer 1.179


    Same thing happens on my PC:
    Windows XP
    Designer 1.179
    Ed is correct. My "download" link has several AVI lessons on Pattern Editor.

    The FILL TOOL (Paint can) only works on an actual solid color. This is rare on a scan, as the height map varies on most objects. If your aim is to change the height of an varied area, rather than making it a flat surface, You'll want to use the magic wand. You would highlight the area in question, then go to FILTER and next select RAISE & LOWER, SMOOTH, BLUR, etc. If your aim is a flat surface, to the above, apply the paint brush tool.

    The actual tools will depend upon your needs. If you still have road-blocks, we might need to see the actual (Editable) scan in MPW format. Let us know if that is the case.

    Flip & Rotate is somewhat trickey. Sometimes it's better to orient the pattern within 90 degrees of your target prior to Tweaking with the ROTATE Tool itself. You get to all the choices via EDIT > FLIP & ROTATE, Pick the 90 Degree selections, then do the ROTATE TWEAK. In the Rotate Tweak operation I find it best to click once on my beginning point, release the mouse, move to my end point and click once more. This simplifies the process for me
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    Thanks for the insight. I will take a look at the videos and play around with the tool some more.
    Bob Pittman
    using rock chuck, designer 1.182, dxf importer, scanning probe, stl importer
    Windows 7
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