Color key isn't working again

Sorry but my color key isn't cutting through anything! It disappears completely. I've physically moved the land mass to have a look. Not there. My settings are right. the only thing I've done is to extend the drawing area.=


  • MonsenMonsen Administrator 🖼️ 46 images Cartographer

    Could you post the .fcw, I can have a look and see if I can spot the issue.

  • HelenAAHelenAA Traveler


    ten minutes later: I can't find the ruddy file! Sorry. Will carry on looking though.

  • HelenAAHelenAA Traveler

    Hi Remy, I was absolutely sure I'd saved the ruddy file, and though I have found a version of the extended drawing area, it’s part of a manual extension because enlarging a file through CC3+ the original is pinned to 0,0 where as I wanted to enlarge with the already drawn bit at the top left. So I took the borders off a blank map and inserted it in below the already drawn map.

    it took ages to remove all the black edges by hand but then I started to draw. I'm having major difficulties with fpoly either from the list of drawing tools down the side and via drawtoolsp in the command line owing to things outside PF. anyway with lines having three 'ends' - start, midway through the line and the end - and I was relying on color key to help make realistic shapes. So when I found the shapes disappearing I really didn't know what to do.

  • 13 days later
  • HelenAAHelenAA Traveler

    Hi all, does the Color Key work when drawn over top of terrain fills? I'm not convinced based on previous battles with it.

  • LoopysueLoopysue ProFantasy 🖼️ 39 images Cartographer

    The Colour key works as long as you have these three things set up correctly:

    • The cut out shape is on the same sheet as the thing you want to cut.
    • There is a Color key sheet effect on that sheet, and its set to the same colour as the cut out polygon
    • The sheet effects are turned on.

    If you want to cut the same hole in other sheets, for example you've cut a hole in your land that you want to cut in the terrain that lies on it, then you will have to set up the same thing for that sheet as well. It doesn't work for multiple sheets, but only the one its on.

  • HelenAAHelenAA Traveler

    Do terrain fills work as the sheet they are on top of? E.g Ocean (background) -> Land on Land Sheet -> terrain fill farmland on the Land Sheet

  • LoopysueLoopysue ProFantasy 🖼️ 39 images Cartographer

    A Color Key only works on the one sheet that it's on. If you want to cut things on other sheets you need to make a new Color Key on that other sheet and add new colour cut out polygons to that sheet above the polygons you are cutting.

    I actually missed a point above. The cut out shape must be on top of all the other shapes on that one sheet.

  • HelenAAHelenAA Traveler

    I don't understand - do I put a color key on TOP of a terrain fill?

  • LoopysueLoopysue ProFantasy 🖼️ 39 images Cartographer
    edited 09:34

    I think we have a terminology conflict in this conversation and that's why we aren't able to understand each other all that well. These are my meanings:

    'Color Key' is the sheet effect and nothing else

    'Cut out polygon' / 'Cut out shape' is the magenta polygon drawn on the map to cut out shapes in the polygons lying underneath it.

    How are you defining the terms you use?

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