« Last post by JohnJR on April 10, 2017, 10:44:08 pm »
What I had in mind as an example, Calder drew a harlequin geometric horse in a series of diamonds or triangles in dark strokes. He then filled in each triangle and diamond individually in various primary colors like a mosaic. In Scribus at the moment, in a practical sense, the horse could have only one color or two depending on if it was either a single polygon or a combined polygon. Otherwise the harlequin horse would require an application like Inkscape to build practically. Except I did wind up with three colors, one out-of-the-blue so to speak.
Given my own conclusion, I decided to take a different approach and ended up with a perfectly satisfactory solution where a large text initial, V, was superimposed over an Egyptian cartouche via Item > Path Operations. The cartouche itself I was able to color a pale gold and the V in pale Cyan, which turned out to be an acceptable lavender. All was good until I decided to edit the squared edges of the V. I first used Item > Split Polygons to uncouple the cartouche in order to edit the letter shape using nodes. I had not edited either shape's fill colors, but upon selecting Split Polygons I was instantly presented with a third fill color where none had been before. That was the area inside the ring of the cartouche; a deeper, richer yellow than the pale gold. I selected each of my split shapes (polygons) and changed each each of their fill colors to "None". This did nothing for the new third deep yellow, which remains immutable inside the cartouche.
Leaving that alone for the moment (it wasn't bad), I began editing the nodes and frame position of the letter. That is when I noted that the edits left the original pre-edit V in place and I noted the that the new yellow "shines through" the edited version of the letter. Please see the zip file attached.
I haven't been able to find a method or mention of a what to do to eliminate the original letter's ghost, it seems like it must be a common occurrence, perhaps unique to OS X.
I've been reluctant to just re-Combine Polygons with this ghost letter in place for fear of really messing things up, however I note that under Path Operations (addition) that the little icon for the V is the sharper edited version, so perhaps in re-Combining, the old ghost letter disappears.
I'm going to re-Combine (addition) the two shapes and re-introduce the fill colors for the cartouche and letter before I send this post and report as to what happens.
Very interesting. Upon completion of the above, the pre-edit ghost letter didn't disappear and I wound up with four colors: two shades of yellow and two shades of turquoise(?)--see enclosed screen shot. I fussed with the turquoise to make it more like the original Cyan (lavender). Odd but beautiful, and actually reducible to about postage stamp size before the top of the V becomes muddled. I re-saved it as a second zip file enclosed.
I wanted to test how the deep yellow fill would appear in grayscale by converting a copy to an Image frame (I was never able to open Image Effects to see), but got an entirely new animal. The cartouche and it's interior melded into a single shape, lost all the interior lines, and the V became solid losing it's ghost except for a portion now absorbed into the amorphous yellow conglomerate. See last screen shot.
Can you make any sense of this? I have a feeling that something went wacky went I Split Polygons and edited the V shape. I'm guessing that somewhere in there you are going to tell me to construct a do-over. If so, is there a method to fill and keep control of the deep yellow center of the cartouche? I'm beginning to like it.