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Chapter 8. Painting and Drawing > Filling Areas with Color

Filling Areas with Color

You have two primary ways of filling areas with a pure, solid color. With the Fill dialog box, you can quickly blanket an entire layer, or a selected area of a layer, with color. The Paint Bucket tool operates in a more controlled manner, filling only portions of areas based on properties that you set on the options bar. Either method works especially well for those times when you want to cover large, expansive areas with a single color.

To fill a selection or layer with color:

1.
Using any of the selection or marquee tools, select the area of your image you want to fill with color.

If you want to fill an entire layer, it’s not necessary to make a selection.

2.
To select a fill color, do one of the following:

  • Click either the current foreground or background color swatch at the bottom of the toolbox (Figure 8.2) to open the Color Picker; then select a color.

    Figure 8.2. Clicking the foreground or background color swatch in the toolbox opens the Color Picker.

  • From the Swatches palette, click any color to select it.

3.
From the Edit menu, choose Fill, or press Shift+Backspace/Shift+Delete.

The Fill dialog box opens (Figure 8.3).

Figure 8.3. The Fill dialog box offers several options for filling a layer or selection with color.


4.
From the Use pop-up menu, choose a source for your fill color (Figure 8.4).

Figure 8.4. The Use pop-up menu contains various sources from which to choose a fill color. Choose the Foreground Color option to apply a specific color chosen from the Color Picker or Swatches palette.


In addition to the foreground and background colors, you can use the Fill command to fill a selection or area with a pattern or with black, white, and 50 percent gray.

5.
From the Blending area of the dialog box, select a blending mode and opacity for your fill. (For more information on blending modes, see “About Opacity and Blending Modes” in Chapter 5.)

6.
Click the Preserve Transparency check box if you want to preserve a layer’s transparency when you apply the fill.

7.
Click OK to close the dialog box.

The selection or layer is filled with the color and properties you specified (Figure 8.5).

Figure 8.5. In this example, an area of the Background layer is selected (left), then filled with a color using the Fill dialog box (right).



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