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Chapter 8. Understanding Colors and Chan... > Using the Stroke and Fill Commands

Using the Stroke and Fill Commands

Photoshop gives you many choices when it comes time to add or modify the colors of a document—paint brushes, airbrushes, and drawing tools, just to name a few. Two little used but powerful tools are the Stroke and Fill Commands. Both the Stroke and Fill commands work with selection tools. For example, you may want to create a unique stoke around an object, or fill a specific area of a document with a color or pattern. If that's the case, then the Stroke and Fill commands are the best and quickest ways to perform those operations.

Create a Stroke

Create a selection using any of Photoshop's selection tools.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Stroke.

Enter a Width value (1 to 250) for the stroke.

Click the Color box, and then select a color (the color box defaults to the foreground color).

Select a location option (Inside, Center, or Outside) for the stroke of the selection marquee.

Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.

Enter an Opacity percentage value (0 to 100) for the stroke.

Select the Preserve Transparency check box to protect any transparent image areas (this option is disabled, if there are no transparent areas).

Click OK.


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