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Chapter 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawin... > Understanding Foreground and Backgro...

Understanding Foreground and Background Colors

The Foreground and Background colors, located near the bottom of the toolbox, are Photoshop's way of identifying your primary painting color, as well as the color Photoshop uses in conjunction with the Background layer. When you select any of Photoshop's painting or drawing tools, the color applied to the document will be the foreground color—that's it's purpose. Hence, it's sometimes referred to as Photoshop's active color. The Background color serves several functions—its primary purpose is to instruct Photoshop how to handle erasing on the Background layer. When you use an eraser tool on a Photoshop layer, by default, the pixels are converted to transparent. However, when you use an eraser tool on the Background something different happens. Since the Background does not support transparency, it replaces the erased pixels with the current background color.

Change the Active Foreground and Background Colors

Use any of the following methods to change the active foreground or background colors:


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