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Chapter 4. Introducing Web and Graphics ... > The Paint Bucket and Gradient tools

The Paint Bucket and Gradient tools

The Paint Bucket and Gradient tools color an entire layer or an entire selected area with the color of your choice. The Paint Bucket will just dump the color into the layer or selected area, filling it entirely. The paint brushes allow you to, well, actually paint the color in where you like. The Gradient tool fills the area with a gradient; you can select one from the context‐sensitive menu or customize the gradient in the dialog box that opens when you double‐click a preset.

Putting the Paint Bucket tool through its paces

To use the Paint Bucket tool:

  1. Select or create a layer or select an area of a layer.

  2. Double‐click the foreground color tile, select a color from the Color Picker (shown in Figure 4-12 ), and click OK.

    Figure 4-12: Choosing a color to fill a layer with.

    The foreground/background color tiles are at the bottom of the toolbox; they are two overlapping colored squares — the top one is foreground, and the other is background.

    When you select a color from the Color Picker, your cursor will look like an eyedropper.

    The new color will be shown in the top half of a rectangle at the top/center of the dialog box. The original color will be shown in the bottom half for comparison.

  3. Click the Paint Bucket tool and click inside the work area or selected area.

    The chosen area is filled with the color you picked in Step 2.


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