How To Fill In Photoshop

Filling an area or a selection with color or patterns in Photoshop is a basic skill that every designer should master. Whether you are working on a graphic design project or enhancing a photograph, these techniques are essential. This tutorial will guide you through the steps of how to fill in Photoshop.

Using the Paint Bucket Tool

The Paint Bucket tool is the most basic way to fill a selection or area. To use the paint bucket tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Paint Bucket tool from the Tool Panel or press G on your keyboard.
  2. Choose a foreground color. This will be your fill color.
  3. Click on the area or selection you want to fill. The area will be filled with the foreground color you selected.

If your selection has transparent or semi-transparent areas, make sure to check or uncheck the ‘Anti-alias’ option in the options bar to get the desired result.

Using the Edit Menu

You can also fill an area or selection using the Fill option in the Edit menu. Here’s how:

  1. Make a selection. If you don’t make a selection, the fill command will apply to the whole layer.
  2. Go to Edit > Fill. This will open the Fill dialog box.
  3. In the Fill dialog box, choose the contents of your fill (Color, Pattern, etc.), the blending mode, and the opacity.
  4. Click OK. The selection or area will be filled with your chosen settings.

Using the Fill Shortcut

There’s also a quick keyboard shortcut for filling an area or selection. It’s the fastest way to fill in Photoshop. Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose a foreground color. This will be your fill color.
  2. Press Alt+Backspace (on Windows) or Option+Delete (on Mac) to fill the selection or area with the foreground color.

Remember, you can always undo any actions in Photoshop by pressing Ctrl+Z (on Windows) or Command+Z (on Mac). Happy designing!