Choosing Colors and Fills.
One of the most basic things to understand in Photoshop and vector creation
is how to choose colors and create a fill. There are many reasons why you
should want to create a color fill and use color so let's talk about how to do
You can choose colors from your color and swatches palettes or by clicking on
the master color display at the bottom of the toolbar to bring up the color
picker. When you choose a color from the swatch it will automatically
become your foreground color.
You can then go ahead and "fill" with this color by the shortcut (Alt or Opt
Backspace), using the paintbucket, painting with a brush or using Edit: Fill and
choose your options from there (ie. foreground color). Note that on Edit:
Fill the eyedropper/turkey baster will appear when you go outside the dialog box
so you can choose any color as your new foreground color that is open within
Photoshop (on any image).
When you have a foreground color selected you can paint with the paintbrushes
in this color, use the gradient tool and also the paint bucket with your
foreground color. Depending on your gradient setting (foreground to
background) the gradient tool will use both your foreground and background
It is important to note that the colors you have in the toolbar display are
what is going to be used. You can change them at any time by clicking on
either the front or back color and bringing up the color picker. These are
your foreground and background colors. You can toggle between them by
clicking on the arrow next to them to switch the colors back and forth.
If you want a fill (or even gradient or paint brush) to apply to a certain
area on a layer you must first create a "selection" of an area on the layer
which you want it to apply. If you don't create a selection, a color fill
will spread across the entire length of the document. Try making some
selections with a marquee tool on the "add to selection" setting and then do a
color fill (ie. drop the paint in the area). With separate selected areas
you can use the paint bucket to fill each separate selection with a color.
If you go ahead and "fill" by the shortcut or the Edit: Fill command it will
fill color across the entire selected areas.
When creating color fills you will want to create a new blank layer to go
ahead and color, otherwise you will be adding color to a layer that you probably
want to Not color fill. I personally use the Swatch command to easily see
what different colors I would choose from; it's just a lot faster for me.
Of course there are advanced options, you can load different swatch palettes,
punch in actual color scale coordinates, etc. but at least you understand how to
get going in choosing colors and creating fills-
very important basic stuff to
- Orion Williams copyright 2004