- Understanding Foreground and Background Colors
- Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels
- Modifying the Brush Presets Panel
- Selecting Brush Tip Sets
- Adjusting Brush Tips
- Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips
- Creating Customized Brush Tips
- Saving Customized Brush Tips
- Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
- Working with the Mixed Brush Tool
- Working with the Pencil Tool
- Working with Auto Erase
- Working with the Line Tool
- Using the Standard Shape Tool
- Working with the Custom Shape Tool
- Creating a Custom Shape
- Saving Custom Shape Sets
- Using the Paint Bucket Tool
- Working with the Eraser Tools
- Working with the Magic Eraser Tool
- Creating and Applying Gradients
- Creating and Saving Customized Gradients
- Using the Color Replacement Tool
Using the Paint Bucket Tool
The Paint Bucket tool is not new; in fact, it’s been around almost as long as Photoshop. The Paint Bucket’s primary function is to fill an area with the active foreground color, but that’s not all it’s capable of doing. The Paint Bucket tool can fill areas with a selected pattern and, much the same way that the Magic Wand tool selects image information, the fill area can be controlled by the shift in brightness of image pixels. Combine those features with the ability to change the Paint Bucket’s blending mode or opacity, and you have a tool with a lot of horsepower.
Use the Paint Bucket Tool
- Select the Paint Bucket tool on the toolbox.
- Click the Fill list arrow, and then select an option:
Foreground. Fills a selected area with the current foreground color.
Pattern. Fills a selected area with a pattern.
- Click the Pattern list arrow, and then select a predefined fill pattern. This option is available if you select Pattern as a fill option.
- Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.
- Enter an Opacity percentage value (1% to 100%).
- Select a Tolerance value (0 to 255). The Tolerance value influences the range that the Paint Bucket uses to fill a given area.
- Select the Anti-alias check box to create a visually smoother line.
- Select the Contiguous check box to restrict the fill to the selected area.
- Select the All Layers check box to fill the color range information from all the image’s layers.
- Click the Paint Bucket tool cursor on the area to be changed.