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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

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Paint Bucket tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg 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.

  • blue-circle3.jpg Click the Pattern list arrow, and then select a predefined fill pattern. This option is available if you select Pattern as a fill option.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Enter an Opacity percentage value (1% to 100%).
  • blue-circle6.jpg Select a Tolerance value (0 to 255). The Tolerance value influences the range that the Paint Bucket uses to fill a given area.
  • blue-circle7.jpg Select the Anti-alias check box to create a visually smoother line.
  • blue-circle8.jpg Select the Contiguous check box to restrict the fill to the selected area.
  • blue-circle9.jpg Select the All Layers check box to fill the color range information from all the image’s layers.
  • blue-circle10.jpg Click the Paint Bucket tool cursor on the area to be changed.
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