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How To Use Fill in Photoshop – Gradient Fill in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the first choice for image-editing professionals. They create and retouch projects in order to meet deadlines and client needs. When you are working in Photoshop, you can skip the painting and drawing tools.

Photoshop offers more efficient options than you can use to paint an entire layer or selection using a paintbrush. Depending on the task at hand and the fill material you are using, which option you choose will determine what your final choice is.

Fill in Photoshop – Paint Bucket

To open the Color Picker, click on the foreground color swatch from the Adobe Photoshop toolbox. You can choose a pre-made shade or enter a formula to select a color. To set your color, click on the “OK!” button.

To switch to the Paint Bucket, press “G”. To reveal the Paint Bucket tool, press Shift-G if you are using the Gradient Tool, which has a location in the Adobe Photoshop toolbox.

In the Options bar, you can set options for the Paint Bucket. Open the Fill-Source drop-down menu and change the setting from “Foreground to Pattern,” then select a pattern in the next pattern gallery. Select a blending mode in the Mode menu and choose an opacity to fill your area.

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You can use the Tolerance field in the Mode menu to specify how close the pixels that you fill must match the area where you clicked with the Paint Bucket.

To smoothen the edges of your fill area, use the Anti-Alias, Contiguous, and All Layers checkboxes. You can also restrict your fill to color areas that are connected. The color data from all layers will be used to determine which areas should be filled.

Use the Paint Bucket tool to click on an image and select the area you wish to replace. The tool can only work within the area you have selected in your file if it is an active selection. The tool will not work if you click outside of the selection.

Fill in Photoshop – Fill Command

You can set a background or foreground color in the Color Picker. Click on the foreground/background color swatch in Adobe Photoshop’s toolbox and then enter a formula or choose from one of the prefabricated color libraries. To set your color, click on “OK”.

To open the Fill dialog box, press “Shift–Backspace” (Shift-Delete on Mac). Set the Use menu to either “Foreground” or “Background”. You can change your mind at any time and choose “Color” again to open the Color Picker.

You can also set the “Use” menu to “Pattern”, “History,” or “White”. The Custom Pattern gallery will become active if you select “Pattern” so that you can choose your fill. To fill in a selection, select “Content-Aware”. This will allow you to draw details from nearby image areas.

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To control the way your fill blends in with the existing colors in the area where you fill, set the Mode. To determine how opaque your fill is, use the Opacity control. To protect transparent areas during the filling process, turn on the “Preserve Transparency” checkbox. To apply your fill, click on “OK”.

Fill in Photoshop – Tips 

  • Random results are possible with Content-Aware Fill. To change the appearance of your first fill, press the “Ctrl + Z” key to undo it.
  • The Fill dialog box’s “50% gray” setting does not produce the same color as setting the CMYK colors in the Color Picker at zero percent cyan or magenta and 100 percent black. The color 50% Gray produces a color that measures 128 across all three channels of an RGB file, and 50 percent in each channel of a CMYK format.
  • The Fill dialog box will open when you press “Backspace” (or “Delete” on Mac). In this case, the Background layer is your active layer within a file that has an active selection.
  • Filling an active selection more than once will make it less clear.


  • Never use the “Black” option in the Fill dialog box for a CMYK document. The result fills all four channels at 100 percent strength. This is a color that printing presses can’t print.
Olajide Towoju
Olajide Towoju

Towoju Olajide is a technology writer who covers topics ranging from consumer tech to the latest developments in artificial intelligence. Born and raised in Nigeria, Towoju developed an early fascination with technology that led him to pursue a degree in Computer Science. After completing his studies, he worked as a software developer for several years before transitioning into tech journalism.

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