How the Photoshop Fill Tool Works

Photoshop is a great asset for anyone looking to retouch a photograph or create a gorgeous graphic design. This program has become popular for both novice and professional users. If you’re new to Photoshop and struggling with the steep learning curve, you can check out some tips below to help you master the art of photo editing. First, you need to know how to use the Photoshop fill tool. This function can be invaluable to almost all of your projects and designs.

How to Use the Photoshop Fill Tool  
The fill tool is located in your Photoshop toolbar on the side of your screen. At first glance, it looks like an image of a bucket of paint. You’ll need to click on the paint bucket icon to activate the fill tool. Once you click on it, a tiny menu bar with two options pops up. You can select the paint bucket fill option, or you can choose to use the gradient tool, which looks like a box with two different colors shading it. Using either one of these functions can help you instantly add a color, shade or pattern to a large space in your photograph or graphic design project.

Using the Fill Function  
The fill function allows you to cover a large space of your image with a solid color or pattern. Select the foreground color at the bottom of the toolbar, and use the pop-up window to choose the right shade. You can also load a pattern into the fill area to add something more complex to your image. Photoshop also allows you to change the opacity, pixel color tolerance and layers impacted by using the menu at the bottom of your screen.

Choosing the Gradient Tool 
If you want to add color to your image in a unique way, the gradient tool may be more appropriate. After selecting the gradient tool, you can choose additional options to customize the look. Select the gradient style as either linear, radiant, angle, reflected or diamond to give the shading a slight pattern. Then, you can customize the opacity, transparency and dither options. You can also choose to reverse the gradient for a different effect.
With Shutterstock’s help, you can master the art of Photoshop. The fill tool is an essential part of understanding the inner workings of Photoshop. Achieve the look you want with your design, and use the tools the experts all know about by reading over these helpful tips.

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