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Apply fill effects

The effects in the Fill category fill your selected layer using a color, gradient, pattern, or image.

Fill a layer with solid color

The Color effect fills your selected layer with a custom color.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Fill > Color (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Fill > Color.
    • Press Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + F on your keyboard.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color color well to choose which color to fill with. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the fill effect.
    • Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Color pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Fill a layer with a gradual transition between colors

The Gradient effect fills your selected layer with a gradual transition between multiple colors.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Fill > Gradient (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Fill > Gradient.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Gradient well to customize the gradient or choose a new one using the gradients palette.
    • Move the Scale slider to adjust the transition between the colors of the gradient. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the rotation of the gradient. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.
 Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the gradient. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the gradient. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Gradient pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Fill a layer with a repeating pattern

The Pattern effect fills your selected layer with a repeating pattern.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Fill > Pattern (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Fill > Pattern.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag and drop the image you’d like to use as the pattern onto the image well in the Tool Options pane. Or click the Image pop-up menu, click Choose, find the image you’d like to use and click Import.
    • Move the Scale slider to adjust the size of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the rotation of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.
 Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the pattern. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the pattern. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Pattern pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Fill a layer with a custom image

The Image effect fills your selected layer with a custom image, similar to the way a clipping mask clips the contents of one layer to the outline of another.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Fill > Image (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Fill > Image.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag and drop the image you’d like to use as the fill image onto the image well in the Tool Options pane. Or click the Image pop-up menu, click Choose, find the image you’d like to use and click Import.
    • To change how the image fits into your layer, click the Image pop-up menu and choose from Original, Stretch, Scale to Fill and Scale to Fit.
    • Move the Scale slider to adjust the size of the image. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the rotation of the image. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the image. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the image. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Image pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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