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Fill specific areas of an image with color

The Color Fill tool fills in similarly colored areas of an image with your chosen solid color.


Fill with the Color Fill tool

  1. Choose the Color Fill tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose if from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Color Fill (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the N key on your keyboard.
  2. Customize the Color Fill tool:

    Color: Click the color well to choose a color or click to pick a color from the image.

    Blend Mode: Click the Blend Mode pop-up menu to choose a blend mode.

    Opacity: Drag the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the Color Fill tool.

    Sample All Layers: Select Sample All Layers to make the Color Fill take into account the contents of every layer in your image, not just the selected layer.

    Smooth Edges: Select Smooth Edges to naturally smooth the outline of the Color Fill tool. With Smooth Edges unselected, the outline will be a little more precise but jagged.

    Preserve Transparency: Select Preserve Transparency to fill only the opaque areas of an image, leaving the transparent areas untouched or deselect it to disregard transparency in an image.

  3. Drag on the canvas to fill in similarly colored areas.

    The more you drag, the larger the area Color Fill tool will fill. If you’d like to fill the entire layer regardless of any existing colors in it, drag until the Tolerance value reaches 100%.


Tip: To quickly fill any object, shape, or selection, drag the color you want from any color well directly onto the image.

If you'd like to discard all the current changes made with the Color Fill tool, click the Reset button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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