Fill Options and Tips for Photoshop Elements 11

You can use the Fill Layer dialog box in Photoshop Elements 11 to fill a selection with the foreground or background color; you can also choose to fill the selection with color, black, white, or gray. Elements is full of shortcuts and options.

Here are just a few. With the selection active:

  • Press Alt+Backspace (Option+Delete on the Mac) to fill the selection with the foreground color. All areas within the selection, including transparent areas, fill with the color.

  • Press Alt+Shift+Backspace (or Option+Shift+Delete on the Mac) to fill only the pixels in a selection with the foreground color, leaving any transparent pixels untouched.

  • If you’re working on the Background layer, you can also fill the selection with the background color by pressing the Backspace (Delete on the Mac) key. (Pressing Backspace [Delete] on other layers creates a transparent area that shows the image in the layer underneath the selection.)

  • By selecting the Color option from the Use drop-down menu in the Fill Layer dialog box, you access the Color Picker where you can select any color your heart desires to fill your selection.

  • Select the Pattern option from the Use drop-down menu in the Fill Layer dialog box to fill the selection with a pattern. Click the arrow next to the pattern swatch and select a pattern from the drop-down panel. Click OK. To access additional pattern libraries, click the Pattern panel menu to select more pattern libraries.

  • Paint part or the entire interior of the selection by using a Pencil or Brush tool. This option lets you partially fill a selection using a bit of flexibility and creativity. When you paint a selection using Brush tools, Elements confines the paint inside the boundaries of your selection.

  • Pour color from the Paint Bucket tool into the selection.

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