How to Fill a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Fill a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

In Photoshop CS6, you can fill the interior of a path with color by choosing the Fill Path command in the Paths Panel. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the path in the Paths panel and select Fill Path from the Paths panel pop-up menu.

    A dialog box gives options for Contents, Opacity, Blending, and Rendering. Briefly, for your Contents options, choose among various colors, Pattern, or History.

    You can also hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and click the Fill Path with Foreground Color icon (a solid circle) at the bottom of the panel. Clicking the Fill icon without holding down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key fills the path with the foreground color and the other settings at their defaults.

  2. In the dialog box, leave the Blending Mode option set to Normal.

    Using the Layers panel to apply your blending modes is better because you have more flexibility. Here’s the scoop on the remaining options:

    • The Feather option gradually blurs the edges of the fill into the background. Enter the feather radius in pixels. The more pixels, the greater the blur or feather.

    • The Anti-Alias option just slightly softens the very edge of the fill by one pixel so the edges don’t appear as ragged.

    If you select one or more paths by using the Direct Selection tool, the Fill Path command changes to Fill Subpath(s), enabling you to fill only the selected paths.

  3. After you set your options, click OK.

    Your path is filled.

    [Credit: © Image #6293744]
    Credit: © Image #6293744