To fill a selection or a layer with a foreground or background color:

1 Specify a foreground or background color. (See "Choosing foreground and background colors" on page 257.)

2 Select the area you want to fill. To fill an entire layer, select the layer in the Layers palette.

3 Choose Edit > Fill to fill the selection or layer. Or to fill a path, select the path and choose Fill Path from the Paths palette menu.

4 In the Fill dialog box, for Use, choose one of the following options or select a Custom Pattern:

• Foreground Color, Background Color, Black, 50% Gray, or White to fill the selection with the specified color.

To apply a foreground color fill only to the areas that contain pixels, press Alt+Shift+Backspace (Windows) or Option+Shift+Delete (Mac OS). This preserves the transparency of the layer. To apply a background color fill only to the areas that contain pixels, press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac OS).

• Pattern to fill the selection with a pattern. Click the inverted arrow ▼ next to the pattern sample and select a pattern from the pop-up palette. You can load additional patterns using the pop-up palette menu. Select the name of a library of patterns or choose Load Patterns and navigate to the folder containing the patterns you want to use.

• History to restore the selected area to a state or snapshot of the image. (See "Making a snapshot of an image (Photoshop)" on page 40.)

Note: If you fill a CMYK image using the Black option, Photoshop fills all the channels with 100% black. This may result in more ink than is allowable by the printer. For best results when filling a CMYK image, use the Foreground option with the foreground color set to an appropriate black.

5 Specify the blending mode and opacity for the paint. (See "Setting options for painting and editing tools" on page 241.)

6 If you're working in a layer and want to fill only areas containing pixels, choose Preserve Transparency.

7 If you are filling a path, enter a Feather Radius value to blend the edges of the filled path and select Anti-aliased if you want to anti-alias the path.

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