Filling Portions of an Image

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No explanation of filling and stroking would be complete without a definition, so here goes: To fill a selection or a layer is to put color inside it; to stroke a selection or a layer is to put color around it. Some folks prefer the term outline to stroke, but I defer to PostScript terminology because that's where this whole desktop graphics thing started. Besides, when I think outline, I think perimeter, boundary, enclosure, prison, let me out of here. Stroke is more like brush, caress, pet, puppy, warm fire, glad heart. I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight stroker. I'd rather be stroking. Stop me before I stroke again. And, that timeless favorite, keep on strokin'. So you see, people who prefer the word "outline" have no soul.

But whatever you call them, Photoshop's fill and stroke functions are so straightforward that you may have long since dismissed them as wimpy little tools with remarkably limited potential. But the truth is, you can do a world of stuff with them. In this chapter, for example, I show you how to fill selections using nifty keyboard shortcuts, how to create an antique framing effect, how to make the most of Photoshop's new gradient options, and how to add an arrowhead to a curving line — all in addition to the really basic stuff every Photoshop user needs to know.

As the poet said, "Teacher don't you fill me up with your rules, I know strokin's not allowed in school." I'd love to share the entire transcript from "Strokin' in the Boy's Room," but this is, after all, a family book.


In This Chapter

Applying color with the paint bucket tool and Fill command

Filling a selection with custom patterns

Having fun with the Backspace key

Creating an antique framing effect with the paint bucket

Using the new gradient features in Photoshop 6

Designing your own multicolor gradation

Using the gradient tool with the Dissolve brush mode

Creating outlines and borders

Attaching an arrowhead to any stroke ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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