How to Fill a Selection in Photoshop

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Here’s how to fill a selection with color in Photoshop.

How to Fill a Selection in Photoshop

One of the more basic principles of Adobe Photoshop is being able to fill in a selection. In Photoshop, you use the various Marquee tools to make dotted-line outlines of things; then, you can use the Stroke or Fill commands to create a line or fill the area with a color. This guide will explain how to fill a selection in Photoshop. 

How to Fill a Selection in Photoshop

To fill a selection in Photoshop: 

  1. Use one of the Marquee tools to create your selection. You can also use the Magic Wand and Lasso tools. 
  2. Click the layer you want to fill in the Layers window on the bottom right of the screen. 
  3. Go to Edit
  4. Click Fill
  5. Select the color you want. Your Foreground and Background Color will be in the bottom left of your main Tools toolbar. 
  6. Click the OK button. 

And there you go! You’ve successfully filled in a selection using Adobe Photoshop. 

FAQ

What is the fill shortcut in Photoshop? 

To quickly fill a layer or selection use the shortcut key Shift+Backspace (Windows) or Shift+Delete (Mac).

How do you fill a selected area with a pattern in Photoshop? 

Use the Marquee tool to select an area. Then go to Edit>Define Pattern. Give your pattern a name and hit the OK button. Finally, go to Edit>Fill>Pattern. Select your custom pattern and hit the OK button. You can play around with the different Scripts to get different effects.

How do I fill a shape in Photoshop? 

There are a few ways to fill a shape in Photoshop. One way is to use the paint bucket tool. Another way is to select the Fill color under the Properties window.   

How do I paint inside a shape in Photoshop? 

There are a few ways to paint inside a shape in Photoshop. One way is to use the paint bucket tool. You can outline your area with a Marquee or Lasso tool, then use the Paintbrush tool to paint inside the selected area.   

For more Photoshop walkthroughs and guides, head to our Photoshop Section