How to Use Photoshop's Paint Bucket Tool: Quick and Easy

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Photoshop is a very complete Adobe program that has many useful tools for creating and editing all kinds of illustrations, logos, photo collages, architectural designs and more.

How to Use Photoshop's Paint Bucket Tool: Quick and Easy

Despite being a specialized program and designer oriented , anyone with a minimum of knowledge is able to work with this platform, as it is quite user-friendly.

However, for the less experienced, there are a few indispensable tools that they should know and know how it works. One of them, perhaps the most important for many, is the Paint jar.

A very practical tool for fill large spaces with colour . This is one of the most basic, in fact, in more amateur programs like Paint, the paint can is present.

If what you are looking for is a tutorial on how to use the paint can, keep reading this article, because here we explain how it works and what its main functions are.

      What is the paint can and how to locate it?

      The paint bucket is an indispensable Photoshop tool that works to fill a color space. We can place it on the toolbar, sharing space with the gradient function.

      Being located in a shared space with another tool, we will have to position ourselves inside it and simply click and hold until the paint bucket option appears.

      We can likewise access it through its shortcut. That's enough press the letter G to activate the tool and be able to use it normally.

      How does the paint pot work and how to use it?

      This tool is very practical but at the same time basic. As the name indicates, fills an area of ​​an image with color, as would a pot of paint when emptied in a certain area.

      With the paint bucket we can fill the area of ​​an image that is not bounded or any level we have selected. However, we have to keep in mind that if we define an area in a layer, the paint pot will only fill the selected area.

      In case of application in a non-limited area, the paint can will take care of filling the entire layer with the color we have selected,

      In case we want to paint an area that is not bounded, without the paint pot spreading all over the layer, we will have to use the selection tool to delimit the area we want to paint, without leaving those limits. .

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      The paint can has a number of options of its own to be able to apply different types of fill. These yes found in the options panel, usually located at the top of the program. When you select the tool, the toolbar will appear with the following functions:

      Front color or paint with pattern

      Foreground color allows you to paint with the main color , which is the one selected at the top of the color picker. For its part, when we choose to paint with a pattern, it will not be filled with a flat color, but rather the tool will present us with a number of options.

      Among these we can choose a set of textures, patterns, logos or motifs . The program has several patterns configured which are really useful.


      Opacity allows us to reduce the intensity of the color we're painting with, generating a transparency and allowing us to see what's on the next layer. The less opaque it is, the more we can see between layers .


      This value allows more or less i level up limits which we are painting. The lower the tolerance, the limits will be limited only to places where the same color occurs.


      This option softens the edges of the area being filled, so that the pixel map isn't as obvious.

      all levels

      Selecting this option will paint on the layer we are working on, but the tolerance will take into account what has been painted on all layers and not just the one we are working on.

      Paint Bucket Considerations

      The paint bucket tool cannot be used with any image in bitmap mode.

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