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I selected part of an image and wanted everyting outside this selection to be white. So I inversed the selection, Chose the paint bucket with white as the fill colour, setting at 100%. Nevertheless it didnot fill the selection as a whole, but some irregular spots of the background were left dark. Where did I go wrong? Leen...

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    I selected part of an image and wanted everyting outside this selection to be white. So I inversed the selection, Chose the paint bucket with white as the fill colour, setting at 100%. Nevertheless it didnot fill the selection as a whole, but some irregular spots of the background were left dark.

    Where did I go wrong?

    Leen
    Leen Koper Guest

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    Leen - the paint bucket doesn't do quite what i might have expected from using similar tools in other programs - it doesn't fill a selection, it fills only an area that is "similar' in colour to the pixels you click on. Presumably there were a few areas that weren't quite similar enough in the area that you selected.

    The fill command (under the edit menu) I think does what you want.
    Susan S.
    Susan S. Guest

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    Leen,

    When I want to do something similar to what you are doing I use a color fill layer. This way it is simple to change opacity or color later if so desired.

    Terry
    Terry Boyles Guest

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    I tried twice to respond to this on the website and the messages didn't get
    posted; will try via newsreader, not because I have a lot to add but because
    I'm trying to determine what happened to my web answers.

    Leen, with the Paint Bucket tool, if you set the tolerance on its toolbar to
    maximum (255) it should fill everything in the selection. That being said,
    I agree with Susan on Edit>Fill and with Terry on using the Color Fill
    Layer.

    Chuck

    p.s. If I wind up with multiple similar messages, I apologize...


    Chuck Snyder Guest

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    Leen,

    You were probably trying to apply the bucket to a layer with image pixels on
    it.

    You may want to try doing your selecting/bucket(ing?) on a transparent layer
    over your image. That way, there are no pixels present on the layer for the
    bucket to "tolerate". (I'm making up these terms as I go...)

    Byron



    Byron Gale Guest

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    other cool uses for paint bucket other than fill;

    set tolerance to default 32
    on screen right click and chose a different blend mode.

    For a sky filled with stars in one click chose white>disolve>low opacity.

    For brightning an area chose screen, play with opacity
    to darken an area chose multiply
    for freeky fun chose 'difference'

    anyways,...you get my drift. Opacity is key with most of these options to add special effects to images.

    other options to fill

    Alt + backspace > fills with foreground color
    Ctrl + Backspace fills with background color
    Jodi Frye Guest

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    Useful tips Jodi, Thanks
    susan
    Susan S. Guest

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    Jodi,

    This is why I have so many bookmarks!!

    Terry :cool:
    Terry Boyles Guest

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    Thanks to all of you!
    I hardly know where to start. ;-)

    Leen
    Leen Koper Guest

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    OK I give up. Where did they hide the paint bucket tool in 7.0 for Windows?
    Katherine Atkins Guest

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    with the gradiant tool.
    Henry Skinner Guest

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    Right where your manual and quick reference card show it to be.
    Chris Cox Guest

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