Tired of filling in a closed area with the Paint Bucket tool, and it leaving a small thin outline around the area you wanted to fill in! ME TOO! That's why I'm here asking around, lol.... I'm being silly, but in all seriousness, I have had this problem for a few years now and have never actually found an answer to this problem.
(Look at Image above for example) I want to use the bucket tool in Photoshop(2018) and with ONE CLICK, have it fully fill in a selection without leaving those annoying outline gaps.
I've asked people on many occasions on how to fix this and no one has found a solution so far. Now people have found multiple ways to fill in a section without just clicking once with bucket tool, but it requires more steps and more steps equals a waste of time. Especially when you draw comic's or commissions for fun like I do.
The examples above are the 3 most common ways people have avoided the Bucket problem, but I have also been told to:
- Color it in by hand.
- Color it in illustrator or a different program.
- Double click on with the Paint Bucket tool. (which docent' work because it messes up the line art, by making it blocky/pixelated)
- Photoshop's Paint Bucket can't do that.
and many more odd, time consuming, unhelpful, ways to color in an area. These are not solutions, these are extra steps and answers that are avoiding the question I'm asking...
I know Photoshops Bucket Tool should be capable of this, because on my crappy 1st gen. iPad mini I have a program called ArtStudio. It's a travel sized art program that has about 1/4th the capability of Photoshop, and it... it has masted this "One click with the Bucket tool, and an area is filled!" problem!!!
In ArtStudio the "Normal Mode" setting on the Paint Bucket creates the same effect as the Photoshop Paint Bucket. If the "Smart Mode" setting is selected in the Paint Bucket settings, it creates a solid color fill... IN ONE CLICK!
I love Photoshop, its one of my favorite art programs, but I feel like if this little travel sized IOS art program can do this, then Photoshop should be more then capable of this too. Please if you know how to fix this "Filling in the area WITH ONLY the Bucket Tool, IN ONE CLICK" problem please.... PLEASE share your wisdom and let me know. This is my biggest and only complaint with Photoshop and fixing this/know this would make my day!
Yes, stop using it. Do it the proper way: make your selection, modify it as needed, then fill with the desired color.
Paint bucket is really quick and really dirty. The precision level is zero.
But even Microsoft paint can do this without problems
no, it can't. it will work the same ("incorrect") way if you use the Brush tool in MS paint. and it will work the same ("correct") way in Photoshop if you use the Pencil tool.
In other programs you can set it to expand slightly so that it goes under the lineart without messing it up. In procreate there are no issues with using the colour fill tool really as long as you're careful.
Isabel, you can expand a selection in Photoshop as well, but it is still not a good workflow. Read the rest of the thread to see why. It will pay dividends in the long run
Dag, I know this is an old thread, but someone has woken it up. I had to laugh when reading your response above. Priceless!
To fill with the foreground color, use the keyboard shorcut - alt/opt + backspace/delete
Someone just told me:
Have your line art layer on top, Locked.
Have your color layer below that and make sure your selected to draw on that layer.
While using Bucket Tool use make sure the:
Anti-alias Box is Checked (Can be uncheck, but not recommenced)
Contiguous Box is Checked
All Layers Box is Checked
Then adjust the tolerance to what is needed! (around 100 is where I put it)
Then fill in color to your hearts content.
I'm enthralled! I've been playing with this for a little bit and it seems to be working. I will keep testing this and see if this is the best solution! ^u^
Also, thank you everyone who has posted a comment helping me on this problem!
Hi Amber. As others have said, the Paint Bucket is almost never used by experienced users. It is much better to work with overlapping layers. However, when the outline has a uniform thickness, it is better still to do it on a single layer and use a Stroke.
Your five pointed star, can be produced with the polygon Shape tool. Use the little cog in the options bar and check Star, and set the required indent.
You can then choose a fill, and stroke colour and width...
or you can choose to have no fill or no stroke by selecting the red bar icon from the colour swatches.
If your artwork is raster (pixels instead of a vector shape layer) then you can use a Layer Style to stroke it.
Note I have set it stroke the Inside. Choosing the outside would result in rounded corners.
This is a simplified account, and there is much much more you can do with these tools, but the bottom line is filling a void in a raster object is usually a bad idea because of anti-aliasing which causes the thin unfilled boundary.
I found the magic trick! It takes a couple steps of setup on your image, but after that, you can just bucket fill after bucket fill!
This works in Photoshop CS6 and later. Later versions might have something easier, but I don't like having my tools licensed instead of owned, so I still use CS6.
I assume you start with a line art image... the lines are black and they have some aliasing around them. Ok... here we go:
Perfect coloring achieved!
This is annoying for me too!!
Quickest way I get rid of it is to do the 'expand fill' method but record it as an Action bound to a function key.
So you use the magic wand to select your area and hit the function key to fill as the 'Paint bucket' function.
It's one more click but handy
Select>Modify>Expand - Expand fill by 3 pixels (Maybe this would need to change depending on line work)
You can set function key to use from the action options - not through the keyboard shortcuts as far as I could see
When you click the bucket tool... just click it again!
In other words fill the same area twice 🤔
I am entering waaay late in the game and others have given perfectly good solutions. But here I go.
First, a philosophical point for those learning:
Use anything and everything you have at your disposal to get to your goal. There is a divergent/convergent part of the learning curve: you try everything, then you get very selective and particular about what has worked best and what hasn’t.
I urge you to never stop there. Diverge and converge again and again. Then, instead of being fearful of magic wand, paint bucket, color fill (to name just a few common purported taboos that evoke "never use!" comments), you will actually learn to use all of these skillfully – meaning, when you need them.
You don’t need a parachute to jump off a curb. What matters is your landing.
Second, question at hand:
I find that using the eraser tool and a mask layer (alpha or quick) allows you to make a shape with the desired edge softness and then, when you fill with the paint bucket (contiguous, 254 tolerance) the result will be a filled shape with no inner halo. From there, you can add it to a layer and fill it how you want. I do believe it is always a good idea to use a mask on a pixel layer for a shape, so you can have flexibility to adjust both separately.
Hope this is useful.
30 year professional, still at it (I know, I should get a life)