Shapes don't fill only stroke

Explorer ,
Aug 01, 2017 Aug 01, 2017

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This happens from time to time since I've had CC the past few years. I'll create a shape in PS and for some reason it doesn't have a color fill - even though I have for instances a bright red as my foreground color. Instead of a fill it has a stroke (an option I never use in photoshop). Can't figure out why this seemingly happens at random and how it fixes itself randomly. Any ideas or quick fixes for this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2017 Aug 01, 2017

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Hi. Often CC remembers the previous settings you used for a shape object and attempts to redo them on a new object (which is likely why you're seeing apparently random stroke colors)

Nowadays, Shape Layer objects don't use the foreground/background colors like they used to. As you can see in this video, I've drawn a shape object that SHOULD have a black fill (guess I should've chosen a different color stroke so you can see that's not used either - but it's visible at about 11:00 in there.

We use the color swatches at the Options Bar to set fill and stroke in Photoshop (OR the Properties Panel, which is showing on the left of my screen - it has more power, but I chose to show the easy way).

Hope this helps.

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Aug 01, 2017 Aug 01, 2017

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Hey thanks for the reply! Definitely makes sense. The only part that I can't figure out is how it remembers no fill and a 1pt stroke even though I don't use those settings - maybe a weird quirk of PS.

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Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017

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Oddly, I've seen different computers somehow react differently to their own "default" shape drawing settings. I have yet to figure out what makes some remember a stroke, some not. Mine remembers neither stroke nor fill. I'd love to know if anybody else on here knows why we're experiencing these differences - but for me, I just note that they're there, and gave up on the "why".

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Aug 01, 2017 Aug 01, 2017

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In current versions, after you select a shape tool, head up to the Options bar. Pick Shape, then choose your Fill color, and optionally Stroke color and Stroke Weight.

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Explorer ,
Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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maybe this was in various previous releases but I thought you could always hit alt backspace to fill a shape.  If that never happened maybe I am dreaming but now it seems that in the case the last settings were just an un-filled outline, a shape with stroke only, now you cant just tap alt backspace and set the foreground color as the fill.  You can still do it that way if there already was a fill to change its color as expected, but not if there was no fill at the time you hit the keyboard shortcut.  I am sure this can be fixed with an action perhaps or scripting and overriding the hotkey, but curious if anyone knows and think this is related.

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