P: Paint bucket Fill tool close-gaps, tolerance & do not fill this color

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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(This is mainly aimed at digital painters)
Being able to detect gaps in line work, and paint/select within the space. As illustrated in the photo. gap_inline-13ab5f86-70c7-4943-8451-ca19741be703-553336287.jpggap_inline-13ab5f86-70c7-4943-8451-ca19741be703-553336287.jpg

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LEGEND ,
Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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How are you expecting this to work?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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I imagine it finds a gap between two edges and "creates" an invisible line inbetween, to close the gap for coloring purposes. As if the computer calculates the shape of a given selection. An animation software called TVPaint is able to do this, if that will help you out.

Look for "Gap Closer" http://www.tvpaint.com/v2/content/art...

I also imagine it could be incorporated into the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket tool. Perhaps other tools as well.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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So you want a filter to find and close gaps?

Changing the magic wand and paint bucket would be a lot more involved...

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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No, not close the gaps. Only fill out color or make the selection AS IF there was a gap. I think it will be very useful for storyboard artists, digital painters, cartoonists etc.

In case of the paint bucket tool:
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LEGEND ,
Jan 29, 2013 Jan 29, 2013

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please make this - digital painters would love you forever - you already have it in illustrator

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LEGEND ,
Jul 31, 2018 Jul 31, 2018

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I've seen this suggested elsewhere but would be a big time saver for a variety of work in animation and so forth.

Basically it would work in a way similar to how the fill bucket worked on Adobe Flash where you could set the limits for the size gap that the fill bucket would fill.

This could be useful for both magic wand and fill bucket on photoshop.

All the best,

Tom

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LEGEND ,
Jul 31, 2018 Jul 31, 2018

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'Select and Mask' in contrary to 'Refine Edges' is limited when you want by a script open 'Select and Mask' with your values and then read changed ones after clicking okey button. With 'Refine Edges' that was scriptable while with 'Select and Mask' you can either use your values with no chance to read changed ones or use default ones and read changed. That's sad, a thing that worked well now is broken for so long time.

There is secret 'Refine Egdes' panel still in CC 2018 when you open it from menu holding Shift key, but you ca not imitate Shift key in this case by a script, while attempt to use 'Refine Edges' Script Listener record results as 'Select and Mask' panel 😕

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Contributor ,
Nov 24, 2018 Nov 24, 2018

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I Would love this feature. When Im coloring line art it would be so much faster if the paint bucket could detect gaps like in Flash. Or even the Magic wand tool had this feature.

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Oct 02, 2019 Oct 02, 2019

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Doesnt have to be a filter, not everything has to be a filter. I think adobe just needs to look at their other art software like flash(animate), or illustrator to see how to add this feature. It would make alot of artist happy.

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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It's standard in other programs for years. Something which works perfectly even with just a stack of lines. So why should Photoshop not be able to offer such tools, too?

https://assets.clip-studio.com/de-de/detail?id=1800143

https://tips.clip-studio.com/de-de/articles/590

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/1263

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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It's standard in other programs like Clip Studio for years. Something which works perfectly even with just a stack of lines. So why should Photoshop not be able to offer such tools, too?

https://assets.clip-studio.com/de-de/detail?id=1800143

https://tips.clip-studio.com/de-de/articles/590

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/1263

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Like this.

It's standard in other programs like Clip Studio for years. Something which works perfectly even with just a stack of lines. So why should Photoshop not be able to offer such tools, too?

https://assets.clip-studio.com/de-de/detail?id=1800143

https://tips.clip-studio.com/de-de/articles/590

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/1263

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LEGEND ,
Aug 03, 2021 Aug 03, 2021

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After working with Procreate on iPad, I feel like there's so much Adobe should take note of. One of them relates to fill options. Procreate has this slick fill option where as you click and drop a color, dragging left or right without lifting the stylus will adjust your fill threshold with live results, allowing you to find the perfect setting without have to adjust numerical values, undoing, and trying again. The paint bucket tool has been long without an update and the addition of this kind of functionality would make the tool more stylus friendly. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 19, 2022 Apr 19, 2022

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At present, there doesn't appear to be any reliable way to modify the paint bucket tool in Photoshop to close gaps or fine-tune tolerance. As an ink & line illustrator, primarily working in rasterised, hand-drawn ink artwork the Photoshop paint bucket tool is of limited use to me. ClipStudio EX Paint, a Korean (photoshop-a-like) application (for Mac OS & iOS) has many useful features for ink & fill that are absent from Photoshop. I use Clipstudio when I can. Unfortunately, Clipstudio Paint EX isn't the most stable software. Regardless, Photoshop could benefit from some of the excellent features in ClipStudio. As you can see I've accidentally filled the colour layer (in Photoshop) with the ink outline- a green ghost line. Of course, undo is an option but the green "ghost" outline might not be spotted on a layer below. This error can leave a faint ghost outline. Many Adobe Community members avoid the paint bucket tool entirely and use a combination of shortcut actions F-Keys to colour and ink artwork. I do this too. There are other ways to mitigate this problem but ClipStudio Paint has this nailed. For the Manga/Graphic Novel and Ink & line artist Photoshop (and Fresco) has no easy solution for this common problem. Clipstudio's paint bucket not only offers fine adjustments of tolerance, area-scaling, and close-gaps but also avoids filling for black lines (or any colour specified) -see photos. Did I mention ClipStudio also has a paint behind and paint inside brush? Time for an update Adobe surely. Screenshot 2022-04-19 at 15.33.06.pngScreenshot 2022-04-19 at 15.33.28.pngClip Studios many paint bucket tools- the paint behind is simular to the Adobe Animate toolScreenshot 2022-04-19 at 16.07.46.png

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New Here ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Imagine the Paint Bucket tool but with real-time tolerance adjustments and super smooth edge-interpolation. I won't name the (mobile) competitor but I've seen what else this tool could be and, as a concept artist, I now see that kind of reimagining as essential for a modern digital painting application.

 

With the right implementation, you could make the Paint Bucket a crazy fun, fast and versatile creative tool. As it is now, its just a barely passable, perfunctory legacy feature.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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That would be an awesome feature.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 02, 2022 Sep 02, 2022

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Hi,
I think it's time to make the Fill tool smarter. 🙂
The fill tool becomes useless when you try to fill an outline shape. It always leaves a gap no matter the tolerance you set. 
There are several solutions posted in Youtube. Like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxZuVX_acDo&t=15s&ab_channel=EnvatoTuts%2B
An option to create a new layer (fill layer) under the original (stroke layer) can be really usefull too. Ask to the community. 

Thanks

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