How to Fill a Selection in Photoshop CS5

Sometimes you need to add a simple shape in Photoshop, such as a rectangle or circle. And while you might be skilled enough as an artist to manually draw the shape and color it in, there is a simpler way to fill a Photoshop selection with a color. You can do this with the help of Photoshop’s Fill tool, and is something that can be accomplished with just a few short steps.


Color a Selection in Photoshop CS5

While it isn’t necessary, it’s always a good idea to add a new shape or object to its’ own layer. This will make it easier to resize or edit the object later if you find that it needs to be adjusted. You can create a new layer by clicking Layer -> New -> New Layer. You can also press Shift + Ctrl + L on your keyboard.


Step 1: Open the Photoshop file to which you want to add a filled selection.


Step 2: Use one of Photoshop’s selection tools to create your selection.

make a selection



Step 3: Click Edit at the top of the window, then click Fill. You can also press Shift + F5 on your keyboard.

click edit, then click fill



Step 4: Click the drop-down menu to the left of Use, then select Color to choose your own color. Note that you could also click one of the other options if you just want to fill the selection with white, black or one of your currently selected back or foreground colors.

how to fill a selection in photoshop cs5



Step 5: Select the color with which you want to fill your selection, then click the OK button.

choose the color



Step 6: Click the OK button.

click the ok button



If you don’t already have one, a 64 GB USB flash drive or an external hard drive can come in really handy. Not only do they give you a convenient way to transfer files, they are also good options for backing up important files.

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