Color on fill is different than picker

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Confused, Dec 3, 2006.

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    Confused Guest


    I am pretty new to Photoshop...and I am running into a bit of a

    When I pick a color with the picker, the color shows up correctly on
    the squares....but when I use the paint bucket to paint that color, a
    totally different "hue" paints....

    Would anyone know what the heck is going on?

    Thanks for your help!
    Confused, Dec 3, 2006
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Should work if the Fill is selected to Foreground and the color you
    want is in the Foreground color box, the Mode is set to Normal and
    Opacity to 100% ... if this doesn't do it can you describe how far off
    the colors are and what the foreground/background colors are?
    Bill Hilton, Dec 3, 2006
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    ronviers Guest

    I can't explain why but I have better luck setting the foreground
    color to what I want the selecting the area I want filled then using
    the key sequence Alt+backspace. Don't ask me why, probably based on
    superstition, but is seems like the keyboard fill works better (more
    predictable) than the bucket fill.

    Good luck,
    ronviers, Dec 3, 2006
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    edjh Guest

    In the Color Picker is there a little triangle warning icon to the right
    of the color square? If so, that indicates the color selected is Out of
    Gamut, meaning it can't be used in the color space you have chosen.

    For more info look up Color Picker and Gamut in Photoshop Help.
    edjh, Dec 3, 2006
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    Confused Guest

    No, no Triangle.

    Confused, Dec 3, 2006
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    Confused Guest

    I have the foreground and the back ground set at

    R - 0
    G - 255
    B - 0

    What the pain bucket fills;

    R - 105
    B - 189
    G - 69

    Way off...and I have no idea why?

    I have color picked the foreground and back ground....
    Confused, Dec 3, 2006
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    KatWoman Guest

    make sure you are not in a funny blend mode
    set it to normal
    KatWoman, Dec 3, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Ok - crystal ball time. Your image is in CMYK mode, using the default v2
    SWOP coated profile. You are picking a pure RGB color, and not seeing the
    warning triangle edjh mentioned. It is in the color picker, next to the
    color sample and to the left of the OK and Cancel buttons. The fill color
    is changed to RGB(105,189,69) because it has been clipped to fit into the
    CMYK color space. You've set the mode of the info palette to RGB, and are
    reading RGB values from a CMYK image.

    The solution is to create your image in RGB mode. If your image is going to
    be printed on a press, then you will have to live with the fact that CMYK
    cannot print as pure a green (or blue, or red) as RGB.
    Mike Russell, Dec 4, 2006
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    Confused Guest

    Perfect, thanks all!

    Confused, Dec 4, 2006
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Good catch Mike!
    Bill Hilton, Dec 4, 2006
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    tacit Guest

    First of all, you are already making a mistake. Do not use the Paint
    Bucket to fill an area with color. Unlike other image editing programs,
    Photoshop's Paint Bucket is *not* a Fill tool.

    The Paint Bucket is a combination of the Fill command and the Magic Wand
    tool. When you click, it analyzes the color fo the pixel you clicked on,
    then spreads out in all directions, filling as it goes, until it hits an
    area of different color.

    If you use it on an area that is empty or all one color, it can act like
    a Fill tool, which is what often confuses newcomers to Photoshop. But if
    you use it on part of an image that already has things in it, then it
    will not fill the entire area.

    In Photoshop, there is no Fill tool. You do not use any tool on the
    toolbar in order to fill an area in color. In Photoshop, the way you
    fill an area with color is you hold down the ALT key on your keyboard
    and press the DELETE or BACKSPACE key.

    There are several reasons why you may be having thee trouble you are

    Your Paint Bucket tool may be set to some unusual mode, or not be set to
    100% opacity. Or the image you are working on may be indexed color, like
    a GIF; go to the Image menu, click on the MODE submenu, and make sure it
    says RGB Color, not Indexed Color. Or you may be working on a CMYK image
    but you may be using a color that you can not get in CMYK.
    tacit, Dec 9, 2006
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    tacit Guest

    It does--because the Paint Bucket tool is not a Fill tool, and will not
    always fill the entire selected area with color. The Paint Bucket only
    fills pixels that are similar in color to the pixel you clicked on.
    tacit, Dec 9, 2006
  13. Or you use the Fill menu. There is indeed no tool, but there is a menu.
    The menu gives you the option to choose another color than the forground
    or background colors, and the option to use different blend modes and/or
    a pattern.
    Johan W. Elzenga, Dec 9, 2006
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    ronviers Guest

    Nice to know.

    ronviers, Dec 9, 2006
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