Welcome to the fourth installment of Photoshop Top 40, my classically arranged, reverse-order countdown—from #40 to #1—of the best features in all of Adobe Photoshop. As you have no doubt discerned by now, a single “feature” may comprise a collection of featurettes. As is the case this week with Feature #37: “The Fill Functions.”
Basically, it’s like this: You can fill a selection with a color by choosing Edit > Fill. But that’s the sucker’s route. Better to take advantage of any of several keyboard shortcuts, all of which involve the Backspace key on the PC or the Delete key on the Mac.
Admittedly, Backspace or Delete doesn’t make any damn sense for putting colors inside a selection; it should take them out. Which is how it all began. Way back in Photoshop 1.0, you pressed the Delete key (there was no PC version of the program back then) to delete the contents of a selection, thereby leaving a white—or background colored—hole. Then someone decided, hey, if you can fill a selection with the background color then why not the foreground color? Hence Option-Delete (Alt+Backspace). From there, a host of related keyboard tricks emerged. Watch the video to learn them all.
Thanks to poco_bw of bargain image vendor Fotolia for this week’s photo, a Rorschach-like detail of which appears below. I see a great bird of keyboard shortcuts taking flight.
For a list of all Photoshop Top 40 videos thus far, click this link.