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Hello there, and welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley, and this week we're going to be taking a look at Fill command shortcuts inside of Photoshop. So this is how you quickly and easily fill things with a color or something else maybe which we'll take a look at in a second. And how do you do that quickly and easily with a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop. So, first things first, let's take a look at how to fill this object or this canvas rather with our foreground color. That's really easy. On a Mac you're going to hold down the option key.
On a PC, you're going to hold down the Alt key and you're going to press Delete or backspace, and that's going to fill whatever you're looking at or whatever you have selected with your given foreground color. If you would like to fill this with the background color, which in this case happens to be white, which you can see right down here, you can use Cmd or Ctrl and Backspace or Delete, and it will fill it with that particular color. Now you can also go in and use selections, so I could do this, I can make a selection and I can fill this with the foreground color, Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace.
Make another selection here. Do the same thing. I can make a selection inside of that selection like this and then use Cmd or Ctrl+Backspace to fill that with white. Now, I'm going to fill this whole thing with white. So I'll change white to my foreground color, Option Delete. And let's take a look at text. So I'm just going to write out some text. So I'll type out Hello. And I'll blow that up so you can see it. And right now it's in white, so you can't see it. But if I were to change that over to black you'd be able to see it.
And there we go. And now let's say that we have some text selected here and we want to easily put a color on it. Well In most cases, what you would do, you would switch to your text tool. You'd click here, you'd go up in the options bar, then you'd change the color and then you'd hit OK, and then you'd switch back to the Selection tool. And it's just a pain. Well all you have to do really is find the swatches panel. Find the color you want. And then as long as you have that Text layer selected, hold downOoption key on Mac, Alt key on PC. Press the Delete or Backspace key and it automatically fills in your text with that color that you're using.
So you don't have to select and change colors like that each and every time. Same holds true for shapes as well, if I draw out a shape here. Close that. I can switch over to a color and then just simply Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace on that color and it will automatically change that to that color as well. So text, shapes, selections, whole backgrounds, whole foregrounds, whatever the case may be, you can fill it using those keyboard shortcuts. Now let's switch over to this document right here which has a picture of a field in it. And I'm going to zoom in on this area right back in here.
Right there on those little power lines. And so, what I want to do is I want to make a selection of those little power lines. Pulling down the shift key, there we go. And so what I want to do is get rid of those little power lines. Easy way to do that would be to go to the Edit Menu and then go to Fill and then Select Content Aware and hit OK. Or I'll cancel that. All you have to do is press Shift+Delete, or Shift+Backspace and you can choose Content Aware from there, hit OK. And boom, they are filled just like that.
And the same holds true even if you're not working with just tiny objects like that. Let's say you want to do a whole side. For instance I'll hit the C key on my keyboard to grab the Crop tool and I'll extend the canvas. Just a little bit more of a wide shot. That's okay. Hit Enter to commit. Now, I'll take my Selection tool, grab this whole thing, Shift+Delete. Content aware, and there we go. So again, the next time you have to fill the color or fill with content aware fill, or whatever the case may be, try out these little shortcuts. It's a really easy thing once you commit it to your memory and you'll be amazed at how you ever lived without it once you start using it, believe me.
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