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Applying color to shapes and graphics

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Applying color to shapes and graphics

Now that we know how to effectively work with color inside of Photoshop, it's important to note, how do we actually start applying color to different things that were working on inside of Photoshop? Well, in this in movie I'm going to be walking you through how to apply color to various shapes and objects that you might encounter in your everyday workflow. In this document, I have several different layers over here, a couple of shapes, some text, and then a background layer. I'm going to show you how to apply color to each one. The first I'm going to do though is turn off every layer but the background. So I'm just going to toggle the eyeball icon next to everything but the background.

Applying color to shapes and graphics

Now that we know how to effectively work with color inside of Photoshop, it's important to note, how do we actually start applying color to different things that were working on inside of Photoshop? Well, in this in movie I'm going to be walking you through how to apply color to various shapes and objects that you might encounter in your everyday workflow. In this document, I have several different layers over here, a couple of shapes, some text, and then a background layer. I'm going to show you how to apply color to each one. The first I'm going to do though is turn off every layer but the background. So I'm just going to toggle the eyeball icon next to everything but the background.

Now there are a couple of different ways to apply color to a background object inside of Photoshop. You can simply select a color like--for instance, let's say I want with this to be sort of a light green. I just picked up from the Swatches and then go to Edit and choose Fill and then select Foreground Color and hit OK and it would do that. Let's change the color a little bit to a light blue, and let's say I wanted to just instantly fill this without having to go to menu. I can choose Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace on the keyboard and that would automatically fill that with the light blue.

Let's change that to a yellow and then let's press Shift+Delete or Shift+Backspace on a PC and once I do that, it brings up the Fill dialog box and I can actually choose Foreground Color. Or let's say that I want it to fill with the white background color. I'll select that and hit OK. So as you can see, there are lots of different ways that you can actually apply color to a background or a pixel-based object inside of Photoshop. It's not just the background layer; it's anything having to do with the pixels that you want to fill with a color. So I'll go ahead and select a light green one more time and I'll just Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace to fill it.

And now let's turn on the buttons: the Left Button and the Right Button. Let's say that I want to change the Right Button to be a red color. So I can do this one of two ways. I can double-click the layer thumbnail, change the color to red, and hit OK, and it changes. Or I could switch to the Shape tools, over here on the left, and then up at the top in the Options bar I have the ability to change both the fill and stroke colors. So for instance I could change this to a different color, and then also I could add a different color stroke to it as well.

Same holds true with this other button. Since it is a vector shape, I can double- click on it to change it, make my change, hit OK, and it applies, or with the Shape tool selected, come up, make the change there, and also make a change to the stroke if I see fit. Here we go. Now let's turn on the text. A little bit of the different story with the text. I can double-click the T in the Layers panel to select the text and then change by clicking the color swatch icon, which is in the Options bar, and then making a change the text that way. Hit OK, and click Commit, make that change. Or a little bit faster would be to pick a color, make sure I have the text layer selected, and then simply use Option+Delete or Alt+Backspace on the keyboard to change the color.

If you didn't see that, let me change it to something a little bit more radical, like blue. Option+Delete, Alt+Backspace automatically fills it with that color. So if you wanted to use it that way you could. In this case, I'll just double-click it again, and let's change it to sort of a dark red. And if you don't feel like clicking the little icon here, you can also just click back on the T and it commits to that change as well. Now finally, the sidebar, we'll turn that back on. It is a vector shape, so again, we just need to apply some color to it. So in this case I think I want this to be white and I'm going to put in an image on top of it, making it look almost like a little Polaroid.

So let's just double-click and we'll change that to white and hit OK. So now I have all of these things that have been changed color-wise in just a few short and easy steps. Depending on your workflow, you'll find one way a little bit easier or a little bit more convenient than the other. But lucky for us, there is always more than one way to skin a cat inside of Photoshop. So take some time, learn the ways that make sense to you, and then implement those into your workflow.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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