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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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