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Working with fills and strokes

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Video: Working with fills and strokes

New to Photoshop CS6 is the ability to control both the fill and the stroke values independently on your vector shapes that you've created. In this movie, I will be walking you through how to manipulate the fill and the stroke utilizing the new vector shape tools inside of Photoshop CS6. If you're utilizing an older version of Photoshop, like CS5 or earlier, you still have control over the fill color of your shapes independently, but you'll have to add strokes by utilizing layer styles. So I have a shape here in the middle of my document which is this light bulb shape and I also have several shapes surrounding it, which actually are comprised of one single shape layer.

Working with fills and strokes

New to Photoshop CS6 is the ability to control both the fill and the stroke values independently on your vector shapes that you've created. In this movie, I will be walking you through how to manipulate the fill and the stroke utilizing the new vector shape tools inside of Photoshop CS6. If you're utilizing an older version of Photoshop, like CS5 or earlier, you still have control over the fill color of your shapes independently, but you'll have to add strokes by utilizing layer styles. So I have a shape here in the middle of my document which is this light bulb shape and I also have several shapes surrounding it, which actually are comprised of one single shape layer.

If I turn them on and off, you can see they are all connected. So let's worry about the shape in the middle first and then we will worry about those shapes on the outside. So when I have this shape selected, I want to be able to change both the fill and stroke colors of the shape. In order to do that, I have that one of the shape tools selected in the toolbar and once I have that selected, you'll notice that I get the option in the options bar for Fill and Stroke. Again, this is completely new in Photoshop CS6. If I want to change the fill color--that's the color that is being represented right here-- I can drop this down and I can choose from any one of the color swatches that are available to me in Photoshop or I can simply mix my own by bringing up the color picker.

I get a list of recently used colors, which are going to be propagated by the various colors that I've been using throughout my design workflow. If I wanted to, I could also go here to this little icon and I could choose New Swatch, copy the fill. I could change the thumbnail listing, go into the presets, load various swatches, even go out and save my swatches for Exchange. This is basically the Swatches panel in a pop-up at the top of your screen. I will click away from that to close it, and now let's go ahead and select a color. So I will find a color somewhere in this list, maybe this.

There we go. And once I have selected that, I simply click the Fill icon again and it closes back up. For the Stroke, right now it's currently set to 3 points, but the Stroke Color is set to None, so it's not actually showing up. If I want to change that, I drop it down. Let's pick a darker shade of that same color. Now you see it automatically applies it for me. It's 3 points. I can then come here and I can adjust the size of this. So if I want to blow it up, I can increase it by dragging that to the right, decrease it by dragging it to the left.

I can also just type in a value. So let's say I wanted it to be 5 points. Type in 5 and hit Enter. I can also come here to the right and change whether or not it is a solid stroke or a dash or dotted stroke as well. If I do dashed, it dashes it like so. I'll attempt to dot it as well. You can change the alignment of the stroke to be either on the outside or the inside or aligned on the center. Totally up to you.

In this case I think I will go with the outside, and I will switch that back to a solid stroke. If I want to change the color of the stroke, remember, I just go back to here, pick a different color, and then click back again. And there you have it. Now let's focus on this shape up here. Since these shapes are all connected in one single vector layer, I control the fill and the stroke for all of them simultaneously. So let's change the fill color. Go back up. In this case I will change this to maybe a reddish-orange color and then for the stroke, let's change that to kind of a darker purple, maybe almost the same as that.

We will change the stroke options here, to have those on the outside; that creates some interesting looks, down through there. And we can even dash them if we wanted to. There we go. And I will collapse that back up. And if I want to change how big it is, I can shrink that down. I want it to kind of be a fine point stroke. There we go! So, since we have this ability to control these independently inside of Photoshop CS6, it really lends itself to some creative things that we can do.

It's also great because this is a vector object and the edits we are making to this are nondestructive. We could scale these up or down, change the colors as many times as we want, change the stroke pattern, the stroke alignment. Any of that stuff that we want to change at any given time we can, and we don't affect the overall integrity of the file or the clarity of the images that we are working on. That's the benefit of working with vectors and one of the great advantages of utilizing these new fill and stroke tools inside of Photoshop CS6.

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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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