How to Use the Bucket Tool to Fill Anti-aliased Art
I’ve been seeing some talk about aliased art vs. antialiased art involving the use of fill tools. They’re both nice, but you can use the bucket tool to fill antialiased art.
This tutorial takes place in Sai, with asides in for Photoshop Elements users.
As most of you know, antialiased stuff is anything you make in SAI that isn’t with the binary tool, and anything you make in Photoshop that isn’t with the pencil tool. I’ve made some lineart with the pen tool, so we are ready to color.
First, select the entire lineart layer with the selection tool. Then press Ctrl+C to copy the layer, and Ctrl+V to past the copy.
Move to the lower layer. Select the bucket tool. In the menu, you will see the options “Transparency (Strict),” “Transparency (Fuzzy),” and “Color Difference.” It doesn’t matter too much which one you pick, unless you are using colored lineart in which case it’s better to avoid “Color Difference.” Check the box marked “Anti-aliasing and set the sliding bar below to a median amount (try playing around with it to optimize it). Click to fill in the area of your choice and you’re done! For Photoshop users, the tolerance bar for the bucket tool is located here:
However, there are times when you may not want to have black lines on your color layer.
For this method, you use the magic wand tool to select the area you want to fill. Create a blank layer below the lineart layer. Go back to the lineart layer and select the magic wand tool. As you can see, its menu works the same way as the bucket tool’s. Adjust them as needed and move back to the color layer below.
When you select the bucket tool, the area selected with the magic wand will cease being blue and look like a normally selected area. It is not necessary to adjust the bucket tool’s settings when using this method. Simply click fill in the desired area.
For Photoshop users, a screenshot with the magic wand tool selected and the tolerance bar circled:
This technique doesn’t work perfectly in all situations (if you’re using heavily textured lineart, it’s better to fill by hand). But it can be a pretty useful way to fill in art quickly without making it look hideous.
well guys, ive finally figured out how to make gifs with photoshop elements, so you can expect gifs from me now! back when i used to make them, i was on a free trial of CS6, then once the trial ended i couldn’t make gifs anymore, so that’s why i stopped posting em. there aren’t really any tutorials out there for making gifs with PSE, so it took me a few hrs to figure it out.
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