The Flood Fill tool is a very versitile tool. With it you can fill a selection with a solid color or a gradient or you can flood fill with a preset pattern. With Version 6, you can also now set a pattern texture for your flood fill.
The first control panel you encounter for the Flood Fill tool allows you to choose your Fill Style, texture, modes, opacity, tolerance and sample merged. All the choices on this panel excelpt for the Fill Style are covered in my Paint Tool Basics tutorial.
Fill StylesSolid: When you choose Solid, you will flood fill with the foreground color if you click with the left mouse button or the background color if you click with the right mouse button.
Pattern: When you choose Pattern, you need to have your pattern open on the PSP desktop. You then need to click on the second tab of the Control Panel and choose a Pattern from the drop down list.
Gradients: Your Gradient choices are Linear, Rectangular, Sunburst and Radial. After your choose your Gradient Type, click on the second tab button.
Paint Shop Pro 6 comes loaded with numerous preset gradients from a simple foreground to background to very complex gradients of numerous colors. You choose your gradient from the "Gradient:" drop down list. You also set your angle and repeats from this Control Panel. The number of repeats can create some very interesting and complex patterns. The following demonstrates all the gradient styles set to 3 repeats.
Once you have selected your Gradient, you can then edit that gradient by pressing the "Edit" button. You will then be presented with the Gradient Editor.
New: When you click the New button you will be asked to name the gradient and then you will be presented with a new blank gradient.
Copy: When you click the Copy button, you will be asked for a name for the copy you will be creating. If you want to change the settings to a preset gradient ALWAYS make a copy of it first. If you change the settings on a gradient and hit the OK button, that preset is permanently changed and you will not be able to bring back the original preset (unless you have made a backup of all your gradient presets).
Rename: When you click the Rename button you will be asked for the new name for the gradient.
Delete: When you click the Delete button, you will delete the currently selected preset. The delete is instantaneous and cannot be un-done, so make sure you have the correct preset highlighted before you hit the Delete button.
Import: When you click the Import button, you will be asked to find the "*.grd" file you want to import. This feature gives PSP users the ability to share presets.
Export: When you click the Export button, you will be asked to name the gradient you wish to export. The Export feature is rather useless since the Copy feature does the same thing. Both save your preset to the Gradients folder with a ".grd" extension.
To teach you how to use the Gradient Editor, I am including a tutorial for creating a multi color gradient.
Fun with the Flood Fill Tool
Instant Glow Tubes
To create "glowing text", place your text as a "selection" and flood fill the selection with your glow tube gradient.
Pattern TextThe following image was created by flood filling text with a wood pattern then applying a Blade Pro bevel preset.