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By default, the fill tool in Photoshop with contiguous on, would perform an operation such that the specified colour floods until it touches the detected boundaries.

Is there a way of modifying the fill tool, or a series of steps, that would allow the fill colour to flow past the detected boundaries by a specified amount of pixels. Almost like a stroke around the filled colour but with the colour of the stroke corresponding to the fill.

If such is not possible in Photoshop, could I be directed to software that has such capabilities, preferably a free raster image editor.

  • Could make a copy, scale the copy, and remove the border on the copy – Zach Saucier Apr 26 '15 at 14:10
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I don't know that it's possible with just the Fill tool, but there are a couple ways to do this. You could instead use the Magic Wand tool to make a selection then use Select > Modify > Expand... to add your "stroke", then fill it with Edit > Fill...

Another way you already said it yourself...it's just a stroke, so you could just add a stroke to the layer. Start by creating a new empty layer, then make sure Contiguous and All Layers are checked in the fill tool options

Fill tool options

Fill your area, then add a Stroke with the same fill color.

Fill with stroke

I would prefer the latter method as it would allow me to modify the width of the stroke later on if necessary.

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You can't use it with the fill tool, but maybe you can write a script that combines the select, expand and fill tools to achieve your desired result.

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