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I have a very simple problem. In the following image I want the pinnacles and other parts of my (admittedly very awesome) castle filled with some color and other shapes or outlines filled with other gradients.

For some very odd reason I cannot seem to tell the bucket fill tool to use a gradient? Or am I stupid? :)

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  • For gradients It's the Blend Tool, not the Bucket Fill Tool. – Takkat Jan 24 '16 at 10:25
  • Right, but that one will not allow for the Bucket Fill functionality, which is why I am asking explicitly for that :/ – Domi Jan 24 '16 at 14:07
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Have you tried this:

  1. use the Magic Wand tool and click the empty area that you want filled with the gradient. There should be a dashed line inside the area.
  2. Switching over to the Blend Tool
  3. Pick your gradient
  4. Apply gradient by clicking and dragging inside your selection, see image

Step 4

Update @Domi: This video should give you an idea how I use layer masks. You can use this masking technique together with the Blend Tool to create a gradient that fills the pinnacle of your towers

  • The problem is that even though in this case the pinnacles have a rectangular shape, that might not always be the case. Take the windows for examples. They still have a relatively simple shape, but it's already a pain to accurately select each of them... and imagine now that you cannot copy and paste and you have more than three... It would be quite a pain to trace out all those shapes. You sometimes would have to trace pixel by pixel so you don't get pixel-sized holes along the edges... Seems a bit much, no? – Domi Jan 24 '16 at 17:58
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    Hmm.. I see what you mean. I believe that you are working in a single layer. Having each element on a single layer makes editing the image hard to do. For example you want the walls to have a castle kind of feel to them. You could use the pattern fill tool to add that feel to it. But it doesn't look good so ctrl-z to be able to try something else. If you saved and opened the file you are unable to use ctrl-z to change that. video explaining layers – Damir Jan 24 '16 at 18:35
  • I use layers a lot. Do you mean that I should add a layer that colors only roughly the area (using rectangle or some such selection) and then add another layer on top that makes use of bucket-fill outside of the area to cover unwanted gradient area? – Domi Jan 24 '16 at 19:52
  • You might want to learn about Layer Masks. – Michael Schumacher Jan 24 '16 at 22:30
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    This video should give you an idea how I use layer masks. You can use this masking technique together with the Blend Tool to create a gradient that fills the pinnacle of your towers. – Damir Jan 25 '16 at 0:48

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