ABC PSP - Tutorial 05

Flood Fill with Color / Gradient / Pattern

By LismibaebisCreations
December 2005
Revised April 2021

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This is Lesson 05 of a series of tutorials for the absolute beginner with PSP.
It is recommended that you complete the tutorials in numerical order, as each new one will build on the knowledge gained by the previous tutorials

This tutorial is my own creation, any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses

Settings are written out below the screen shots


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other PSP versions, some adjustments might be necessary)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here

If you have another PSP version and do not understand the screen shots, email me and I will try to help you, I have several PSP versions from PSP 8 (the old Jasc version) to PSP 2020.

To flood fill an image, we have to choose either a color, gradient or pattern from the Materials Palette.
The Materials Palette is at the right hand edge of PSP.

The rainbow color image (R) lets us choose a color fast.

The first square (F) is our Foreground Color.
Foreground Color is mouse left click

The second square (B) is our Background Color.
Background Color is mouse right click.


1) Left mouse click anywhere in the rainbow image (R) and see your Foreground Color (F) change

2) Right mouse click anywhere in the rainbow image (R) and see your Background Color (B) change

By clicking on the arrow, you can switch your Background and Foreground Colors.


The little squares always display your Foreground and Background Color.
The big squares show what will be used if you flood fill, be that Color, Gradient or Pattern.


3) Left click in your Foreground Color (F) and see your Material Properties open


You have several options to choose a color.
Clicking anywhere on the ring (1) will help you choose a color like red, blue, green or yellow.
In the square (2) you will then get different shades of the color you choose from the ring.
The bottom hand (3) shows you the html code of the chosen color.
You can also choose a color by writing the html code into this field.

With your Material Properties still open

4) click on the Gradient Tab


The hand is pointing to a little arrow (next to the gradient or pattern example).
Click on that and choose a gradient.
I have chosen Foreground-background. That means it uses my current Foreground and Background Colors.

Click on the different Styles, change Angle and Repeats and see what happens

With your Material Properties still open

5) click on the Pattern Tab


With the little arrow on the right hand side of the pattern example, you can browse and choose a different pattern.
You can also change the Angle and Scale

Before you close the Material Properties, make sure that the Color Tab is chosen

6) File > New (Ctrl + N)

Width = 400
Height = 400
Units = Pixels
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/Inch
Raster Background = Checked
Color depth = RGB - 8 bits/channel
Color Transparent = Checked
click ok

7) Flood Fill Tool (F)



Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

8) Choose a Foreground Color and a Background Color

9) Left click in new image to Flood Fill with your Foreground Color

10) Undo Tool
Undo Fill

11) Right click in new image to Flood Fill with your Background Color

12) Undo Tool
Undo Fill

13) Left click into Foreground Color in Materials Palette to open up Material Properties

14) Choose a Gradient and click ok

15) Left click in your image and Flood Fill with Gradient

16) Undo Tool
Undo Fill

17) Left click into Foreground Color in Materials Palette to open up Material Properties

18) Choose a Pattern and click ok

19) Left click in your image and Flood Fill with the Pattern

20) Close your image, we do not need it anymore

Suggestions for future ABC Tutorials are welcome

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful.
If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at

A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2005.


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