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Sep 1, 2013, 10:06
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Bucket Fill
I have a photo with flash glare yellow eyes. I blow up the area with zoom and apply a marching ant selection around the iris. Then I go to foreground selection and choose a blue infill colour which appears as blue on the double square foreground background icon. Then I click on bucket fill and try Shift + B, and then Control+ B in the selected eye area, then moving the bucket fill tool to the selected area. The latter produces a little icon with a crossed circle which I think means I cannot move it. The selected area doesn't alter in any of these tries, and the ants keep marching. I am probably overlooking something quite simple, but how do I fill the selected area using bucket fill? Step by step for idiots please. Many thanks.
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Sep 1, 2013, 11:22 (This post was last modified: Sep 1, 2013 11:23 by rich2005.)
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RE: Bucket Fill
You do not say which Gimp version / OS you are using which could well make a difference (Mac for example)

Quote:..I blow up the area with zoom and apply a marching ant selection around the iris. Then I go to foreground selection and choose a blue infill colour which appears as blue on the double square foreground background icon. Then I click on bucket fill and try Shift + B, and then Control+ B in the selected eye area..

A couple of things here, Shift-B does indeed select the Bucket fill tool - any reason why you use the hot-key rather than a mouse select?
Next one, Ctrl-B no longer fills the selection ( at least in Gimp 2.8.x ) Ctrl-B will raise the tools window to the top if in multi-window mode. No visible effect if in Gimp single window mode. If using gimp 2.8 ignore the 'help' that pops up when hovering over the bucket fill icon.

Want to use a hot-key. ctrl-, ctrl-. (control-comma/stop - see the edit menu) fills foreground/background

Quote:..then moving the bucket fill tool to the selected area.
Was using hot-keys, why the switch to using a mouse - perhaps desperation Wink

Quote: .The latter produces a little icon with a crossed circle which I think means I cannot move it. The selected area doesn't alter in any of these tries, and the ants keep marching..but how do I fill the selected area using bucket fill?

This bit is puzzling, the icon should change when you get into the selection. The crossed out symbol should change from when outside the selection to when inside.

I would try this setting in the bucket fill tool. 'Fill Whole Selection' then click inside the selection.
As this screenshot http://i.imgur.com/wY8a0ke.jpg

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Sep 1, 2013, 11:39
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RE: Bucket Fill
(Sep 1, 2013 11:22)rich2005 Wrote:  You do not say which Gimp version / OS you are using which could well make a difference (Mac for example)

Quote:..I blow up the area with zoom and apply a marching ant selection around the iris. Then I go to foreground selection and choose a blue infill colour which appears as blue on the double square foreground background icon. Then I click on bucket fill and try Shift + B, and then Control+ B in the selected eye area..

A couple of things here, Shift-B does indeed select the Bucket fill tool - any reason why you use the hot-key rather than a mouse select?
Next one, Ctrl-B no longer fills the selection ( at least in Gimp 2.8.x ) Ctrl-B will raise the tools window to the top if in multi-window mode. No visible effect if in Gimp single window mode. If using gimp 2.8 ignore the 'help' that pops up when hovering over the bucket fill icon.

Want to use a hot-key. ctrl-, ctrl-. (control-comma/stop - see the edit menu) fills foreground/background

Quote:..then moving the bucket fill tool to the selected area.
Was using hot-keys, why the switch to using a mouse - perhaps desperation Wink

Quote: .The latter produces a little icon with a crossed circle which I think means I cannot move it. The selected area doesn't alter in any of these tries, and the ants keep marching..but how do I fill the selected area using bucket fill?

This bit is puzzling, the icon should change when you get into the selection. The crossed out symbol should change from when outside the selection to when inside.

I would try this setting in the bucket fill tool. 'Fill Whole Selection' then click inside the selection.
As this screenshot http://i.imgur.com/wY8a0ke.jpg
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Sep 1, 2013, 11:40
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RE: Bucket Fill
Many thanks for your reply and I will work on this again. I am using Gimp 2.8 and have Windows 7 64 bit. Will try out your suggestions and post back later.
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Sep 1, 2013, 12:02
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RE: Bucket Fill
Have now managed to fill the selected area but had to click in the colour pixel by pixel. I couldn't find the 'fill whole selection' so would appreciate where to find this. Realised that the icon did change as it moved into various places in and around the selected area and so allowed the change. Yes, I did click all the hot keys in desperation!.....
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Sep 1, 2013, 12:41
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RE: Bucket Fill
@jomarie the 'fill whole selection' is circled in red in the screenshot.

No matter

Just had time to do this before I head out.

http://youtu.be/zi_MjVPSZ7A

It is only a minute and a bit.

Have a look, decide where you differ in procedure. Then come back.

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Sep 2, 2013, 09:40
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RE: Bucket Fill
   

Here are the problem eyes and I hope I have managed to send the photo okay. I have now got the hang of the colours and bucket, but none of the refinements as yet. The blanket infill makes her look mad eyed!
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Sep 2, 2013, 10:29
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RE: Bucket Fill
How to fix the eyes?
In all seriousness, go and steal some Wink
Go to g**gle images and search for blue eyes or (brown/green/grey) and grab a suitable image.

[Image: NQQmr7W.jpg]

Not a good choice on my part, the new eyes were too small, and after a copy then paste needed a bit of scaling.

Then it is a matter of faking in, I used the smudge tool and a fuzzy brush to 'blend' in any hard edges. Lots of ways.

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Sep 2, 2013, 10:45
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RE: Bucket Fill
That's just brilliant - I must try harder. I suppose there is no way of using these eyes in my photo? It's all getting rather complicated. However, I will experiment with the tools you used and see if I can improve my skills. Thank you for your help and it is good to know this forum is here to help. Many thanks.
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