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Layers with Alpha, and how to fill

#1
Need help with this please... So I am trying to make a skin (for Second Life avatars) and I want to fill in the edges of a layer that are alpha'd. I remember doing this about 10 years ago (have completely forgotten how to though). I know I can just make a background layer and fill it with a similar/close color...but I'm pretty sure there's a way to have the fill (an auto fill) be on the same layer and have it take the color of the edges of the alpha'd layer so I don't have to choose in the color picker. Not sure if it was a free tool or not, or if it was something already built into PS. If you know, please do reply. Much appreciated. Thank you!
 

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#4
Are you talking about filling in the skin color in the transparent areas?

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Use the Brush Tool or the Clone stamp Tool.

There is a thread on this somewhere.
 
#7
I don't know of a single tool or command that does exactly what you want.

Not sure about why using an Action with additional Layers and Flattening afterwards would be a problem

However to do this in a single Layer:

- Select all transparency with anti alias
- expand selection to include edge effects softening that exist in your image (it is not one consistent color on a pixel basis along the edges)
- Sample the color you want to fill with and Opt+Del (Alt+backspace on PC) to fill the transparency area with the edge fill color you sampled
- Leave selection active and do a guassian blur to the same level you expanded the original selection into the image

Here is what I got with those steps (screen capture to show the selection edge)

Hope this is of some help

John Wheeler

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#8
I don't know of a single tool or command that does exactly what you want.

Not sure about why using an Action with additional Layers and Flattening afterwards would be a problem
It's just for the sake of efficiency, that's all and why I asked. I do know how to fill and merge...but with making these skins a few hundred or so a week, it can get tedious.

Thanks all for the answers though :)
 

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