PHOTOSHOP: fill in the colour on an arrow

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Hi,
I'm trying to create arrows and am using the shape tool. But I can't work out how to fill it in. Whenever I select the arrow I've created with the magic wand or the black arrow tool it selects the whole image and if I use the paint bucket then it fills the whole page. I can select the shape if I use the edit transform and rotate but I can't fill it.

Anybody know what to do?
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Chris Cox

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Which application are you using?
Which version?
Are you creating a shape layer, a path, or pixels for the arrow?
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Using 14.2.1 - photoshop. Tried using custom shape tool and then the line tool path. For both I can't work out how to put a fill colour on an arrow.
Thanks
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Hi, haven't had any reply to this yet. Can you let me know asap? Thanks
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Just change the fill color in the shape tool options bar while you have the arrow selected.
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Still waiting for a reply. This seems seriously broken with Pshop. I can set the stroke in Layer Styles but no clue how to set fill.
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> Still waiting for a reply. This seems seriously broken with Pshop. I can set the stroke in Layer Styles but no clue how to set fill.>

If you're creating a Shape with a Fill, you don't want to use Layer Styles until after you've added your stroke and/or Fill. With the Shape tool selected, first make sure you have Shape selected in the Options bar as the thing you want to create (not path or pixels). Once you've drawn your Shape, with it still active and the tool still selected, look again in the Options bar for both the Fill and Stroke properties. You can add/remove/change the Fill and Stroke there.

If you're using the Line Tool to create the arrow, rather than one of the custom shapes, make sure that your Weight in the Options bar is set high enough that you can see the Fill and not simply the Stroke.

Once you have a Fill for your Shape, you can add a Layer Style to apply a Stroke, if haven't,  and to change the Fill and Stroke using a Gradient or Color Overlay, or a Pattern. The Overlays won't work on transparency, so you do need to fill it before you use Layer Styles if you want a solid-filled arrow/shape.

Does this help? If you would be more specific about what you're doing, we could discuss whether the feature couldn't be improved, but it's not broken.