When trying to create a border for an object, wrong colors fill in.

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I'm creating an album cover and trying to create a border around these squares. The squares themselves have a gradient applied, but I want the border to be black. When I select the pixels, modify, border, 3 pixels, and apply the paint bucket with black selected, the gradient gets applied for the border. I've done this before, but this is the first time this is happening.

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Kooper Koltes

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Ronald Keller

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I'm not sure I fully understand the question but can't you simply add a stroke?
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Sharon Sror

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I think.. the layer is not NORMAL..
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Kooper Koltes

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Both layers are normal
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And what version Photoshop is this? Works as should in CC2018
Paint Bucket tool? havent used that in about 20yrs...
Ctrl+backspace fills with background color.
Alt+Backspace fills with foreground color.
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Howdy Kooper,

What you're seeing is the Gradient Overlay.  It will apply to EVERYTHING on the layer.  It sounds like you want to appy a Stroke to the Overlay instead.

Check out this image where I did the same thing -- note, my original blob is red, not a gradient of gray and the blue is purely from the stroke:

Hope that helps,