Photoshop Tutorial : Using Solid Colour Layers

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to generate a solid colour layer in Photoshop. This is a useful way to change backgrounds on images. The setup here is that I’m using an image of a purple car which has areas of transparency on the top layer, and under that I have just a normal layer which is filled with yellow.

1. In Photoshop, click on the Layer1 layer in the Layers palette to select it.

2. Click on Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer menu.

3. Choose Solid Color from that menu.

This will open the Colour Picker

4. I chose a blue colour and clicked OK.

A new layer called Color Fill 1 has appeared in Layers Palette. This layer has two thumbnails and a link symbol associated with it. The thumbnail on the left is a solid color fill. The white thumbnail on the right is a layer mask. You can see the solid color fill through the mask because the mask is set to white. The reason for using a solid color layer is that it gives you the flexibility to easily change a solid fill.

5. Click on the new Color Fill 1 layer and drag it down below the Layer 0 (the car layer). Now the car is at the top of the stack in the Layers Palette and the background appears blue. Using this new layer it is now extremely easy to change the background colour easily and quickly.

6. In the Layers palette, double-click on the thumbnail on the left side of the Color Fill 1 layer. This will open the Color Picker again. Choose a new colour and notice the live preview of the colour changes to the layer. This is what makes it so good. Click OK when you find a colour you like.

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9 Comments

  1. This solid color layer is really useful when matching colors. Thanks

  2. Great tool, however you have to be careful not to overdone it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. thank you. I’m self teaching and this page came at the right time for me to complete my job. It was so much easier than what I’ve seen!!

  4. Hey,

    Thanks a lot. This is what i was looking for….sweet and simple!

  5. This is the best tutorial of it’s kind online. Thanks so much!

  6. Am SOOO trying to get this masking thing with Photoshop. This tutorial you have posted is i think going to be magic!
    However, the one layer at the base…. it is gold and you call it layer 1.
    Lord! have tried every which way to figure out HOW to make a layer with color. Can you possibly give me a link or do a tutorial on HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU GET THAT MADE.

    I am betting its another easy…. but until i have a clue… i spin these wheels.
    would really appreciate any directives or helps.
    Blessings,
    Thank You
    Myra from Asheville, NC

  7. Hi Myra

    That gold colored layer at the start of this tutorial is created by filling a blank layer using the paint bucket. You can make a colored layer using the steps above to make a solid color layer or you can simply create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the layer panel. Then select the paint bucket tool on the toolbar. On the color picker on the toolbar, choose whichever color you want then click on the new layer with the paint bucket. If you can’t see the paint bucket, it is hidden under the gradient tool on the toolbar.

    Hope that helps a bit : )

  8. THANK YOU!! Finally found what I wanted!! In Photoshop CS6 I don’t see the bucket icon and I’m new to Photoshop, I’ve been trying to create a new layer and fill it with color for some time now, I can’t believe how easy it turned out to be! Create a new layer and then Create -> Fill -> choose the color!! Thank you!!

  9. thank you very nice tutorials of photoshop

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