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Currently I've got the "Change foreground colour" dialog open and whenever I change the colour I need to click inside the selection to activate the Bucket Fill. Is there a better way? ;)

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Ctrl + , is the keyboard shortcut for the 'Fill with foreground color'. Try that instead of the bucket fill.

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Thanks, that's better, but ideally I'd like to play with the colour picker and have the image updated immediately. – eug Mar 11 '13 at 14:43
Right, try Colors -> Colorize and play with the sliders. Is that more like it? Choosing a specific hex color will be harder though. – Tom Brossman Mar 11 '13 at 14:49
yeah, that's good too but the dialog isn't as nice – eug Mar 11 '13 at 14:51

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