How do I change the bucket fill colour in Gimp Image Editor?


Suppose We want to Fill an area in this image


The bucket tool uses the foreground colour so lets change it-- Click foreground

Set new colour


Click OK to accept


Foreground colour now changed select bucket tool


Use bucket tool -- Job Done


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    How do I get this toolbox? When I click to get the toolbox up it is a single narrow vertical column without the bucket fill subsection your screenshot shows.
    – Josh Pinto
    Mar 22 '13 at 15:13
  • If you grab the corner of the tool box you can expand it. When its big enough select "Windows" > "Dockable Dialogs" > "Tool Options" from the menu a new widow opens. You can drag and drop that into the toolbox if you wish Mar 22 '13 at 16:55
  • is there a way of select foreground using menu options?
    – markling
    Jul 8 '19 at 10:41

The black square in the highlighted area defines the foreground color. This color applies to all coloring tools, like the bucket

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  • Where do I find this window. There are no other windows in my GIMP.
    – Josh Pinto
    Mar 22 '13 at 15:04
  • @BrentonHorne: for GIMP versions prior to 2.8, the <kbd>Tab</kbd> key will open and close the two additional windows: Toolbox and Layers.
    – carnendil
    Mar 22 '13 at 16:16
  • CTRL + B to get toolbox. Or menu > tools > new toolbox
    – markling
    Jul 8 '19 at 10:44

Even though it is late I want to add a particular case:

Reopen your Toolbox window

If you need to reopen your toolbox, use the key combination Ctrl+B or navigate through (GIMP version 2.8.14):

Windows > Toolbox

In this toolbar you can change the color by just clicking on the foreground or background color as indicated by @OrangeTux and @Warren Hill.

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