Photoshop Tools Explained
By Nok Haiz
Only one tool allows you to move items in the document window, and this is it. It allows you to move several items, including guides, objects and shapes in shape layers,and text objects.
Shape Selection Tools
These tools allow you to quickly select areas of the document. Using rectangle, ellipse, row, and column shapes.
Lasso Selection Tools
These tools allow you to quickly select areas of the document by using the mouse to draw a lasso around them.
Quick Selection Tools
These tools can intelligently select areas of the document by detecting areas that are similar to those selected by the mouse.
Crop and Slice Tools
The Crop tool lets you select an area of the document to keep and remove the area around it.The Slice tools are used for creating clickable hot areas for Web images
Eye Dropper/Ruler/Note/Count Tools
This tool set is a catchall. The Eyedropper tool is used to select foreground colors directly from pixels in the image.. The Ruler tool is used to measure areas in an image. The Note tool allows you to add notes to an image that help you retain things such as to-do editing lists with the image. The Count tool allows you to count and log items in the image, which can be useful if you are working with medical images.
The Healing tools provide quick ways to apply brush strokes that can heal areas of an image, from removing dust and scratches to removing red eye.
The Brush tools allow you to apply painting techniques to repair, enhance, and create images
The Clone Stamp tool allows you to select an area of the image and then stamp or brush that area into other parts of the image or even other documents. The Pattern Stamp tool allows you to apply a style pattern to an image using brush strokes.
The Eraser tools allow you to quickly remove pixel data from an image.
History Brush Tools
The History Brush tools are used to repair and enhance areas of an image by painting data from previous editing states of the image. For example, you could change the image to grayscale and then use brush strokes to add color to specific areas.
The Blur and Sharpen tools allow you to use brush strokes to blur or sharpen specific areas of an image. The Smudge tool allows you to use brush strokes to smudge existing pixels into each other.
Gradient/Paint Bucket Tools
The Gradient tool allows you to paint a gradient pattern onto an image. The Paint Bucket tool allows you to apply a paint color to sections of an image.
The Dodge and Burn tools allow you to use brush strokes to lighten or darken areas of an image. The Sponge tool allows you to use brush strokes to remove or add color saturation in areas of an image.
Path Creation Tools
The Path Creation tools allow you to create vector paths by creating lines between anchor points.
Path Selection Tools
The Path Selection tools allow you to select and manipulate vector paths by adjusting the anchor points.
The Text tools allow you to add textual elements to images.
With the Shape tools, you can easily create and manipulate simple geometric vector shapes and lines as well as custom vector shapes.
3D Object Tools
These tools allow you to create and manipulate 3D objects.
3D Camera Tools
These tools let you to manipulate camera views when working with 3D elements
Hand/Rotate View Tools
Using the Hand tool, you can grab onto the image and pan by dragging the mouse. This is available only when you are zoomed in on the image, but it's very useful for navigating around your image. The Rotate View tool allows you to rotate the canvas in the document window by dragging with the mouse. If you hold down the Shift key while rotating the canvas, the rotation occurs in 15-degree increments. Rotating the canvas can be useful if you need to align elements in the image with the vertical or horizontal axis of the display screen for editing.
The Zoom tool allows you to use the mouse to drag a specific rectangle to zoom in on the image. You also can zoom in at 100 percent increments by simply clicking the document with the mouse. You can zoom out at 100 percent increments by holding down the Shift key while clicking the document. The options menu for the Zoom tool provides several buttons to resize the document view based on actual pixels, print size, and screen size.
If you have OpenGL Drawing enabled then you can use the Scrubby Zoom option in the Zoom tool options menu. When you enable Scrubby Zoom, then you can click and drag the mouse to the left and right on the image to zoom in and out.
The background/foreground area of the Toolbox allows you to see and modify the current background and foreground colors. The foreground color is used by several tools to paint onto the image. The background color is used by several tools when removing pixels from the image. Pressing D on the keyboard resets the foeground and background colors to Black and White, respectively.
Edit in Quick Mask Mode
This toggles between Normal and Quick Mask mode. The Edit in Quick Mask mode option allows you to tweak selections using the brush tool to paint the exact shape.
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