Getting to Know the Tools Panel Adobe Photoshop CS5
Miriam Branco Azores
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Introducing the Photoshop Tools
Turning On the Tools Panel
I’m giving you just a very brief description of what
You can access the Tools panel by choosing
each tool does. You’re thoroughly initiated on each
Window➪Tools. Here are a few tips for using the
of the tools while you go through on the guide.
Don’t want to go page by page through on the guide? Okay, you’re in luck; I also give you the
(along with the other panels), press Tab.
exact spot where you can find more on each of the tools. For what it’s worth, I’ve organized the tools into logical groupings — although some can cross
To quickly hide and show the Tools panel
To move the Tools panel anywhere within the
over into other groups, and some are so unique
Photoshop window, drag the title bar. Re-dock the
that they don’t fit well in any group.
Tools panel by dragging it back to its origi-nal location.By default, the Tools panel is a single column. Click the double triangle at the top of the panel to display a two-column configuration.
Selecting tools To select a tool, simply click it in the Tools panel. A small black triangle in the bottom-right corner of a tool slot indicates that more tools are hidden behind that tool on a flyout menu, shown in Figure 1 (note that the Tools 28 Turning On the Tools Panel panel in Figure 1 is from the Extended Version of Photoshop). Click and hold down your
desired tool to access the flyout menu. You can also access tools by using keyboard shortcuts. For the most part, you can access a hidden tool by pressing the Shift key along with the keyboard letter of the visible tool. For example, to select the Pencil tool, which shares the flyout menu with the Brush tool, press Shift+B.
If you don’t like having to press the shift key to
access a hidden tool, chose: Rectangular Marquee - This tool allows Edit➪Preferences➪General and deselect the Use
the user to select rectangular shaped
Shift Key for Tool Switch option. You can then
areas within an image. The areas can then be
rotate through the tools by pressing the same
copied or cut and then pasted into new layers. The
tool also can become a bounding border for
When you hover your mouse pointer over a tool, color control, or icon, you see a tooltip. The tooltiptells you the name ofthetoolor icon and its
"pouring" color with the Paint Bucket or Gradient tools.
Other marquee tools are available by
clicking and holding the button.
key-board shortcut, if any. Although helpful at first, it can get annoying after a while. Turn it off by deselecting the Show Tool Tips option in the Interface section of the Preferences dialog box.
Move tool - The Move tool is used to move selected layers around. Clicking and holding the mouse button can adjust the positions of layer elements. This tool is also used to set and move Guide Lines.
Lasso Tool - This tool is used to select
Healing Tool - This is an especially helpful
parts of a layer for editing. There are
tool that is new starting in Photoshop. It is
other types of lassos available, including a
used to remove dust marks and scratches from
Magnetic Lasso and Polygonal Lasso.
photographs. The Patch tool is found at the same
Magic Wand - The Magic Wand is used to select portions of an image based on color. Sections of the same color are selected when the
position on the Tool Bar, but is used to repair areas of a photograph that are larger than the typical scratch.
wand it touched on the desired color and the
Clone Tool - The Clone tool is used to
mouse if left clicked.
copy portions of a layer from one area to
Crop Tool - The Crop tool is an important tool for making adjustments to the overall
another. It is similar to the Rubber Stamp tool found in earlier versions of Photoshop.
size of an image. Using the Crop tool affects the
Paint Bucket - This tool is used to "pour"
size of the whole image, not just a single layer. This
areas of color onto a layer. It is especially
is a powerful tool and must be used carefully.
useful when used with a marquee. The Gradient tool is found in the same location.
Eraser - The Eraser is used to remove portions of a layer. Its size can be adjusted so that it can be used very delicately or quite
Eye Dropper - The Eye Dropper is used to select color. The color that is "picked up" by the Eye Dropper appears as the new foreground color.
- The Blur tool is used to
Zoom Tool - This is a very handy tool used to quickly zoom in or out of an image.
selectively blur areas of a layer. The amount of blur can be controlled. It is especially handy when blending colors or objects.
Text Tool - This is the tool that is used to add to an image and to edit existing text. Size, color, and other attributes of the text can be specified and adjusted.
You can also check these documents:
Adobe Photoshop CS5 – Painting, Drawing and Typing
Photoshop CS5 – Working with Layers Adobe Photoshop CS5 – Channels and Masks
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