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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.

Tools panel:

Don’t want to go page by page through on the guide? Okay, you’re in luck; I also give you the

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(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

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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.

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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

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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.

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If you don’t like having to press the shift key to

Tools

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

letter repeatedly.

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.

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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.

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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.

grossly.

Blur Tool

- 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.

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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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