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In this tutorial, we will give you a quick introduction to the
All the tools in the toolbar have shortcuts assigned to them. The
shortcut is given on the right of the tool name.
I hope that it will help all level of Photoshop users especially in
a great deal.
Move tool is used for moving pixels on the screen. You can
move text, layer masks, normal layers, selected areas. The
shortcut for this tool is V.
Rectangular Marquee Tool & Elliptical Marquee Tool
The Rectangular Marquee Tool is used for making
rectangular selections and the Elliptical Marquee tool is used
for making elliptical selections. The shortcut for this tool is M.
Lasso Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool and Magnetic Lasso Tool
The Lasso Tool is used for making freehand selections. The
Polygonal Lasso tool is a bit more precise, allowing you to
create a selections formed by straight lines. The Magnetic
Lasso Tool has the most precision of all the tools in the
group. This is a recommended tool for beginners. The
shortcut for lasso tool is L.
Quick Selection Tool and Magic Wand Tool
Quick Selection tool has the advantage of being, as the name
suggests, quick. If you start painting with this brush inside of an
object, you will quickly select it. The shortcut for this tool is W.
The Magic Wand Tool is a nice little tool that has its uses from
time to time as well.
Eyedropper Tool, Color Sampler Tool
If you are doing color correction in an image, the Eyedropper
Tool is your best choice. Set the Sample Size in the option bar
first and then hold Shift and left click while using the
Eyedropper tool to access the Color Sampler Tool and create a
new color sampler.
Crop Tool, Slice Tool and Slice Select Tool
The Crop Tool allows you to crop your images to the desired
size. Click, drag and press Enter to crop your image. The
cropping is best done at the end of the editing process. The
Slice Tool and Slice Select Tool are mainly for Web Designers
and have very few uses for regular uses.
Spot Healing Brush Tool, Healing Brush Tool, Patch Tool, Red
These tools are very important if you are doing a lot of facial
retouching. The Spot Healing Brush Tool is the easiest to use.
You simply find the skin imperfection you want to remove and
click on it. The Healing Brush Tool is the same as the Spot
Healing Brush Tool except it requires you to set a sample point.
The Patch Tool is very useful for seamless blending of skin.
The Red Eye Tool requires you to select an iris with a red eye
problem and it attempts to remove the redness in the pupil.
Brush Tool, Pencil Tool, Color Replacement Tool
The Brush tool is probably the most used tool in the Toolbar
panel. You can use it to paint with pixels over your image. The
shortcut for this tool is the bracket keys. Clicking the left bracket
key decreases the size of the brush while the right bracket key
increases the size. Holding Shift while pressing the bracket
keys allows you to increase/decrease the hardness of the
brush. The Pencil Tool is basically a downgraded version of the
Brush tool. The Color Replacement Tool allows you to replace
one color with another.
Clone Stamp Tool
The Clone Stamp Tool has a lot of uses and if you are doing
photo manipulations, this is a tool you should use. It clones
areas from one part of the image in other parts. It is very useful
for creating new content based on an existing one and
removing skin imperfections or undesired objects.
History Brush Tool
The History Brush Tool allows you to paint on a new layer from
a previous state of your image. This is an important tool but it
all depends on your workflow.
Eraser Tool, Background Eraser Tool, Magic Eraser Tool
The Eraser Tool allows you to delete pixels from a pixel layer or
a layer mask. The Background Eraser Tool is like the Color
Replacement Tool but instead of replacing the color, you erase
it. The Magic Eraser Tool looks and acts a lot like the Magic
Wand Tool but instead of selecting pixels, it deletes them.
Gradient Tool & Paint Bucket Tool
If you click with Paint Bucket Tool on a picture, it will fill the area
with the foreground color. The Gradient Tool allows you to
create a gradient from the background and foreground colors.
The shortcut key for this tool is G.
Blur Tool & Sharpen Tool
The Blur Tool and the Sharpen tool both do one thing in
common which is – they blur and sharpen respectively.
Dodge Tool & Burn Tool
Dodge Tool lightens and Burn Tool darkens while in the same
time increasing contrast. Both tools are very useful in
The Pen Tool allows you to create vector shapes as well as
make selections. It is really helpful for clipping path.
Horizontal Type Tool & Vertical Type Tool
Horizontal and Vertical Type tools allow you to add text to your
images. With one of these two tools selected, simply click
anywhere in your document and start typing. You can change
the font, size and other settings in the Options Panel.
Path Selection Tool, Direct Selection Tool
These tools are designed to manipulate and select paths. If you
click with the Path Selection Tool on a path, you will select the
entire path whereas if you click with the Direct Selection Tool
on a path, you will select only a point or a handle bar.
Hand Tool, Rotate View Tool
If you are zoomed into a document, the Hand Tool allows you
to drag the document.
The Zoom Tool allows you to zoom into a document. Click to
zoom in, Altclick to zoom out.
That is all.
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