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Adobe Photoshop Tutorial


Adobe Photoshop Tools Pallet


The tool pallet is normally located by default along the left hand side of your screen in Photoshop. If it is not there go to 'Window' on the menu bar and select 'tools' from the drop down list. It will look like the image below.

tool-pallet You will notice it is divided up into 9 sections each containing one or more options. The logo at the top will take you directly to the Adobe Photoshop web site when you click on it assuming you have an internet connection.

The Selection tools include the Marquee tools, Move tool, Lasso tools, Magic Wand tool, Crop tool and the Slice tool. Where a tool symbol shows a little black triangle to the bottom right of it it means there are further tools hidden underneath. To select them click and hold your mouse on these tools and you will get a pop out box showing the other tools available.

The Editing tools include the patch tool, healing tools and red eye removal tool (not available in earlier versions of Photoshop) Paint brush tool, Clone stamp tool, History brush, Eraser tool, Paint bucket and gradient fill tool, Blur and sharpen tool and the dodge and sponge tools.

The text and Vector tools include a vector point selection tool, Text tool, Vector drawing tools and shapes tools.

Odds and sods section includes a stick note feature, eyedropper and measuring tool, scrolling tool and a zoom tool.

The background a foreground section allows you to select which colours Photoshop uses as background and foreground colours. clicking on them takes you to a swatch pallet where you can select any colour or tone you require. There is a little symbol to the bottom right of it that allows you to toggle the background and foreground colours back and forth.

The toggle mask tool, or Quick Mask, allows you to see and edit your masks as you apply them. The area of your image that is masked will be shaded in red by default although you can change this colour if your require.

Toggle view allows you to select between window, full screen etc just the same as hitting the 'F' key when you have an image open.

At the bottom there is one last section that takes you directly to image ready should you want to optimise the image you are working on for the web.

Many of the tools have keyboard shortcuts. If you click on a tool and hold it down you might see a letter next to the tools name. This is the shortcut key for that tool. Pressing Shift + that letter will instantly change your cursor to that tool on the fly without having to select it in the tools pallet. If there are two or more tools with the same letter pressing Shift+ that letter again will scroll you through these tools. You can change your shortcut keys or assign new ones by clicking on 'Edit' in the menu bar and selecting 'Keyboard shortcuts'.




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