Getting to Know the Tools






Getting to Know the Tools

Tools are used to create, select, and manipulate objects in Photoshop cs. When you open Photoshop, the Toolbox appears along the left edge of the workspace (see Figure). We discuss palettes and the palette well in the following section, “Navigating the Work Area.”

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Figure: Your Photoshop tools include the Toolbox, palettes, and the palette well.

In the Toolbox, look for the name of the tool to appear in a ToolTip when you hover the cursor over the tool. Following the tool name is a letter in parentheses, which is the keyboard shortcut command that you can use to access that tool. Using the Shift key in addition to the key command accesses any hidden tools. In other words, pressing P activates the Pen tool, and pressing Shift+P activates the hidden tools under the Pen tool in the order that they appear. When you see a small triangle at the lower-right corner of the tool icon, you know that this tool contains hidden tools.

Figure lists the Photoshop tools, what each is used for, and in what chapter you can find more about each.

Figure: Photoshop cs Tools

Button

Tool

What It Does

Where It’s Covered in This Minibook

Marquee (M)

Selects image area

Chapter 31

Move (V)

Moves selections or layers

Chapter 31

Lasso (L)

Makes freehand selections

Chapter 31

Magic Wand (W)

Selects similar pixels

Chapter 31

Crop (C)

Crops an image

Chapter 29

Slice (K)

Creates HTML slices

n/a

Healing Brush (J)

Retouches flaws

Chapter 35

Brush (B)

Paints foreground color

Chapter 35

Clone Stamp (S)

Copies pixel data

Chapter 35

History Brush (Y)

Paints from selected state

Chapter 35

Eraser (E)

Erases pixels

Chapter 35

Gradient (G)

Creates a gradient

Chapter 35

Blur (R)

Blurs pixels

Chapter 35

Toning (O)

Dodges, burns, saturates

Chapter 35

Path Selection (A)

Selects paths

Chapter 32

Type (T)

Creates text

Chapter 36

Pen (P)

Creates paths

Chapter 32

Vector Shape (U)

Creates vector shapes

Chapter 36

Notes (N)

Makes annotations

n/a

Eyedropper (I)

Samples pixels

Chapter 35

Hand (H)

Navigates page

Chapter 29

Zoom (Z)

Increases and decreases view

Chapter 29



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