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Photoshop Tools and Toolbar Overview

Learn all about Photoshop's tools and the toolbar. You'll learn how the toolbar is organized and how to access its many hidden tools. Includes a complete summary of the nearly 70 tools available in Photoshop that you can use as a reference! Now updated for Photoshop 2022!

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In the first tutorial in this series, we took a general tour of the Photoshop interface and its main features. This time, we'll learn all about Photoshop's tools and the toolbar . The toolbar is where Photoshop holds the many tools we have to work with. There are tools for making selections, for cropping and retouching images, for adding shapes and type, and many more!

We’ll start with a look at the toolbar itself, including how the toolbar is organized and how to access the many tools hidden within it. Then we’ll look at each and every tool in the toolbar with a quick summary of what each tool is used for.

Which version of Photoshop is this for?

I'm using Photoshop 2023 but you can follow along with earlier versions as well. Just note that some tools may not be available in older versions.

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The Photoshop toolbar

Photoshop's toolbar is located along the left of the screen:

The Photoshop toolbar and tools

Choosing a single or double column toolbar

By default, the toolbar appears as a long, single column. But it can be expanded into a shorter, double column by clicking the double arrows at the top. Click the double arrows again to return to a single column toolbar:

The Photoshop toolbar in a double column layout.

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The tools layout

Let's look at how Photoshop's toolbar is organized. While it may seem like the tools are listed randomly, there's actually a logical order to it, with related tools grouped together.

At the top, we have Photoshop's Move and Selection tools. And directly below them are the Crop and Slice tools. Below that are the Measurement tools, followed by Photoshop's many Retouching and Painting tools.

Next are the Drawing and Type tools. And finally, we have the Navigation tools at the bottom:

The tools layout in the Photoshop toolbar.

The toolbar's hidden tools

Each tool in the toolbar is represented by an icon, and there are many more tools available than what we see.

A small arrow in the bottom right corner of a tool icon means that there are more tools hiding behind it in that same spot:

The arrow in the toolbar indicating that other tools are available.

To view the additional tools, click and hold on the icon. Or right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) on the icon. A fly-out menu will open listing the other tools that are available.

For example, if I click and hold on the Rectangular Marquee Tool icon, the fly-out menu tells me that along with that tool, the Elliptical Marquee Tool , the Single Row Marquee Tool and the Single Column Marquee Tool are also grouped in with it.

To choose one of the additional tools, click on its name in the list. I'll choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool:

Choosing a hidden tool in the Photoshop toolbar.

The default tool

The tool that's initially displayed in each spot in the toolbar is known as the default tool . For example, the Rectangular Marquee Tool is the default tool for the second spot from the top. But Photoshop won't always display the default tool. Instead, it will display the last tool you selected.

Notice that after choosing the Elliptical Marquee Tool from the fly-out menu, the Rectangular Marquee Tool is no longer displayed in the toolbar. The Elliptical Marquee Tool has taken its place:

The Elliptical Marquee Tool is now the visible tool in the toolbar.

To select the Rectangular Marquee Tool at this point, I would need to either click and hold , or right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac), on the Elliptical Marquee Tool icon. Then I could select the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the menu:

Selecting the default tool from behind the previously selected tool in the Photoshop Toolbar.

A summary of Photoshop's tools

So now that we've learned how Photoshop's toolbar is organized, let's look at the tools themselves.

Below is a quick summary of each of Photoshop's tools, along with a brief description of what each tool is used for. The tools are listed in order from top to bottom, and specific tools are covered in more detail in other lessons.

An asterisk (*) after a tool's name indicates a default tool, and the letter in parenthesis is the tool's keyboard shortcut. To cycle through tools with the same keyboard shortcut, press and hold Shift as you press the letter.

This list is up-to-date as of Photoshop 2023 . Note that some tools are not available in earlier versions.

Photoshop Move Tool

  • Move Tool * ( V )
  • The Move Tool is used to move layers, selections and guides within a Photoshop document. Enable "Auto-Select" to automatically select the layer or group you click on.

Photoshop Artboard Tool

  • Artboard Tool ( V )
  • The Artboard Tool allows you to easily design multiple web or UX (user experience) layouts for different devices or screen sizes.

Photoshop Rectangular Marquee Tool

  • Rectangular Marquee Tool * ( M )
  • The Rectangular Marquee Tool draws rectangular selection outlines. Press and hold Shift as you drag to draw a square selection.

Photoshop Elliptical Marquee Tool.

  • Elliptical Marquee Tool ( M )
  • The Elliptical Marquee Tool draws elliptical selection outlines. Press and hold Shift to draw a selection in a perfect circle.

Photoshop Single Row Marquee Tool

  • Single Row Marquee Tool
  • The Single Row Marquee Tool in Photoshop selects a single row of pixels in the image from left to right.

Photoshop Single Row Marquee Tool

  • Single Column Marquee Tool
  • Use the Single Column Marquee Tool to select a single column of pixels from top to bottom.

Photoshop Lasso Tool.

  • Lasso Tool * ( L )
  • With the Lasso Tool , you can draw a freeform selection outline around an object.

Photoshop Polygonal Lasso Tool

  • Polygonal Lasso Tool ( L )
  • Click around an object with the Polygonal Lasso Tool to surround it with a polygonal, straight-edged selection outline.

Photoshop Magnetic Lasso Tool

  • Magnetic Lasso Tool ( L )
  • The Magnetic Lasso Tool snaps the selection outline to the edges of the object as you move your mouse cursor around it.

Photoshop Quick Selection Tool

  • Object Selection Tool * ( W )
  • The Object Selection Tool lets you select an object just by dragging a rough selection outline around it.

Photoshop Object Selection Tool

  • Quick Selection Tool ( W )
  • The Quick Selection Tool lets you easily select an object simply by painting over it with a brush. Enable "Auto-Enhance" in the Options Bar for better quality selections.

Photoshop Magic Wand Tool.

  • Magic Wand Tool ( W )
  • Photoshop's Magic Wand Tool selects areas of similar color with a single click. The "Tolerance" value in the Options Bar sets the range of colors that will be selected.

Photoshop Crop Tool.

  • Crop Tool * ( C )
  • Use the Crop Tool in Photoshop to crop an image and remove unwanted areas. Uncheck "Delete Cropped Pixels" in the Options Bar to crop an image non-destructively .

Photoshop Perspective Crop Tool.

  • Perspective Crop Tool ( C )
  • Use the Perspective Crop Tool to both crop an image and fix common distortion or perspective problems.

Photoshop Slice Tool.

  • Slice Tool ( C )
  • The Slice Tool divides an image or layout into smaller sections (slices) which can be exported and optimized separately.

Photoshop Slice Select Tool.

  • Slice Select Tool ( C )
  • Use the Slice Select Tool to select individual slices created with the Slice Tool.

Photoshop Slice Select Tool.

  • Frame Tool * ( K )
  • New as of Photoshop CC 2019, the Frame Tool lets you place images into rectangular or elliptical shapes.

Photoshop Eyedropper Tool.

  • Eyedropper Tool * ( I )
  • Photoshop's Eyedropper Tool samples colors in an image. Increase "Sample Size" in the Options Bar for a better representation of the sampled area's color.

Photoshop 3D Material Eyedropper Tool.

  • 3D Material Eyedropper Tool ( I )
  • Use the 3D Material Eyedropper Tool to sample material from a 3D model in Photoshop.

Photoshop Color Sampler Tool.

  • Color Sampler Tool ( I )
  • The Color Sampler Tool displays color values for the selected (sampled) area in an image. Up to four areas can be sampled at a time. View the color information in Photoshop's Info panel.

Photoshop Ruler Tool.

  • Ruler Tool ( I )
  • The Ruler Tool measures distances, locations and angles. Great for positioning images and elements exactly where you want them.

Photoshop Note Tool.

  • Note Tool ( I )
  • The Note Tool allows you to attach text-based notes to your Photoshop document, either for yourself or for others working on the same project. Notes are saved as part of the .PSD file.

Photoshop Count Tool.

  • Count Tool ( I )
  • Use the Count Tool to manually count the number of objects in an image, or to have Photoshop automatically count multiple selected areas in the image.

Photoshop Spot Healing Brush Tool.

  • Spot Healing Brush Tool * ( J )
  • The Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop quickly removes blemishes and other minor problem areas in an image. Use a brush size slightly larger than the blemish for best results.

Photoshop Healing Brush Tool.

  • Healing Brush Tool ( J )
  • The Healing Brush lets you repair larger problem areas in an image by painting over them. Hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and click to sample good texture, then paint over the problem area to repair it.

Photoshop Patch Tool.

  • Patch Tool ( J )
  • With the Patch Tool, draw a freeform selection outline around a problem area. Then repair it by dragging the selection outline over an area of good texture.

Photoshop Content-Aware Move Tool.

  • Content-Aware Move Tool ( J )
  • Use the Content-Aware Move Tool to select and move part of an image to a different area. Photoshop automatically fills in the hole in the original spot using elements from the surrounding areas.

Photoshop Red Eye Tool.

  • Red Eye Tool ( J )
  • The Red Eye Tool removes common red eye problems in a photo resulting from camera flash.

Photoshop Brush Tool.

  • Brush Tool * ( B )
  • The Brush Tool is Photoshop's primary painting tool. Use it to paint brush strokes on a layer or on a layer mask .

Photoshop Brush Tool.

  • Pencil Tool ( B )
  • The Pencil Tool is another of Photoshop's painting tools. But while the Brush Tool can paint soft-edge brush strokes, the Pencil Tool always paints with hard edges.

Photoshop Color Replacement Tool.

  • Color Replacement Tool ( B )
  • Use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop to easily replace the color of an object with a different color.

Photoshop Mixer Brush Tool.

  • Mixer Brush Tool ( B )
  • Unlike the standard Brush Tool, the Mixer Brush in Photoshop can simulate elements of real painting such as mixing and combining colors, and paint wetness.

Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool.

  • Clone Stamp Tool * ( S )
  • The Clone Stamp Tool is the most basic of Photoshop's retouching tools. It samples pixels from one area of the image and paints them over pixels in another area.

Photoshop Pattern Stamp Tool.

  • Pattern Stamp Tool ( S )
  • Use the Pattern Stamp Tool to paint a pattern over the image.

Photoshop History Brush Tool.

  • History Brush Tool * ( Y )
  • The History Brush Tool paints a snapshot from an earlier step (history state) into the current version of the image. Choose the previous state from the History panel.

Photoshop Art History Brush Tool.

  • Art History Brush Tool ( Y )
  • The Art History Brush also paints a snapshot from an earlier history state into the image, but does so using stylized brush strokes.

Photoshop Eraser Tool.

  • Eraser Tool * ( E )
  • The Eraser Tool in Photoshop permanently erases pixels on a layer. It can also be used to paint in a previous history state.

Photoshop Background Eraser Tool.

  • Background Eraser Tool ( E )
  • The Background Eraser Tool erases areas of similar color in an image by painting over them.

Photoshop Magic Eraser Tool.

  • Magic Eraser Tool ( E )
  • The Magic Eraser Tool is similar to the Magic Wand Tool in that it selects areas of similar color with a single click. But the Magic Eraser Tool then permanently deletes those areas.

Photoshop Gradient Tool.

  • Gradient Tool * ( G )
  • Photoshop's Gradient Tool draws gradual blends between multiple colors. The Gradient Editor lets you create and customize your own gradients.

Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool.

  • Paint Bucket Tool ( G )
  • The Paint Bucket Tool fills an area of similar color with your Foreground color or a pattern. The "Tolerance" value determines the range of colors that will be affected around the area where you clicked.

Photoshop 3D Material Drop Tool.

  • 3D Material Drop Tool ( G )
  • Used in 3D modeling, the 3D Material Drop Tool lets you sample a material from one area and then drop it into another area of your model, mesh or 3D layer.

Photoshop Blur Tool.

  • Blur Tool *
  • The Blur Tool blurs and softens areas you paint over with the tool.

Photoshop Sharpen Tool.

  • Sharpen Tool
  • The Sharpen Tool sharpens areas you paint over.

Photoshop Smudge Tool.

  • Smudge Tool
  • The Smudge Tool in Photoshop smudges and smears the areas you paint over. It can also be used to create a finger painting effect.

Photoshop Dodge Tool.

  • Dodge Tool * ( O )
  • Paint over areas in the image with the Dodge Tool to lighten them.

Photoshop Dodge Tool.

  • Burn Tool ( O )
  • The Burn Tool will darken the areas you paint over.

Photoshop Sponge Tool.

  • Sponge Tool ( O )
  • Paint over areas with the Sponge Tool to increase or decrease color saturation.

Photoshop Pen Tool.

  • Pen Tool * ( P )
  • Photoshop's Pen Tool allows you to draw extremely precise paths, vector shapes or selections.

Photoshop Freeform Pen Tool.

  • Freeform Pen Tool ( P )
  • The Freeform Pen Tool allows you to draw freehand paths or shapes. Anchor points are automatically added to the path as you draw.

Photoshop Curvature Pen Tool

  • Curvature Pen Tool ( P )
  • The Curvature Pen Tool is an easier, simplified version of the Pen Tool. New as of Photoshop CC 2018.

Photoshop Add Anchor Point Tool.

  • Add Anchor Point Tool
  • Use the Add Anchor Point Tool to add additional anchor points along a path.

Photoshop Add Anchor Point Tool.

  • Delete Anchor Point Tool
  • Click on an existing anchor point along a path with the Delete Anchor Point Tool to remove the point.

Photoshop Convert Point Tool.

  • Convert Point Tool
  • On a path, click on a smooth anchor point with the Convert Point Tool to convert it to a corner point. Click a corner point to convert it to a smooth point.

Photoshop Horizontal Type Tool.

  • Horizontal Type Tool * ( T )
  • Known simply as the Type Tool in Photoshop, use the Horizontal Type Tool to add standard type to your document.

Photoshop Vertical Type Tool.

  • Vertical Type Tool ( T )
  • The Vertical Type Tool adds type vertically from top to bottom.

Photoshop Vertical Mask Type Tool.

  • Vertical Type Mask Tool ( T )
  • Rather than adding editable text to your document, the Vertical Type Mask Tool creates a selection outline in the shape of vertical type.

Photoshop Horizontal Mask Type Tool.

  • Horizontal Type Mask Tool ( T )
  • Like the Vertical Mask Type Tool, the Horizontal Type Mask Tool creates a selection outline in the shape of type. However, the type is added horizontally rather than vertically.

Photoshop Horizontal Mask Type Tool.

  • Path Selection Tool * ( A )
  • Use the Path Selection Tool (the black arrow) in Photoshop to select and move an entire path at once.

Photoshop Horizontal Mask Type Tool.

  • Direct Selection Tool ( A )
  • Use the Direct Selection Tool (the white arrow) to select and move an individual path segment, anchor point or direction handle.

Photoshop Rectangle Tool.

  • Rectangle Tool * ( U )
  • The Rectangle Tool draws rectangular vector shapes, paths or pixel shapes, with sharp or rounded corners. Press and hold Shift as you drag to force the shape into a perfect square.

Photoshop Ellipse Tool.

  • Ellipse Tool ( U )
  • The Ellipse Tool draws elliptical vector shapes, paths or pixel shapes. Press and hold Shift as you drag to draw a perfect circle.

Photoshop Triangle Tool

  • Triangle Tool ( U )
  • The Triangle Tool draws triangle shapes. Hold Shift to draw an equilateral triangle, or use the Radius option to round the corners.

Photoshop Polygon Tool.

  • Polygon Tool ( U )
  • The Polygon Tool draws polygonal shapes with any number of sides. Use the Star Ratio option to turn polygons into stars.

Photoshop Line Tool.

  • Line Tool ( U )
  • The Line Tool draws straight lines or arrows. Use the Stroke color and weight to control the appearance of the line.

Photoshop Custom Shape Tool.

  • Custom Shape Tool ( U )
  • Photoshop's Custom Shape Tool lets you select and draw custom shapes. Choose from Photoshop's hundreds of built-in custom shapes or create your own .

Photoshop Hand Tool.

  • Hand Tool * ( H )
  • The Hand Tool lets us click and drag an image around on the screen to view different areas when zoomed in.

Photoshop Rotate View Tool.

  • Rotate View Tool ( R )
  • Use the Rotate View Tool in Photoshop to rotate the canvas so you can view and edit the image from different angles.

Photoshop Zoom Tool.

  • Zoom Tool * ( Z )
  • Click on the image with the Zoom Tool to zoom in on a specific area. Press and hold Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) and click with the Zoom Tool to zoom out.

And there we have it! Now that we know more about Photoshop's toolbar and its many tools, the next lesson shows you how to reset Photoshop's toolbar back to its original, default layout! You can jump to any of the other lessons in this Learning the Photoshop Interface chapter. Or visit our Photoshop Basics section for more topics!

Photoshop » Basics » Tools » Every Photoshop Tool Explained

Every photoshop tool explained.

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To use Photoshop for photo editing and graphic design effectively, you need to know Photoshop tools. The tools, found in the Toolbar on the left-hand side, allow you to edit and manipulate images and make designs from scratch. In this article, I explain each tool and what it’s best used for.

Whether you are a beginner opening Photoshop for the first time or a seasoned user, this article has something for you. Adobe is constantly updating the program, and in some updates, new tools appear, and you may not be familiar with what the tool does. Here is all you need to know about the current Photoshop tools.

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How Many Tools Are In Photoshop?

Adobe does a significant upgrade of its software every six months or so, and some of these upgrades include new tools for Photoshop. So while there are currently 69 tools in Photoshop 2022 version 23.5.0, this may change in the future.

You can find the tools in the Toolbar , either from the visible icon or within the hidden panel, which I will discuss how to access shortly.

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Understanding The Toolbar In Photoshop

By default, the Toolbar is located on the left-hand side of the Photoshop workspace. If your Toolbar isn’t visible and you can’t find it, navigate to Window > Tools . The bar is visible in your workspace when there is a checkmark next to Tools .

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You can expand the Toolbar or keep it tight against the side of the workspace. Use the double arrow icon at the top of the Toolbar to expand or contract the bar. This icon changes the Toolbar from keeping the icons in a single or double row.

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The visible icons aren’t the only tools available for you to use. The small arrow below the tool icon shows the tools that contain other hidden tools.

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You can access hidden tools by clicking and holding on an icon to open the fly-out menu, which contains other tools in the group. 

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Photoshop also offers Rich Tooltips for each tool in the Toolbar. These tips give you the name of the tool, the shortcut, a brief description, and a quick video showing the tool in action. You can access these tips by hovering your mouse over a tool icon until a window shows you the information.

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Click on Learn More to open the Discover dialogue box , which has a more in-depth explanation of the tool.

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Summary Of Every Tool In Photoshop

Learning to master each tool takes some understanding and plenty of practice. Here is a summary of every tool in the Photoshop Toolbar to give you an idea of how it works and why you would use it.

The Selection Tools

The first group of tools is used to move layers and objects or make selections of various elements.

– Move Tool (V)

The Move Tool ( V ) is at the top of the Toolbar and is used to move layers, selections, and guides around the canvas or artboard. 

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Select the Move Tool and click on a layer or element to move it around. This tool is key to organizing the objects on your canvas. For instance, I can use the tool to move the circle behind the dog graphic into the position I want.

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– Artboard Tool (V)

The Artboard Tool ( V ) is valuable when using artboards instead of a single canvas. The tool allows you to move and create artboards.

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When the Artboard Tool is active, you can change various settings in the Options bar and add new artboards in the workspace.

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– Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)

You can use the Rectangular Marquee Tool ( M ) to create rectangular or square-shaped selections on the canvas. Hold in Shift while creating the selection to make a square shape.

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Once you have made the selection, you can cut out objects, add selective adjustments to the image, and much more. The limitation of this tool is the shape, although it is useful to make a quick selection in this shape.

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You can then cut the selection out of the image by adding a layer mask or adding an adjustment to the selection.

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– Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)

You can find the Elliptical Marquee Tool ( M ) in the Marquee Tool group, which functions similarly to the Rectangular Marquee Tool. However, this tool is in an elliptical shape, and you can create a circle by holding Shift while making the selection.

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This tool is best used for making circular selections on the canvas. 

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You can then use the selection as needed, such as cropping the layer.

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– Single Row Marquee Tool

The Single Row Marquee Tool functions like the other Marquee Tools, except it creates a one-pixel thick selection across the whole canvas.

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– Single Column Marquee Tool

The Single Column Marquee Tool creates a vertical line across the canvas that is one pixel wide.

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– Lasso Tool (L)

The Lasso Tool ( L ) is the next icon on the Toolbar and is a freeform selection tool.

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You can use the Lasso Tool to create rough selections on the canvas by clicking and dragging around the area. This tool is excellent for making quick selections and adjustments, such as selectively changing a color. For example, I changed the woman’s tights without affecting the top.

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– Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)

The Polygonal Lasso Tool ( L ) also creates freeform selections.

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However, this tool keeps the lines straight, allowing you to create straight-lined selections.

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You can get creative by slicing text using this tool or cutting rough but straight-lined selections out of your image.

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– Magnetic Lasso Tool (L)

The Magnetic Lasso Tool ( L ) is a more intuitive lasso selection tool, which is excellent for making selections around complex objects with precise edges, especially when you need a quicker solution than the Pen Tool.

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This tool uses AI to detect the edges of an object in the image to create a more precise selection. To use the tool, click and drag close to the subject’s edge, and the selection snaps to the edge.

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– Object Selection Tool (W)

The Object Selection Tool ( W ) is the fastest tool to make a selection when there is a prominent object in your image.

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Use this tool by clicking on the object in your photo. The Object Selection Tool is an excellent choice for selecting multiple objects in an image or quickly removing the background from a picture.

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– Quick Selection Tool (W)

The Quick Selection Tool ( W ) is another intuitive selection tool that detects edges in the image while you paint over the area using a brush.

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Use the tool by clicking and dragging around the object you want to select, and Photoshop will detect the most likely edges of the selection. You can keep painting over the area to select more pixels.

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This tool is best used when there are precise edges, and you only need a rough selection.

– Magic Wand Tool (W)

The Magic Wand Tool ( W ) selects pixels in an image based on color. Use this tool to select a color accurately and its various shades in a picture.

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To use the tool, click on the color you want to be selected, and Photoshop only selects that color in the picture and other colors are left unselected. You can use this tool to change a particular color in an image without affecting the rest.

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Crop And Slice Tools

The Crop and Slice Tools are used to cut the image by cropping the sides or slicing an area to save it separately from the entire picture.

– Crop Tool (C)

The Crop Tool ( C ) crops your image to a freeform ratio or a set size or ratio. You can use this tool to crop or straighten images .

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Use this tool by dragging the handles inwards to crop the image. The best use for this tool is to remove unwanted distractions around the edges of an image or to change the photo ratio .

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– Perspective Crop Tool (C)

The Perspective Crop Tool ( C ) also trims the image, except you can change the perspective of the cropped area.

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Use each anchor point of the crop box to warp the area you are trimming as needed.

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– Slice Tool (C)

The Slice Tool ( C ) creates slices on an image that you can extract and save separately to the picture without committing to a crop.

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Click and drag to create a slice around the object in the image. 

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– Slice Select Tool (C)

Use the Slice Select Tool ( C ) to select and move a slice around the photo to a new spot.

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– Frame Tool (K)

The Frame Tool ( K ) creates a rectangle, square, elliptical, or circle frame onto the canvas.

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Once you click and drag to create a frame, you can easily add an image into the frame by going to File > Place Embedded .

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Measuring Tools

Use the measuring tools to measure the canvas, add notes, or sample various colors.

– Eyedropper Tool (I)

The Eyedropper Tool ( I ) samples colors on the image.

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Use this tool by clicking on a color in the image. The color is then added as your foreground color, and you can save it or use it to create new elements.

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– 3D Material Eyedropper Tool (I)

The 3D Material Eyedropper Tool ( I ) samples colors and textures in the 3D workspace.

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Photoshop is discontinuing the 3D functionality, and users can use Adobe’s Substance line for these capabilities.

– Color Sampler Tool (I)

The Color Sampler Tool ( I ) samples up to 10 different colors and displays the values.

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– Ruler Tool (I)

The Ruler Tool ( I ) creates a temporary straight line on the canvas.

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Click and drag a line on the canvas to add the ruler. You can then use this temporary line to measure angles, distances, and straight lines.

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– Note Tool (I) 

The Note Tool ( I ) allows you to add temporary notes to specific areas of the image.

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This tool helps give team members instructions to edit an image or to provide feedback on edits.

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– Count Tool (I)

The Count Tool ( I ) adds temporary numbers to the image by clicking on the area to add a number.

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You can use the Count Tool to count objects in an image or to point out editing areas for other team members.

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Retouching Tools

Photoshop offers multiple retouching tools to remove an image’s blemishes, distracting objects, and minor imperfections.

– Spot Healing Brush Tool (J)

The Spot Healing Brush Tool ( J ) removes blemishes and marks with a click or brush stroke.

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To use the tool, click on a spot or brush over an area, and Photoshop replaces the pixels with the closest match.

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– Healing Brush Tool (J)

The Healing Brush Tool ( J ) covers marks and blemishes with sampled pixels.

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To use the tool, hold in Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) to sample an area. Then click on the spot you want to cover with the sampled pixels. Use this tool when you want control over the replaced pixels when covering blemishes.

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– Patch Tool (J)

The Patch Tool ( J ) fixes imperfections in an area by blending pixels from a sample or pattern.

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First, use a lasso selection to section an area, then drag the selection to where you want to replace the initial selection. The tool blends the pixels but isn’t as accurate when used on skin tones.

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– Content-Aware Move Tool (J)

The Content-Aware Tool ( J ) allows you to move objects in an image.

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Create a rough selection around the object and drag it to a new spot. Photoshop will blend the object as best as possible into the new area.

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– Red Eye Tool (J)

The Red Eye Tool ( J ) removes the red reflection in a person’s eye caused by the flash of a camera. All you need to do is click on the red eye or drag the block around the eye.

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– Clone Stamp Tool (S)

The Clone Stamp Tool ( S ) intuitively copies an object in a photo and pastes it in a new location.

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First, hold Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) to sample an area, then click on the new location to paste the copied pixels. 

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– Pattern Stamp Tool (S)

The Pattern Stamp Tool ( S ) paints a chosen pattern onto the canvas.

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– Eraser Tool (E)

The Eraser Tool ( E ) destructively deletes pixels from the canvas. Drag over the pixels using the brush to delete them.

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– Background Eraser Tool (E)

The Background Eraser Tool ( E ) deletes the background pixels while protecting the subject pixels.

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Click and drag the brush over the background color to delete background pixels.

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– Magic Eraser Tool (E)

The Magic Eraser Tool ( E ) deletes pixels of the same color.

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Click on a color, and Photoshop deletes all pixels with that color.

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– Blur Tool

The Blur Tool softens the areas you brush over, causing a blur effect on the image. Use the tool by clicking and dragging over the area to blur it.

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– Sharpen Tool

The Sharpen Tool crisps up soft edges in an image creating a sharper effect.

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– Smudge Tool

The Smudge Tool blotches pixels in an image, causing a smudged effect.

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– Dodge Tool (O)

The Dodge Tool ( O ) lightens areas you brush over in an image, increasing the exposure in that area. Use this tool to lighten areas selectively.

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– Burn Tool (O)

The Burn Tool ( O ) darkens areas you brush over in an image, decreasing the exposure of those pixels. Use this tool for selective darkening.

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– Sponge Tool (O)

The Sponge Tool ( O ) changes the saturation of the pixels you brush over. Use this tool for selective adjustments to the saturation levels.

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Painting Tools

The Painting Tools offer several methods of painting colors onto a canvas or making selective adjustments.

– Brush Tool (B)

The Brush Tool ( B ) is the most commonly used painting tool and creates a hard or soft brush stroke on the canvas.

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This tool is also used to add to or remove from a layer mask .

– Pencil Tool (B)

The Pencil Tool ( B ) works the same as the Brush Tool, except it creates hard-edged lines and doesn’t make softer strokes.

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– Color Replacement Tool (B)

The Color Replacement Tool ( B ) replaces a specific color you brush over without affecting the surrounding colors.

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– Mixer Brush Tool (B)

The Mixer Brush Tool ( B ) mimics a real paintbrush by mixing colors and giving you control over the wetness and flow of the brush. Use this tool to create realistic brush strokes.

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– History Brush Tool (Y)

The History Brush Tool ( Y ) erases edits you made on the canvas by undoing the adjustments when you brush over them using a selected history state or snapshot. Use this tool to undo destructive edits without affecting your image.

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– Art History Brush Tool (Y)

The Art History Brush Tool ( Y ) uses stylized brush strokes to replace the edits you’ve made using a selected history state or snapshot.

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– Gradient Tool (G)

The Gradient Tool ( G ) creates a gradient on the image using your chosen colors.

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Click and drag to create a gradient on the canvas once you have selected the desired settings in the Options bar .

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– Paint Bucket Tool (G)

The Paint Bucket Tool ( G ) drops a selected color into the desired area or over the entire canvas.

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To use the tool, choose a foreground color and click on the canvas to fill it with your selected color.

– 3D Material Drop Tool (G)

The 3D Material Drop Tool ( G ) functions with the 3D workspace, which will be discontinued in favor of Adobe’s Substance line.

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Drawing And Type Tools

The Drawing and Type Tools allow users to create specific drawings and selections and add text to a project.

– Pen Tool (P)

The Pen Tool ( P ) lets you draw precise and smooth paths on a canvas.

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Use this tool to create precise paths or selections around objects, especially curved objects. Click on the canvas to add anchor points and adjust the anchor points as needed.

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– Freeform Pen Tool (P)

The Freeform Pen Tool ( P ) works like a magnet and creates anchor points against the closest edge.

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Click and drag the pen around the canvas, and anchor points appear snapped to the closest edge.

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– Curvature Pen Tool (P)

The Curvature Pen Tool ( P ) creates curved paths using anchor points. Use this tool to create paths or selections around curved objects.

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– Add Anchor Point Tool

Use the Add Anchor Point Tool to add new anchor points onto an existing path by clicking on the path.

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– Delete Anchor Point Tool

Use the Delete Anchor Point Tool to delete anchor points along an existing path by simply clicking on the anchor point.

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– Convert Point Tool

Use the Convert Point Tool to manipulate anchor points and handles on an existing path by clicking and dragging on the anchor point or handle to reposition it.

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– Horizontal Type Tool (T)

The Horizontal Type Tool ( T ) adds horizontal point or paragraph text onto the canvas.

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You can alter the text by changing the font, color, size, and more.

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– Vertical Type Tool (T)

The Vertical Type Tool ( T ) places vertical point or paragraph text on the canvas. You can edit the text as you would with horizontal text.

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– Vertical Type Mask Tool (T)

The Vertical Type Mask Tool ( T ) makes a selection in the shape of the vertical text you type on the canvas.

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– Horizontal Type Mask Tool (T)

The Horizontal Type Mask Tool ( T ) creates a selection in the shape of horizontal text typed onto the canvas.

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– Path Selection Tool (A)

The Path Selection Tool ( A ) selects an existing path and allows you to move the path around. It also moves any anchor points, direction points, and lines.

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– Direct Selection Tool (A)

The Direct Selection Tool ( A ) allows you to select anchor points on an existing path and reposition the anchor point without affecting the rest of the path.

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– Rectangle Tool (U)

The Rectangle Tool ( U ) creates a rectangle or square (hold Shift ) shape on the canvas. Click and drag on the canvas to create the shape. All the shape tools work in the same manner.

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– Ellipse Tool (U)

The Ellipse Tool ( U ) makes an elliptical or circle (hold Shift ) shape on the canvas.

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– Triangle Tool (U)

The Triangle Tool ( U ) creates a triangle shape on the canvas.

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– Polygon Tool (U)

The Polygon Tool ( U ) creates shapes with three or more sides.

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Change the number of sides in the Options bar , then click and drag to create the shape on the canvas.

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– Line Tool (U)

The Line Tool ( U ) makes straight lines on the canvas.

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– Custom Shape Tool (U)

The Custom Shape Tool ( U ) creates custom shapes on the canvas. You can choose from Photoshop’s default shapes, create your own, or download custom shapes.

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Navigation Tools

The Navigation Tools help you move, rotate, and zoom into the canvas for more precise edits.

– Hand Tool (H)

The Hand Tool ( H ) allows you to grab (by clicking) and move the canvas around. This tool is useful when you are zoomed into the document and don’t have a full view of the canvas. You can temporarily access the Hand Tool by holding in the spacebar while another tool is active.

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– Rotate View Tool (R)

The Rotate View Tool ( R ) allows you to click and drag the canvas to rotate it clockwise or anti-clockwise non-destructively.

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This tool is helpful if you need to view your artwork from a different angle, such as upside down.

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– Zoom Tool (Z)

The Zoom Tool lets you zoom in and out of the canvas by clicking on it to make precise edits or view details up close.

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You can also use the shortcut Control + + (Win) or Command + + (Mac) to zoom in, or Control + – (Win) or Command + – (Mac) to zoom out.

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Additional Icons On The Toolbar

Below the tools explained above, there are a few more icons that you can use.

The first icon is the foreground and background color, which portrays which colors are selected in the tray. The foreground color is used to create lines and shapes and is the default color for any new text you add to the canvas.

The small icons behind the main colors show the default black and white so that you can switch back quickly.

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The next icon is the Quick Mask Mode , which allows you to paint masks onto the image and easily create masks.

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Lastly, the Change Screen Mode ( F ) icon allows you to toggle between the various screen modes .

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How To Customize The Toolbar In Photoshop

Photoshop allows you to customize the Toolbar depending on your workflow. You can remove or add tools to the bar to speed up your work.

To customize the Toolbar, click on the three dots and then click on Edit Toolbar . 

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You can re-organize the tools in the lefthand panel of the Customize Toolbar window . 

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Click and drag tools to re-arrange them, or move them out of the grouping and onto the Toolbar.

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If you don’t use specific tools often and don’t want them taking up space in the Toolbar, you can drag them to the right-hand panel. This action places the extra tools into one grouping at the bottom of the Toolbar, so they are out of your way, but you can still access them.

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You can also show or hide the additional icons that appear on the Toolbar by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the panel.

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You can use the options on the right to move all the tools into the Extra Tools section by clicking Clear Tools . You can restore the default settings using Restore Defaults or Save and Load Preset settings for the Toolbar.

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  • Dodge or burn image areas
  • Make selective color adjustments
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  • What's new in Camera Raw
  • Introduction to Camera Raw
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  • Transform images, shapes, and paths
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  • About drawing
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Learn more about the Tools panel and its options, some of which appear in the context-sensitive options bar.

Topics in this article:

Select and display tools

Tool options bar.

  • Contextual Task Bar

Tool presets

The Tools panel appears on the left of the Photoshop application screen.

These tools have more options that appear in the context-sensitive options bar. Select the small triangle at the lower right of the tool icon to access these options. 

View their names and other information by positioning the pointer over them. 

Tools panel in Photoshop with hidden tool triangle marked

For a pictorial overview of the different tools in Photoshop, see  Tool galleries .

Select a tool

Do one of the following: 

  • Select a tool in the Tools panel. If there is a small triangle at the tool's lower right corner, hold down the mouse button to view the button tools, and then select the tool you want to work with. 
  • Press the tool's keyboard shortcut. The keyboard shortcut is displayed in its tooltip. For example, select the Move tool by pressing V. 

Read more about Photoshop keyboard shortcuts here . 

Pressing and holding a keyboard shortcut key lets you temporarily switch to a tool. When you let go of the shortcut key, Photoshop returns to the tool you were using before the temporary switch.

Cycle through hidden tools

By default, you cycle through a set of hidden tools by holding down Shift and repeatedly pressing a tool shortcut key.

If you prefer to cycle through tools without holding down Shift, you can disable this preference.

Choose Edit > Preferences > General (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > General (macOS).

Deselect Use Shift Key For Tool Switch .

Change tool pointers

Each default pointer has a different hotspot , where an effect or action in the image begins. With most tools, you can switch to precise cursors, which appear as cross hairs centered around the hotspot.

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Choose Edit > Preferences > Cursors (Windows) or choose Photoshop > Preferences > Cursors (macOS).

Choose tool pointer settings under Painting Cursors or Other Cursors and select  OK .

  • Standard:  Displays pointers as tool icons
  • Precise:  Displays pointers as cross hairs
  • Normal Brush Tip:  The pointer outline corresponds to approximately 50% of the area that the tool will affect. This option shows the pixels that would be most visibly affected
  • Full-Size Brush Tip:  The pointer outline corresponds to nearly 100% of the area that the tool will affect, or nearly all the pixels that would be affected
  • Show Crosshair In Brush Tip: Displays cross hairs in the center of the brush shape
  • Show Only Crosshair While Painting: Improves performance with large brushes

Painting Cursors options control the pointers for these tools: 

  • Healing Brush
  • Clone Stamp
  • Pattern Stamp
  • Quick Selection

Other Cursors options control the pointers for these tools:

  • Polygonal Lasso
  • Paint Bucket
  • Magnetic Lasso
  • Magnetic Pen
  • Freeform Pen
  • Color Sampler

Use Caps Lock on your keyboard to toggle between standard and precise cursors in some tool pointers.

Visually resize or change hardness of painting cursors

You can resize or change the hardness of a painting cursor by dragging in the image. As you drag, the painting cursor previews your changes. (Previews require OpenGL.)

To resize a cursor, press Alt +right-click (Windows) or control + option (macOS), and drag left or right. To change hardness, drag up or down.

The tool options bar appears below the menu bar at the top of the workspace. The options bar is context-sensitive, which means it changes with the selection of different tools. Some settings in the options bar (such as painting modes and opacity) are common to several tools, and some are specific to one tool.

You can move the options bar in the workspace by using the gripper bar and dock it at the top or bottom of the screen. Tool tips appear when you position the pointer over a tool. To show or hide the options bar, choose Window > Options .

Marquee tool options bar in Photoshop

To return tools to their default settings, right-click (Windows) or control-click (macOS) the tool icon in the options bar, and then choose Reset Tool or Reset All Tools from the context menu.

For more information on setting options for a specific tool, search for the tool’s name in Photoshop Help .

Look for more topics to learn on the Photoshop Discover Panel .

Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Updated in Photoshop 25.0 (September 2023 release)

The Contextual Task Bar is a floating menu that presents the most relevant next steps in your workflow. 

For example, when an object is selected, the  Contextual Task Bar  appears on the canvas with more curated options for the potential next step, such as  Select and Mask ,  Feather ,  Invert ,  Create Adjustment Layer , or  Fill Selection .

Go to Window > Contextual Task Bar to turn off this feature, as it's on by default. 

Currently, you can view and use these bars with the following workflows:

Transform Contextual Task Bar

Use the Transform Contextual Task Bar  to rotate counterclockwise and clockwise when the Transform bar is active.

Transform contextual task bar in Photoshop. Provides option for added rotate clockwise and counterclockwise functionality

New document workflow

This bar appears when you open a new, blank document from the Photoshop home screen or from  File > New .

New document workflow - Contextual Task Bar

Open image/file workflow

This bar appears when you open an image or file from the home screen (i.e. not a new, empty document) or from File > Open .

Select subject and Remove background Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Type tool workflow 

This bar appears when you select the Type tool from the toolbar and draw a text box on the canvas.

Type tool Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Selections workflow

This bar appears with options to refine a selection or create a mask after you make a selection. 

You also have the option to use the Generative Fill feature once your selection has been made.

Selections workflow Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

More options menu

Select the three-dot icon to access the additional options menu with options to hide, reset, and pin the task bars.  These actions are applied to all bars, so a pinned bar will remain pinned for future bars in your workflow, and hiding a bar will keep all bars hidden until reopened.

More options menu Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

  • Hide bar: Remove all Contextual Task Bars from your screen. You could also reopen them by navigating to Window > Contextual Task Bar .
  • Reset bar position:  The Contextual Task Bar moves with you as you work on the canvas, keeping relevant tools at your fingertips. Use the "more options menu" to reset the position of the bar.
  • Pin bar position:  Pin and un-pin any Contextual Task Bar from the "more options menu". Pinning will hold your bar (and all subsequent bars) where it was placed. De-select Pin bar position from the "more options menu" to unpin a bar. 

With the release of Photoshop 25.0, you get new additions to the  Contextual Task Bar  to work with absolute ease on your masking and Generative Expand workflows. 

Masking workflow

This bar appears anytime you enter the Select and Mask workspace, create a mask from a selection, or select a layer mask thumbnail.

Use this bar to refine your mask by adding or subtracting from your masked area, view mode options, and modifying options for density and feather. 

Masking workflow - Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Generative Expand workflow

This bar appears when the Crop tool is used and has options to straighten and adjust ratio.

You also have an option to use the Generative Expand feature if the canvas is expanded rather than cropped. 

Cropping workflow - Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Work with more text editing capabilities directly from the Contextual Task Bar

Updated in Photoshop 25.5 (February 2024 release)

Make your creative workflows simpler and streamlined with the advanced text editing capabilities of Photoshop that can be accessed straight from the Contextual Task Bar . 

You can edit font properties (type, size, and color) and text alignment, leading, and spacing from the Contextual Task Bar . 

You can even adjust font style (bolding, italicizing, and underlining) directly from the Contextual Task Bar .

Work with more text editing capabilities directly from the Contextual Task Bar in Photoshop

Tool presets let you save and reuse tool settings. You can load, edit, and create libraries of tool presets using the Tool Preset picker in the options bar, the Tool Presets panel, and the Preset Manager .

To choose a tool preset, select the Tool Preset picker in the options bar, and select a preset from the pop‑up panel. You can also choose Window > Tool Presets and select a preset in the Tools Presets panel.

Create a tool preset

  • Choose a tool, and set the options you want to save as a tool preset in the options bar.
  • Select the Tool Preset button next to the tool at the left of the options bar.
  • Choose Window > Tool Presets to display the Tool Presets panel.

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  • Choose New Tool Preset from the panel menu.

Enter a name for the tool preset and select  OK .

Change the list of tool presets

Select the triangle to open the Tool Presets pop‑up panel menu and choose one of the following:

  • Show All Tool Presets:  Shows all loaded presets
  • Sort By Tool:  Sorts the presets by tool
  • Show Current Tool Presets:  Shows only the loaded presets for the active tool. You can also select the Current Tool Only option in the Tool Presets pop‑up panel
  • Text Only, Small List, or Large List:  Determines how presets are displayed in the pop‑up panel

To create, load, and manage libraries of tool presets, see  Work with the Preset Manager .

Spring-loaded keys to quickly switch between tools

Updated in Photoshop 23.4 (June 2022)

Make quick edits in Photoshop using keyboard shortcuts for tools by using spring-loaded keys.

Spring-loading keys let you temporarily switch to a different tool as long as you press and hold down its keyboard shortcut (to use the Move tool as a spring-loaded key, select and hold down V on your keyboard).  The default is 200 milliseconds, but you can adjust the timing in Preferences > Tools .

Spring-loading keys in Photoshop

Once you have made your edits, release the key and you can continue to work with the tool you were previously using.

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What is Photoshop?

Photoshop is a picture editing, image creation, and Photoshop graphic designing program developed by Adobe. Many image editing features are available for both raster (pixel-based) and vector graphics in this software. It employs a layer-based editing system that allows for image creation and modification with many transparent overlays. Layers can also be used as masks or filters to change the color of the background. The layers can be enhanced with shadows and other effects. To eliminate the need for repetitive work, Photoshop actions contain automation options. Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is a feature that allows users to work on content from any computer.

Photographers, graphic designers, video game artists, advertising, and meme makers all utilize Photoshop. The software is offered for a monthly charge ranging from $9.99 to $49.99, depending on the user’s needs and options selected at the time of writing. Photoshop CC runs on Intel-based Mac systems as well as Windows PCs.

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Photoshop software purpose.

Photoshop is a powerful photo editing program created by Adobe Corporation. Not just for graphic editing, but also for digital creative projects, the program is employed all over the world. Numerous capabilities, filters, and tools have been added to the raster graphics editor to make editing tasks easier for users. If you’re seeking for another reason to use Photoshop, we’ve listed a few more options below.

1. Photo Restoration

Photographs that have been damaged or are old can be restored with Photoshop. You can use Photoshop’s tools       and filters to repair small damages.

2. Resizing/Cropping

One of the most common Photoshop tasks is resizing and cropping photos. Simply select “Image” from the “Menu” option and then click ”Size” to resize your photo. You’ll see a dialog box where you can adjust the pixel height, width, and resolution.

3. Animation

Photoshop may also be used to create graphical animations. All you have to do now is make frames in the form of layers. When you’re finished, go to the timeline and activate the Animation panel. To construct your animation,  select ”Make Frames from Layers” and then export it as a GIF.

4. Website Graphics

Photoshop may be used to create graphics for your website layouts in addition to photo editing and animation. For example, you can make a simple button form with the Shape Tool set to ”Fill.”

5. Website Layout

Photoshop may be used to design web page layouts in addition to creating graphics. You only need to design and construct the various sections of a web page in the manner that you like.

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Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator Certification

A certification exam must be passed in order to acquire an Adobe certification. You can become an “Adobe Photoshop Certified Associate” or “Adobe Certified Expert” depending on the exam level. These exams must be retaken every few years to ensure that you are up to speed on the latest Photoshop app versions. The revised Creative Cloud examinations were supposed to be released in 2021, but like so many other things, it was delayed. Get certified in photoshop.

Best book to learn Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2022 release) has 15 lessons that cover everything from the basics to advanced methods, as well as a number of tips and strategies to help you become more productive with the program. You can read the book from beginning to end or pick and choose which lessons you want to learn.

Adobe Photoshop Price

Photoshop is offered as part of Adobe Creative Cloud as a subscription with a variety of options. The Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which costs $9.99, is the greatest bargain for Photoshop. Photoshop costs $20.99 per month as a stand-alone program. No matter which subscription plan or purchase option you choose, Photoshop is a powerful tool for editing photos.

Here are the top 10 jobs that use Photoshop:

       1. Graphic Designer        2. Photographer        3. Freelance Designer        4. Web Developer        5. Designer        6. Graphic Artist        7. Externship        8. Art Director        9. Production Artist        10. Interactive Developer

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Select the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ from the tools to remove the background. Select ‘Add to Selection.’ Depending on the size of the photo, you may need to open the ‘Brush Picker’ and increase or decrease the brush size. Drag your cursor over the background that you don’t want. Toggle the tool’s subtraction mode by holding down the ‘Alt’ or ‘Option’ key, then click and drag your mouse around the background area you want to delete. When you’re ready to add to your selection again, release the ‘Alt’ or ‘Option’ key. Right-click within the marching ants and choose ‘Refine Edge’ from the pop-up menu once the selection is complete.

In Photoshop, open your image. Select “Image Size” from the “Image” menu at the top of the window. A new window will open. To keep your image’s proportions, check the box next to “Constrain Proportions.” Select the desired inches, resolution, width, and height under “Document Size.” Now you may save your work.

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Begin by going to Image, then Adjustments. Select  Replace Color. To replace a color, tap on it in the image. To add to the selection, pick the eyedropper with the plus sign. Hit the OK button when you’ve completed choosing all of the colors that need to be changed.

In Photoshop, open the images you want to work with. The Timeline window should now be open. Create a new layer for each each frame by clicking “Create Frame Animation” in the Timeline box. Choose “Make Frames From Layers” from the same menu item on the right, and then pick how long each frame should appear before shifting to the next frame. Select the number of times you want it to loop at the bottom of the toolbar. Press the play icon to see a preview of your GIF. You can now save and export your GIF.

In Photoshop, open the product image. Click  Select Subject after selecting Select from the menu. Create a new layer with what you’ve selected so far. Use the lasso tools and eraser to smooth your work. To remove any additional background areas, click around the outer perimeter of the object. Finally, in the Layers panel, you’ll need to choose the background layer. You’ll only see the selection you made at the beginning after you remove this layer. If you want to maintain your image’s transparency, save it as a PNG file.

To improve your composition, you’ll need to crop the image. Make sure the exposure is correct. If necessary, make color adjustments. It’s time to make some selected edits now that you’ve fixed the color of your image. Remove any blemishes. Filters for sharpening and blurring can be used.

To make a selection, you can use the Select Subject tool. Select the Quick Selection tool from your toolbar, then set the selection mode to “Subtract From Selection.” Paint around the areas you want to eliminate with your picture layer selected. Simply hit the layer mask icon while your image layer is selected to add the active selection to a layer mask. After you’ve finished with the mask, go to the Adjustment Layer button and select Solid Color. That color will be applied to your object. Click on the icon for the mask that was made to make it the background. Then, under the Properties panel, select Invert. Double-click the mask layer to refine it. From the left menu, select Refine Edge Brush. To smooth off the edges, go over them all. Finally, you have the option of changing the background color.

To begin, open your photo in Photoshop. Select Image then Image Rotation from the top menu bar. Select Flip Canvas Horizontal/Flip Canvas Vertical. In only one click, you can flip an image.

To begin, choose the layer that you wish to resize. The resize bars will appear above the layer if you go to “Edit” on your top menu bar and then choose “Free Transform.” Drop the layer to the size you want. Check the box in the top choices bar.

Take a photo from your computer and open it. Select Filter, then Blur Gallery. Choose Field Blur. You may pick which sections of your image to blur inside the field blur window. Photoshop placed the first pin for you automatically. Drag and drop that pin into the background, or the area farthest away from the focal point, until you get the blur you want. Place more blur pins on the subject, one at a time, until the entire subject is sharp. Continue to smooth the blur. If required, adjust the blur effects.

Select the Crop Tool from the toolbar. To set the crop limits in your photo, draw a new cropping area or drag the corner and edge handles. To crop the photo, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).

Select an option from the “Image Rotation” submenu by clicking the “Image” menu. Now is the time to save your work.

Find a site that offers downloaded fonts. Choose a font and download it. If the font file is in a Zip, WinRAR, or 7zip archive, extract it. Select “Install” from the menu when you right-click on the font file.

In the Layers Window, select the layer you wish to turn active by clicking on it. Go to  Edit then Transform. To flip the layer, click Flip Horizontal / Vertical.

Photoshop Express may be considered of as a light version of Photoshop for the iPhone, and it does a good work by giving a wide range of editing tools, as well as selective changes, to cover just about every editing need you would have while on the go.

Choose the Zoom tool from the Tools Palette on the left side of the screen. Click on the section of the image you want to see in greater detail to zoom in.

Choose Select Subject from the Quick Selection Tool’s menu. Make adjustments to your plans. Click Select and Mask. You may modify the radius by selecting Show Edges. Select the Refine Brush, then circle the areas that need to be polished with the refine edge brush tool. Create a new layer with the Layer Mask tool. Open the new image as the backdrop. Return to your subject’s cutout picture and drag it to the new backdrop image’s tab. To make adjustments with the new picture in place, use Ctrl/cmd+t to transform your selection.

Go to File, then New in Photoshop. Type your text using the Text tool (T). Click the “Create warped text” icon in the toolbar with the text layer selected and the Type tool (T) active. Select the “Arc” style in the Warp Text window, check the Horizontal option, then change the Bend value to +20 percent or whatever you desire. Click the OK button.

Go to the Photoshop website. Free Trial is located at the top of the page. Launch the Photoshop installer after opening the Photoshop free trial. Log in with your Adobe ID and password. Click Continue after indicating your level of Photoshop experience. Any on-screen directions should be followed. Finally, wait for Photoshop to complete its download.

In Photoshop, open the image you want to edit with. Select Layer, then Duplicate Layer. Click OK to name this new layer “Mirror,” then go to Edit with the Mirror layer selected. Click Transform and Flip Horizontal. Select Image, then Canvas Size. Set the Width to 200 and choose the Anchor grid’s top right arrow.

Select File then Place Embedded. Go to an image file in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (macOS) and click Place. To prevent distorting the image, hold down the Shift key while dragging the image border’s edges to resize it. Drag the additional picture inside the border to the desired location.

The first option is to use Photoshop to import your image. Create a duplicate of a layer. Make a smart object out of a layer. Use the Transform Tool for Free. The Sharpening Tool may be used to fine-tune your cropped image. The second strategy is to use Layer Mask. To begin, click on the background layer’s small lock icon to unlock it. Select the area of your layer that you want to keep now. When you choose the layer mask icon, you’ll notice that everything but your selection has disappeared.

To deselect the chosen area on Windows, click Ctrl+D. Press Command+D on a Mac. The targeted area on your photo will be deselected instantly by Photoshop.

Open Photoshop and a new or existing document to which you want to add a line. To get the line tool, click and hold the rectangle tool, then pick the line tool from the menu that appears. Click and drag to the ideal line length, then let go of the mouse button after you’re satisfied with it.

Go to Windows, then Layers. To merge selected layers in Photoshop, go to the Layers panel on the right and choose the layers you want to merge, holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard to select several layers at once. It may be done by right-clicking one of the chosen layers and selecting “Merge Layers.”

From the tools panel, pick the Quick Selection brush and click-drag over the area you wish to select. Because the brush works intuitively, you don’t need to be overly precise. Leave it to the Refine Edge brush to take care of it. The Refine Edge brush tool helps in the inclusion of fuzzy elements such as hair and fur.

Select Undo from the Edit menu, or press Ctrl + Z.

If you want to completely clear a scratch drive of past data, you’ll have to manually locate and remove the files. Once there, look for the file Photoshop Temp, followed by a series of numbers. This is the file that includes all of Photoshop’s temporary data when it starts up. To clear this file, delete it.

Open the Photoshop document containing the text you’d like to change. In the toolbar, select the Type tool. Choose the text you want to edit. You may change the font type, font size, font color, text alignment, and text style in the top settings bar. Now, save your changes by clicking on the options bar.

Make a plain background. Create the logo’s foundation with the shape tool and then add color. Adjust the path’s shape by dragging on the path lines rather than the anchors. Combine simple designs and decorate with smaller details like shapes or lines. After merging it, add text to your logo. Select both text layers and then Right-Click then Convert to Shape if you’re satisfied with your text.

In Photoshop, open the image from which you want to remove the watermark. By pressing CTRL & + symbol, choose Magic Wand Tool and zoom to the part of the image with watermark. Select the watermarked area you like to delete using the Magic Wand Tool.

Over the original image, create a new adjustment layer. Make a selection that goes around the edges of the teeth with the Lasso tool. It’s fine if some part of the lips or gums are captured. Select the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the adjustments drop-down menu. It will change your selection into a layer mask automatically. Click the choices bar labeled Master in the Properties panel of your Hue/Saturation layer and pick Yellows, since that’s all you’ll need to whiten your teeth. Move the saturation slider to the left to reduce the yellows in your selection. If you see a rough edge to your selection, select Masks in the Properties tab to correct it. Increase the feather slider in the Masks panel to give your pick a softer edge.

To create place for the border, zoom out. The Background layer must be unlocked. The Canvas Size dialog box will appear. Add a Solid Color fill layer and extra canvas around the photo. Pick a color for the picture border.

Select your isolated object layer and then select Drop Shadow from the fx button at the bottom of your layers menu. The dialog box for Drop Shadow will appear. Set your shadow color to the same hue as your foreground color to create a drop shadow.

Select the Horizontal Type tool from the tools panel. Select the area of your image where you’d want to add text and enter a phrase. Press Escape to exit the text area when you’re finished.

Combine the images you wish to combine by copying or pasting them into the same document. Each image will be placed on its own layer. See Duplicate layers. Choose the layers you’d want to blend. Select Edit while the layers are still selected. Select the Auto-Blend Objective. To change the color and tone for blending, go to Seamless Tones And Colors. Click the OK button.

Open Photoshop and type or open an existing document with the text you wish to outline. Customize the size, location, blend mode, opacity, and color of the outline by going to the layers section, right-clicking the text layer, and selecting Blending Options. Mark the checkbox next to Stroke.

You must first open your image and then select the Lock button. Each locked layer now has a little padlock icon beside it. Simply choose a layer and click the Lock button again to unlock it. The padlock icon should be removed.

Choose Layer and New, then click Layer, or use the Layers panel option to choose New Layer. Select a name and other choices before clicking OK. You may also just click the + symbol in the Layers window to add new layer.

Select the Settings menu icon in the top-right part of the panel to add additional brushes. Select Import Brushes. Select your downloaded third-party brush ABR file in the Load file selection box. To install the brush into Photoshop, choose your ABR file and click the “Load” button.

Duplicate the layer in Photoshop after opening the image. Make a hair mask and then edit it. Under Image then Adjustments, select Hue/Saturation. Click the “colorize” button at the bottom of the pop-up and move the sliders around until you have the hair color you want. Make the mask more natural by editing it.

Click where you want the line to begin with the brush, then hold down the shift key and click where you want the line to stop. Between your start and finish points, it will create a straight line.

Open Photoshop and import the image you’d want to invert. Select Image from the menu bar at the top. Hover your cursor over Adjustments in the drop-down menu to add a new sub-menu. Select Invert from the Adjustments sub-menu.

Create a new layer to work on by clicking the “add layer” button in the layers panel. Click the layer mask button at the bottom of the layers panel after selecting the layer you wish to mask. To make a layer mask your active layer, choose it in the layers panel’s thumbnail. Apply black to conceal and white to reveal with the brush tool. To blend, add gray.

In your layers panel, right-click on it and select “Rasterize.” Alternatively, go to Layer, then Rasterize and select the type of layer or layers you want to rasterize.

Select Filter, then Sharpen. Smart Sharpen should be selected. Sets the amount of sharpening that will be applied. A larger value boosts the contrast between edge pixels, providing the appearance of more sharpness.

The monthly fee of Photoshop is $20.99.

In Photoshop, create a new file. To create Layer 1, click the square with a folded corner icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. To use the Brush tool, select the icon that looks like a small paintbrush. To open the Brushes palette, right-click on the canvas. It comes with all of the standard brushes. By clicking on the small down arrow next to the brush size, you may change the brush’s hardness, which controls whether the brush’s edge is hard or soft. You can play around with the settings to see how they effect your brush strokes. You are now free to begin sketching.

Select Image, then go to Canvas Size in Photoshop. This will open a pop-up box where you can adjust the size in either vertical or horizontal directions. From the Photoshop toolbar on the left side of your screen, select the Magic Wand Tool. Then choose the newly added area of your image by clicking on it. Select Edit, then Fill. After making sure the “Use” option is set to Content-Aware, click OK.

In Photoshop, open the images you want to work with. Make a new file for your Photoshop collage and start putting your images in one by one. Arrange your images. You can use the Move tool to change the photo placements. Merge all layers and add image spacing. Select the Crop tool or Image, then Image Size to crop and resize the final image. You can now save and export your collage.

To change the size of an image, go to the Image Menu and select Image Size. Make sure the Constrain Proportions Option is selected in the Image Size dialog box. Simply increase the width or height of the photo by entering a greater value.

In Photoshop, open the image you want to work with. Select Image Size from the Image menu. In the width or height area, type a new size. Both fields will change in response to a single input as long as Constrain Proportions is checked. In the Resolution section, enter the output resolution, then provide an output size if you want to resize the image based on output size. After that, click OK.

Create a new canvas. Fill in the canvas with your own pattern. You could place anything in the center that will repeat, or you could fill the entire space. Go to Edit and then Define Pattern. To save your new pattern, rename it and hit “OK.”

Hover your cursor slightly outside of any transform box corner. A U-shapes arrow will emerge, indicating that the selection can be rotated. To rotate your layer, click and drag it to the left or right.

Simply grab your Move Tool by hitting V while your text layer is selected, or go to Edit and click Free Transform. Hover your mouse over any corner of your text until a double-sided U shaped arrow appears. Rotate the text with your mouse by clicking and dragging it to the desired orientation.

Rename the Background layer after you’ve made a copy of it. Add  a High Pass filter. When you use this filter, your image will become grey and the borders of the person’s face will be highlighted in outline. Go to Filter, then Blur, then Gaussian Blur. Between 5 and 10 pixels should be added. Go to Image, then Adjustment, and then Invert to invert the effect. By right-clicking on the layer and selecting Blending Choices, you can change the blend options. Hold the Option key when clicking the layer mask tool to create an inverted layer mask. Blur should be applied on the skin. Increase the opacity of your layer if you want more blur.

Using the shortcut P, select the Pen tool. To make a selection, click two points to connect them with a line, and then drag a point to produce a curved line. To change your lines, press Alt/opt-drag. To make a shape out of your path, right-click it in the Paths tab on the right and pick Fill Path.

To vectorize an image, first open it. Copy the selection to a new layer. To generate a selection of the image, click the layer icon in the Layers panel while pressing down the Control key on the keyboard. From the tools panel, pick the Marquee Tool, drag the cursor over the selection, and right-click, then choose Make Work Path from the menu. To create a vector mask, switch to the Direct Selection tool and right-click on the image once more. Select Photoshop EPS file format from the Save As Type option by going to File > Save As > Save As Type. Save the vectorized image by clicking the Save button.

The exact amount you’ll need will vary depending on what you’re doing, but you’ll need at least 16 GB, and 32 GB is a requirement if you want to be productive.

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After clicking the New Layer button, go to the File menu. When you click Place Embedded, your computer’s file browser will open. Place the image you wish to import after selecting it. At the top of the screen, click the checkmark.

Open the image you’d like to convert. Go to Image, then Mode. Select Grayscale from the menu. If you’re asked if you wish to discard color information, choose OK.

Trace around the subject you want to delete with a selection tool. Fill the selection of the person with other parts of the image using Content-Aware Fill. Make your selections based on your personal preferences. To output the newly selected material, pick New Layer as the method and click OK. By placing the new content on its own layer, Photoshop creates a nondestructive edit.

Using the Move tool, choose the image. For Windows, press Ctrl + T, and for Mac, press Cmd + T. You can now expand the image horizontally or vertically by moving the handles. The image will be proportionally stretched.

In Photoshop, open the image you want to edit.  For your vignette, make a new layer. Click Filter in the Photoshop menu when the Vignette layer is chosen. Then choose Lens Correction. On the right-hand panel, select the Custom tab. Adjust the Amount and Midpoint sliders under the Vignette heading until you’re satisfied with the vignette effect. Click the OK button.

In Photoshop, go to Image, then Image Size to adjust the DPI of an image. Remove the check mark next to Resample Image, as this setting will upscale your image, lowering its quality. Type in your selected resolution next to Resolution, then select Pixels/Inch.

Open the Layer Styles Dialogue box first. Make sure your logo has a transparent background when you open it in Photoshop. Check the box next to “Color Overlay” in the Styles menu. Choose a new color for your logo.

In the Layers Panel, double-click the fill layer thumbnail. Then, in the color picker that displays, choose a new color for the fill layer and click OK. This will change the color of your fill layer and apply it to your project.

By holding Command or Control and clicking on the layer thumbnail, you can choose the layer. After that, go to Select and then Modify. Set the appropriate feather amount by clicking Feather. To feather the image’s edges, apply a layer mask to the image layer.

Save Brushes after clicking the Brush Presets Options button. Fill in the set’s name (with a ABR extension). Select where you wish to save the brush set by clicking the Save In (Windows) or Where (Mac) list arrow.

Go to File and choose New to start a new document. After that, you can choose your fonts or copy your logo into the new document. Draw a rectangle around your watermark with the Marquee tool. Select Define Brush Preset from the Edit menu. Click OK after giving your brush a name. In your brush catalog, you’ll find your new brush. You can adjust the color or reduce the brush’s opacity.

Pick a tool for creating shapes. Select Rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle, Polygon, Line, and Custom Shape from the toolbar by clicking and holding the Shape tool () group icon. Optionally configure the shape tool. Draw a shape. Edit the properties of the shape after that.

In Photoshop, access the Layer Styles panel by double-clicking on your layer. Choose “Stroke” as the style, and “Outside” as the stroke type. To get the style you desire, simply modify the color and width of your outline.

Move your cursor to the area you want to replicate and Alt+click for Windows or Option+click for Mac on the precise position you want to start copying from with the Clone Stamp tool selected.

Thomas and John Knoll, two brothers, created Photoshop in 1987.

Yes. Photoshop has the ability to edit video. The standard edition of Photoshop CS6 has the ability to deal with video.

From the toolbar, choose the Smudge tool. If the Smudge tool isn’t visible, click and hold the Blur tool to see other related tools, then choose the Smudge tool. In the settings menu, select a brush tip and a blend mode.

You’ll see a sequence of rectangles and lines on your top settings bar. To center your layer within the selection, click the button for the “align horizontal centers/vertical centers” option.

Select the Marquee or Lasso tool icon. To copy a picture, pick the area you wish to copy by clicking and dragging on it. Control+C will copy the current layer’s chosen portion. Open the image you’d like to paste. To paste the selection, use Control+V on your keyboard.

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6. Tools Panel in Adobe Photoshop

Summary (generated from transcript).

This lesson covers the tools and panels in Adobe Photoshop CC. It explains how to use the crop tool, including how to set the cropping rectangle and the options for discarding or keeping the area outside the rectangle. It also discusses the perspective crop tool and its use in straightening images. The lesson covers using the eyedropper tool to select colors, as well as the magic wand tool and its tolerance setting. It explains how to use the color panel and swatches panel to store and access colors, and how to use the libraries panel to store and access various elements, such as frames and graphics. The lesson also touches on layer styles and how to use them to add effects to layers.

What is the crop tool used for in Photoshop?

The crop tool is used to select and discard or keep specific parts of an image.

How can you straighten an image using the crop tool?

You can use the perspective crop tool to straighten an image by clicking on the four corners that make up a rectangle and adjusting it to align with the angles of the subject.

How can you select colors in Photoshop?

You can use the eyedropper tool to select colors from your image, and you can adjust the sampling size to control how big of an area it samples.

How can you save and access colors in Photoshop?

You can use the color panel to save and access colors, and you can also use the swatches panel to save and access specific color swatches.

What is the libraries panel used for in Photoshop?

The libraries panel is used to store and access various elements, such as colors, graphics, and layer styles, that can be used across different documents. The topic of the lesson is using the brush tool in Photoshop and creating custom brushes.

What is the purpose of the styles panel?

The styles panel is used to save a set of effects that are created using the letters FX at the bottom of the layers panel.

How can you create more complex shapes using the shape tool?

By using the polygon tool and adjusting the settings in the top menu, you can create shapes with different numbers of sides and sizes.

How can you create custom brushes in Photoshop?

In the brush panel, you can adjust the settings for the brush tip shape, shape dynamics, scattering, and color dynamics to create a custom brush.

What is the difference between brush presets and tool presets?

Brush presets only include the settings for the brush, while tool presets include all the settings in the options bar, such as opacity, flow, and blending mode.

How can you create a more realistic painting effect using the mixer brush tool?

The mixer brush tool allows you to simulate wet paint and mixing colors. By adjusting the wet, mix, and load settings, you can create more realistic painting effects.

Introduction to Photoshop

How to use camera raw, making selections in adobe photoshop, using layers in adobe photoshop, using layer masks in adobe photoshop, adjustment layers in adobe photoshop, color adjustments in adobe photoshop, retouching images in adobe photoshop, layer blending modes, how to use filters in adobe photoshop, advanced photoshop masks, using smart objects in adobe photoshop, photography for photoshop, photo retouching in photoshop, warp, bend, liquify, advanced photoshop layers, photoshop tips and tricks, photoshop actions, troubleshooting photoshop, photoshop q&a.

We're back with another episode of Photoshop CC, the complete guide. The first week, we started out with some real essentials in what we were doing with Photoshop. That included things like layer masks, layers themselves, selections, all that kind of stuff, trying to get you started. Well, today we're gonna pop into the second week. In the second week, here's what we're gonna be covering. Today, we'll be getting into tools and panels, but then we're gonna start diving into adjustments and retouching. And then one of my favorite features, which is known as blending modes. That'll be later on this week. But today, tools and panels. That means we're just gonna take a brief look at some of the various tools we might not have a chance to cover in other sessions that we get to in Photoshop and we'll look at some of the panels that take up space on your screen and see what we can do with them. So let's pop into Photoshop so that we can spend as much time as possible there. And we'll get start...

ed. The first tool I'd like to talk about is the crop tool. The crop tool's found over here on the left side of my screen, and it's this tool right here. With the crop tool active, we get a cropping rectangle on our image. I don't know if you can see it but it's showing it to me up here in the corner of my picture. Each corner of my image has this thing that collectively is known as the cropping rectangle. I can grab those corners and pull on them to set this up exactly where I'd like to decide what part of this image I'd like to keep. And then if I press the return or enter key, that's one way of saying I'm done cropping or I can click a check box symbol that's up here to finish my cropping. Whatever my personal preference is. But before you do that, you should be aware of a setting that is at the top of your screen because it makes a big difference in what your end result will be. And that is, in my case, this little icon. And this might not be an icon on some versions of Photoshop, it might either be a pop up menu or a check box, but if that is turned on, it means that when I press return or enter that the area outside the cropping rectangle will be discarded. It won't still be there, it'll be discarded totally. So my file size will end up going down because we have less information and this cropping will be permanent. If I save and close the image, there'll be no way to get that area back. If I'd like more versatility, where later on I might choose that I want to change my mind and crop it differently in the future, I might want to turn that check box off. And if I do, then the area that is outside the cropping rectangle will still be maintained and we'll still have it within our document. It's just gonna be outside the bounds of our image, which means here I just press return or enter and we'll see that we've cropped the image but if I return to the crop tool again in the future, then I can pull the cropping rectangle back out and get that information back. It was just hidden. It's been pushed beyond the edges of our document but it was still there. It's just as if you had a piece of your image that you decided to use the move tool on and move it so it extends beyond the edge of your document. And it's just sitting there out beyond the edge where you can't see it but it's still there. And that's how Photoshop treats it if we have it here with this little feature turned off. So a lot of the times I have that turned off because what I'll do is I'll crop the image for my particular use, which might be a print that I make on my desktop printer. But just in case someone else contacts me and say "I want to use this on a magazine cover." Magazine covers are vertical. I hope I didn't crop out all that extra stuff that was up there at the top that I didn't use in the version that I was gonna print but I might now need when someone else asks me if I can fit that onto a magazine cover and its more vertical format. So oftentimes I'll have that off. Just know that if you have that turned off and you save your image in jpeg file format, that stuff will be thrown away. The stuff outside your document bounds. Because jpeg does not know how to save anything other than what's within your document. It doesn't know what's known as big data, stuff that goes beyond the edge. But if you save your image in Photoshop file format or tif file format, all that stuff will be retained so you could always get it back. There is a command in Photoshop that would kind of instantly bring it back and what that is if if I go up to the image menu, there's a choice called reveal all. Reveal all means make my document larger, just large enough to include anything that's been pushed beyond the edge of the document. So when I choose reveal all, you can see I'm back to the uncropped version. So that can be rather convenient. Now there's a little more to the crop tool. Sometimes you need to straighten a picture. If you need to straighten an image, there is a choice up here at the top. It's supposed to look like a spirit level. You know, the kind of level that has a little bubble in it that moves around? And if you click on that particular tool, you can then go into your image, find a line that should be horizontal, and if I click and I drag across to get it to line up with it, when I let go it will automatically put a cropping rectangle on my image and it'll rotate the cropping rectangle. If you would rather rotate manually because you just can't find a horizontal or vertical line to line things up with, then you can instead bring your cropping rectangle in a bit and then just move your mouse outside of the cropping rectangle itself, so you're beyond the edge of it, then your mouse will change into a curved arrow and then you can just click and drag and you can rotate. And you'll find your image rotating right below the cropping rectangle. So it's previewing the angle it'll end up with. So that's your alternative. You can also crop to an exact size. There is an area here where I can type in a ratio, just a width and height ratio if I want like a perfect square for instance, I could type a ratio of one to one, which would make it a perfect square. Or I have the choice of width, height, and resolution. So if somebody comes to me and tells me they need a crop of an exact size. They have a magazine cover and they tell me it's this many inches wide, this many inches tall and so on, I could use the width, height, and resolution if I knew the resolution they need. So that's the crop tool in general but there's more than on version of the crop tool and I want to show you the other. So if you want to abort a crop, like you're in here and you decide you just don't like what you're doing, you can always hit the escape key or you can click on the no symbol up here at the top of your screen, that one. And that will abort your cropping. Well, if I come over here to the crop tool and click and hold on it, you'll find there's a second version called the perspective crop tool. And the perspective crop tool used to be built into the normal crop tool but it was kinda hard to get to. You had to first click and drag on your picture to get a cropping rectangle to appear and then only after that cropping rectangle was on your screen would you see an option at the top of your screen called perspective. So if you have an old version of Photoshop, that's built into the normal tool. And in the newer versions, they wanted to make it easier to discover and so they made it its own tool. But with that tool, you can come into your image and you can click on the four corners that make up a rectangle. And this is primarily useful in architecture. So actually I don't have an architectural image in front of me, but imagine you took a picture of a building and you tilted your camera up a bit so the top of the building looks smaller than the bottom of the building. Well, you could click on the four corners that represent the front face of the building to get the angles of these sides and the angles of the top and bottom to line up with that building. And then if you wanted to not crop in to only use the building itself, instead you wanted the surroundings as well, once you got the edges of this to line up precisely, you could then grab the side handles. Not the corner handles but the side ones because then you could expand this up higher, you could expand it over to include more of the picture but the angle of these side and top and bottom pieces would remain consistent so they would still line up with the angle of the side and top of the building. Once you press return or enter, then it will distort the image to straighten out those lines. So if they were bent in to begin with, as long as we get this cropping rectangle to have lines that are at the same angle, it's gonna end up straightening them up. And this one had a slight angle to it but it wasn't too pronounced. But that's the perspective crop tool, which can be rather useful. Then let's just talk about a few of the other tools that we haven't had a chance to get into. When you're painting in Photoshop, and we'll try to cover painting more at the end of this session, but I just want to show you a few things related to it at the beginning to make sure that I don't run out of time. Anytime I'm painting in Photoshop, choose the brush I'd like to paint with, and usually you click on your foreground color to pick the color you're going to paint with. Well, this isn't always convenient to go into to pick a color to paint with. So there are some alternative methods for choosing colors to paint with. There's the eyedropper tool, which is over here. If I click on it, then when I click within my picture, it's gonna grab a color right out of the image and change my foreground color to it. So I'm ready to therefore paint with that exact color. What you really need to know there is that with the eyedropper tool, there's a setting at the top of your screen. When it's set to point sample, it means it's gonna look at one individual pixel within your picture and measure its color. That's the color it's gonna use. And the problem is, if your image has noise in it, you might happen to click on a pixel that is an odd color because sometimes you can get what I call Christmas tree noise, which is all different colors speckling throughout your image. And if you click with it set to point sample, it's just gonna grab one pixel to look at. If I set it to three by three average, then it's gonna average an area that's three by three pixels in size. Five by five will make an even larger one. But know that this affects a lot more than just the eyedropper tool. This also affects many other things that you use to click on your picture and sample what it looks like. For instance, when we talk about color adjustments, we'll end up moving our mouse on top of our picture and clicking to have Photoshop measure what color something is. When we do, it uses this setting right here to figure out how large of an area it's looking at. So when you see me do color correction at one point, I won't be using this tool, I'll be using a completely different set, I'll be using something called curves. I'll move my mouse onto my image and click to have it look at the picture but it is looking at this setting. So pretty much anything that's gonna glance at your picture to figure out what color something is is gonna use that setting. Therefore, that setting becomes much more important than thinking of it as just here with the eyedropper tool where we think we're just picking a color to paint with. It also affects things like, I believe it affects the magic wand tool. Instead of the magic wand looking at one pixel, it's gonna look at a five by five area. Now when I use this tool and I click, you're gonna find a ring that shows up. In that ring, the top edge of the ring will change to whatever it is you're choosing. I let go. And then I click again and now the bottom edge, the bottom half of that middle section is the color I used to have. The top is what I am now picking. So I can compare. If I'm looking for something that's just a little bit darker than what I previously had, I can compare the top and bottom halves of that inner circle to see the bottom's what I used to have, the top's what I'm about to choose. The outer ring is just gray so you can see am I choosing a color or is it neutral, meaning no hint of color at all? If you just compare it to that outer ring, the outer ring's giving you an idea of this is what it looks like with no color. So that's the rings. Now if you don't like that ring, you just find it to be distracting, there's an icon up here, this guy, and that shows the sampling ring. If I turn that off by clicking, now when I click I don't see it. It feels more like much older versions of Photoshop. So if you find that to be annoying, just click on that icon, it'll show the ring each time you click or turn it off. Now I almost never use the eyedropper tool. I do use its functionality to pick colors out of my image but I never manually switch to the tool other than to set the sampling size. Usually three by three or five by five average is much more useful than a point sample, I believe. And when I'm painting though, here's how I access the eyedropper tool. First let's say I'm painting with black. So you can see this is black paint. And I'd like to paint with a color that is found in the image. Well, when I'm in any painting tool, I can hold down the option key, alt in Windows, and then just for the length of time that I hold down that option key will we be temporarily accessing the eyedropper. So that means anytime you're about to paint, you can hold down the option key, alt on Windows, and just click. And you'll pick a color within your image to paint with. And I can option click again and choose this color to paint with. Option click again up here and you can see that I can quickly change between those colors, so there's no real reason to switch to the eyedropper tool to manually use it. Just option click. Alright. Also, the tool we used when we talked about selections, I think we only used it for like a millisecond, is one called the magic wand tool. I just wanted to let you know that one of the settings related to the magic wand tool is also one of those that kind of universally affects a lot of other features in Photoshop. But they don't tell you that when you launch Photoshop, so oftentimes changing a setting in a tool that you almost never use suddenly effects all sorts of other features in Photoshop. So I just want to briefly mention it. With the magic wand tool, just like with the eyedropper tool, there's a setting. And this setting, first off, is over here called tolerance. The tolerance setting doesn't just affect the magic wand. What tolerance means is if you set it as low as it possibly goes, which is either zero or one, I'll find out, I'll type zero and hit return. And if it doesn't complain, then that's the lowest setting. If it was one, it would have complained and put in the lowest. If it's set to zero, it means when I click with the magic wand tool, only select the exact color I'm clicking on. Nothing that varies at all from that, only that exact color. As I bring up the tolerance, the default setting being 32, it means now it can go 32 shades, it can deviate from the color I click on by 32 different brightness levels and select those shades as well. Well, sometimes you end up turning the tolerance setting really high, like 100 or 150, something like that to click on your image and select a wide range. Well, you should be aware that that number affects some other features in Photoshop. If you ever go to the select menu and you find a choice that's called grow or you find another one called similar, they use that tolerance setting as well. And so if you find that grow, you see how much that grew and made it larger. I'll choose undo and let me change my tolerance on my magic wand, I'll bring it up really high now to 150. And with that same selection there, now when I choose grow, you see how much more of the image it got? It went way out there. So I just wanted to let you know that there is a relationship between some of those tools and some of the ones that seem to be the most basic ones that you rarely use can suddenly have consequences in other areas. And that's why I want to mention that. So the magic wand, remember the default's 32. Why 32? I don't know exactly. But wanted to let you know that that affects it. Also with your eyedropper tool, the sample size will affect a lot of other features. So be kind of careful about just changing those settings so you realize that it might affect other things. Let's see, what else? Let's look at a few of our panels that might be related to choosing and working with colors. If I go to window menu, here it lists all the panels we can work with. And in there, I do have a color panel. And the color panel is just a miniature version of the color picker. And just like with the color picker that I get when I click on my foreground color where I can choose a color from this vertical bar here and then choose a shade of it from within this area, I can do the exact same thing over here. We have the same vertical bar here and we have the same shade there. So if you end up changing colors a lot, you could use this. There's a few things to know about it and that is when you look over here, you have your foreground color there, your background color here. And you can click on the two. If you click on this one, now when you go through here, instead of choosing your foreground color, you're gonna be choosing your background color. And be careful of that. Just like when you use things like the magic wand tool and the eyedropper tool, it can have consequences in other parts of Photoshop. Do you remember when I said you could grab the paintbrush tool, you could hold down the option key to temporarily get your eyedropper, and you could click on your image to choose a color to paint with? Well, that would usually change your foreground color. If over here you clicked on that at any time so that it's highlighted instead of the foreground color, then anytime you use the paintbrush tool, you hold down the option key to click on your image and choose a color to paint with, you're gonna be changing your background color instead. If you want to mess with a coworker that you see doing that all the time, click right here, because next to nobody knows that that's the case and it'll take 'em forever to figure out that that's what they changed. Okay. You can also go to the side menu of this panel and choose different choices for how this is being displayed within this. You can get a brightness cube, which means the brightness is in the vertical bar that's here and then you have the colors going across. Or we were using what was known as a hue cube. But know that there is a side menu for it. Then we also have an area called swatches. Swatches is where we can save various colors that we would like to use. To save a color, just change your foreground color to the color you'd like to save, move your mouse into the empty area at the bottom, and just click. When you click, it's gonna add that particular color and you can give it a name. Click okay and you'll have it in there. If you want to use it in the future, all you need to do is move your mouse on top of it and click, click wherever you'd like there to get it in there. If you want to remove one of these, there is a trash can at the bottom you could drag it to or if you just hold down the option key, alt in Windows, you will see that your mouse turns into a pair of scissors and then you can come in here and click to get rid of them. So if you wanted to get rid of 10 of them really quick, just hold down option and click all over the place to get rid of them. I prefer to change my view on this because oftentimes I define colors for a very specific reason and I want to keep them there. So if you go to the side menu, here is how you can choose how they're viewed. Here we have small thumbnail, large thumbnail, and then here are the list choices. So if I choose small or large list, then when I give these names, they'll be much more useful names because I can actually read them and use them. So if you have corporate colors that you need to use on a regular basis, you can define them in here and have them ready to use at any time. This is also where you can access various color libraries. And that means if you, for instance, print your images. When you print your images, you pick colors based on a pan tone swatch book, it's a little printed swatch book you can look at to look at colors. Or if you print using CMYK colors, the one that I prefer is the one called True Match. It's just a brand of swatch book you can buy where just like with paint swatches when you're gonna paint your house, you can get samples to view. If you do that, you can go to the side menu here and down at the bottom is where you can load those in. Here are your pan tone choices and here's True Match, which is the swatch book I like if I'm printing on a printing press with CMYK colors. When you tell it to load one of these, if you click append, it's gonna add to the list you already have. If you just click okay, it should replace the list you have. And so now if I had a True Match swatch book, I could come in here, use small list, and it'll tell me the names of all those colors. I could look up the same name in the swatch book and get a better idea of what it actually looks like when it's printed. Finally, if I want to get back to what we originally had in there, the defaults that are there, I can reset my swatches and then get back to my small thumbnails the way I like it. Now with these little panels like the color panel and the swatches panel, they're usually things that I only need to use for a few seconds and then I don't need to look at them again. So what I usually do with those is I will drag them out here by clicking on their name, drag it to the middle part of my screen, and then do you see this little bar I have here, a vertical bar? I'm gonna store them in there. I'm just gonna bring it over until a little blue line appears in there to indicate it's about to put it there. I'll do the same thing with the color one so that then those panels that I only need to use for a few seconds are stored in this little bar so I can click on it and use it. And then I can click away from it or click on a different one, I'm only gonna have one of those visible at a time. If I just click its icon a second time, it'll go away. And therefore it's nice and convenient to have it stored there. If you don't already have an extra bar like that on the side, just grab any one of these panels, click on its name, drag it over until you see a blue bar appear, a big tall blue bar. There I just added a second one of those panels. And then there'll be a little double arrow right up here and that means collapse this. So instead of seeing the full size, you see just the icons. And now when I click on the icon, it just pops open. Click on the icon a second time, it goes away. And if you want it to be separate again, just click on the icon, drag to the open part of your screen. And this little double arrow means full size or icon view. So if you're not used to that, you can move these around however you'd like. Now there are some other panels that you might find to be useful, one of which is called the libraries panel. The libraries panel is where you can store not just color swatches like we could do in the swatches panel, or we have a panel called the styles panel where we can store our layer styles. Layer styles are things like drop shadow, bevel and emboss, and other effects you can apply to a layer. But a library is where we can store all sorts of different kinds of material. It's a new concept in Photoshop CC that wasn't available in the old versions of Photoshop but it can be really useful. Let's take a look. Let's say I'd like to store some elements that I frequently use in Photoshop. For instance, here I have some frames that I frequently use to crop my photographs into so they can be a little stylistic frame to show them in. And if I use these all the time, I don't want to have to remember what file they're stored in and go and have to retrieve it each time I want to use one. So what I'll do is open one of these and now I want to store it within my library. If you don't have a library open on your screen, you can go to the window menu. The window menu lists every one of these panels that you can have visible. And so if you don't have your library open, you can open it there. Then in my layers panel, this is made out of three different layers. If you look at it, there's one layer with black in it that's a little outline around the edge of the frame. There is a middle layer that just fills in the little corners of the frame. And then there is the bottom layer, which represents where a photo would eventually be. And that layer is usually used to clip a photo to. When we talked about layers, we talked about having one photograph clipped to something else. That's how we get something like a photograph to show up inside of the shape of text, that kind of thing? So that's why I have this set up, so I can clip a photo to it. Well, I'm gonna select these three layers so they're all active in my layers panel. And then I'm gonna use my move tool and I'm just gonna click within this document so I can move it around and I'm gonna drag on top of my library and let go. And when I do, it just added it to the library. And then I can close this document. I don't need to save it. And it's stored in the library as well. I can go back to bridge and open another one. Make sure I got those layers selected, use my move tool, and just drag it in there. Once it's in there, I can close the original. Now it's stored also in this library. Then if at some point I would like to use those various elements that I put in there, first off you'll see that they have names. If you want to change the names, you can right click and there's a choice called rename, which would allow you to type in a new name. So this one that's called layer zero, I can just say let's rename that, I'm gonna call that badge or watermark or whatever. And they're sorted alphabetically, so that one suddenly moved up to the front. So now I'm gonna drag this into my image and let's see what happens if I want to use one of these frames. So I drag it over here, let go, and it comes in and it automatically starts to transform it to try to let me know how large I might want to use it within the image. I can fine tune that, press return or enter when I'm done. But there's a problem. If I look at my layers panel, it didn't bring over all the layers. Do you remember that this image was made out of more than one layer? Because it assumes that I just want the visual look of that layer and I might not want to deal with the individual pieces. It's just keeping it as one piece. It's what's known as a smart object. If I wanted to get to the pieces it's made out of, I would have to double click on the little thumbnail for the image. If I double click on the thumbnail for the image, it will open up and show me all the layers that are contained within it. It shows me as a separate document though, so I can make changes to it. I'll close that though because I didn't want to make changes to it. There's a different way to get it to add to my image because right now, if you notice there's a little cloud icon in the corner? And that means that this is linked to the library panel. And what that means is if I use this in more than one file, use it in 10 different files in Photoshop, and then in any one of those files, I double click on this and I change it. For instance, I'll double click and I'll change the color of the corner. So instead of being that cream color, instead it'll be a red color. Then I'm gonna close that file and choose save. Now do you notice that here in my library, it updated? And over here where I've already used it in a document, it updated? So that means if I just drag it out of the library into a document, it's linked back to the library and if I want to make any changes to it ever, I can just double click on any document it's used within. I double click on the thumbnail for that particular layer, it'll come up as a separate document. And if I make a change, let's go put a picture in there. I don't know if this picture's big enough, but we'll find out. And drag it over. Just a little bit too small, scale it up. And I'll clip that. You can clip it by going to the layer menu and choosing create clipping mask. And why didn't it clip to our-- Oh, I clipped it to the wrong one. I need to move it down here. Now do it. Okay, now it's clipped. I'm gonna save and close that. Let's close that file out. Say yes, save. Where is it saving it? It's saving it back to the library. And then anytime I open any picture that used it, it's gonna be updated as well. That can be cool. Because what if you sign all your pictures by putting a little scribble in the corner that looks like your signature? If it came from your library and you just dragged it out of the library every time you applied it, then later on you can decide I'm sick of that little scribble that I used to use in the corner of my pictures. I want to put a fancier logo in there. You hire somebody to make a logo for you. Then all you need to do is pick any picture that has used it in there. You can double click on it to get it to show up as a separate document. Just take out your scribble of a signature that was in there, paste in your newly designed logo, close it, and when it asks if you want to save it, it asks this, say yes. And suddenly all those documents, the next time you open them, they'll all be updated. So they have the new signature on them. So that's pretty cool. But in my case, that's not what I want. Because I want to be able to use this frame and maybe have four or five of these frames within my document, having each one have a different photo clipped to it. So I need to do things differently. I'm gonna throw this layer away, I'm gonna open that thing called the library again, and this time when I drag out one of these objects, I'm gonna hold down the option key. Alt in Windows. If I hold down the option key at the time that I drag, then instead of being linked back to the library where it's dependent on that file that's sitting in my library, now it just grabbed the individual elements that made up that thing and brought them in separately, where they're not linked back. Instead, they look exactly like whatever they were when I created that object within the library. So I can come in and put any photo I want in here to replace this. And any changes I make to this will not affect what's in the library. It's independent of it. So option means kind of, usually means work on a copy of something. In this case, it means work on a copy that is independent of the one being stored in the library. So the two are not linked together in any way. And that's how I get to the individual layers and always have them there. So therefore if I want this one, I'll drag it out and hold option before I let go, so option is being held at the moment I release the mouse and then I can get another one of those frames. This one has a photo that's hidden in there. And therefore I can store stuff that I use all the time. So for my particular company, my company is called Digital Mastery, my corporate colors are black, red, and this kind of tan color. And before I had libraries and things, I could have put them in the swatches panel but then they get cluttered up with all the other junk that's in there. But if I put them here, I don't store all that many colors in my library. I have just this library here for my corporate colors. Then I also try to use a consistent typeface whenever I use text because then my corporate color can be used and my corporate font can be used and it all looks consistent. Well, if I grab the text tool, I click within this document and I say put in some text. I'll select all with command A and now I'm gonna go to my library and this is a character style. It means it contains the font and the other settings related to that text and I can click on it and get it to apply to my image so I can be consistent with what font's used and all that. So let's look at how we can store things in here. First, to store things in here, down at the bottom we have some icons. And if we look at those icons, you can usually hover over them to see what they mean. So if I click here, it's gonna add my foreground color. There's a color swatch in here. And then I can name it. The next one over is gonna add the color of the text that is currently active on my screen. The next one over is gonna add the layer style. Layer style and layer effect, those two words are used interchangeably. That would be drop shadows, bevel and emboss, and other things that you can add to a layer by going to the bottom of the layers panel and using this little FX symbol. We use those on a few occasions. The next icon over is gonna add the character style for the text that is currently selected on your screen. So put some text in there, put it in the font you like, click there. The next choice over would add a graphic. It's gonna take whatever layer or layers are currently selected and put them in here. And then we have something else which is called library from document. And that would grab everything. All the colors used within your document, all the typefaces used within that document, and add them to a library. You can have multiple libraries, which is really convenient. So I have a library, if I go up here to the top of my screen. Right now, this is called My Library. If I click on this menu though, I can switch to others. So here I have Photo Frames hand drawn. That's where I store those actual frames. I don't want them cluttering up the library I'm always looking at. I just grab those when I need 'em. Then I have my main library, which is just called My Library. Should be called Corporate Library because it's mainly my corporate colors, my corporate fonts, my little badge that I sometimes use to watermark my pictures, and then these aren't usually here. We just added those. So I can grab these and throw them in the trash if I'd like. You can view this, cause these are little thumbnails or also as a list. If you find the text is more useful than the visual, that's just an icon up here at the top. And then finally there is an icon down here at the bottom, this guy. I don't know if you recognize that icon, but that's the Creative Cloud icon. And if you have a CC subscription, then what if you have a laptop and you have a desktop machine? If I click on that symbol, if I hover over it, it'll tell me. It says all libraries are up to date. But if I use that by clicking on it to turn it on, it can sync this between more than one computer that's using the same Adobe ID. So I add my little badge here on my laptop, I get home to my desktop, and it can be sitting there waiting for me there as well. So the libraries are nice. I don't use them all the time but I do appreciate them being there. Find it a nice way to keep track of more than one piece that I commonly use. Yes? (mumbles) Save anything to the library without being logged onto my... Creative Cloud? Creative Cloud. So is it storing them-- That is if you have them syncing. In the cloud or is it storing them on your computer? It depends on what the icon is like down here in the lower right. This can get turned off and if it's turned off, then it's not syncing them to the cloud. But I don't know the exact mechanisms there because I only have one computer. And so it's not something I typically use to go between computers so I haven't experimented extensively with what the limitations are of that. Yeah. If you use sources, like I get a lot of things from Design Cuts that I've purchased from another source. Is there a limit to how many you can store? Not that I know of, although your Creative Cloud subscription has a certain storage limitation, like how much space you get on the cloud and I'm sure it's part of that, so there would be some sort of limitation. I don't know what the limit is though because I use it for relatively simply things, small graphics, so I haven't run into it. Is there, I don't know, is there a place where you like to keep a copy of your brushes and your things as a backup copy that you recommend? Well, I have my entire computer being backed up on a regular basis and I use that as my main way of keeping these things backed up. You can do many things like when you're in swatches and when you're in brushes and things, usually you can go to the side menu of most of those panels and save them out as a separate little file. And then you could copy that file to, you know, another drive if you'd like. But for me, it's mainly that I have my preferences file backed up and other things. Because I don't have too many things that are critical in those areas. With the exception of actions, those I do make sure that I have backed up as a separate entity, separate file. So here are some layer styles, by the way, that I might use where I can store them either in the layer styles panel or in the library. If you want to see what this document would look like without layer styles, I will turn them off. You see this relatively simple document, where if I turn off one of the darker layers you can see it's just shapes. We'll talk about creating shapes in a moment. We can use basic shapes in Photoshop to create things. Here I have a gear and just a couple circles. But we can transform that whole thing by using what's known as layer styles. Layer styles are found at the bottom of our layers panel. Just click on the letters FX. And here you have this list. If I turn on the layer styles for each set of these layers, do you see what we have there? That is a texture. To create that texture, I ran a filter that was called add noise and then right after that I ran a filter called motion blur. That produced this texture. Then there's, when we talk about filters, we'll talk about turning something into a repeating pattern. And you can define something as a pattern and it would overlay. So that is just one little effect here, something we could do. And you can build up these effects. Let's turn on the effects on the other layers. Here I have just a little center black circle, you can hardly see it from the image. But I turn on the effects and suddenly it looks like a pretty interesting looking, kind of three dimensional piece. If I turn on all the effects, turn them all off, I can turn these on one at a time to see if you can see how much each one builds up to create the effect. Go down to the next one, turn on its effects. That one's also got a pattern. That one, I'm trying to remember how I made it because I made it so many years ago. It was something that just had black horizontal bars on it, like diagonal bars, and then I ended up doing I think a bevel and emboss on it. Either that or, yeah, bevel and emboss on it, which made it have a shiny feeling. Let's see if I can build it up. But there it's mainly this thing called pattern overlay. Oops, wrong layer. So here's a pattern overlay. Then I put a gradient overlay on it to make one side brighter than the other. Inner shadow to make it feel like it's indented. Bevel and emboss to make it feel like it's got an edge to it. See all those things? And then finally one other piece like that. Now these take a while to experiment with and get to a desirable looking end result. So what I usually end up doing is I experiment with these settings whenever I am watching TV that is not that entertaining. Usually it's when the family wants to watch something that I'm only partially into but I know we should be hanging out, so I'm like "Alright, sure, I'll watch whatever that show is "that you're really into and I'm only 10% of the way into." So I'll be playing with this and watching the TV too. And when I got one of these set up where I really like it, then what I do is I open one of the panels. And the panel is just called styles. And this is where you can save those, those presets. So if you have a layer that's got an interesting looking effect on it, then down here I just click this icon that's the middle one and it's gonna add it as a new one. I'll call it Brushed Metal with Bevel or whatever you want to call it. And it always wants to know should it add it to my current library. That means that library panel we're using so be careful. If that's turned on, you're gonna start getting a cluttered library. It's fine if you want it though. Click okay and now I have that, if I ever want to apply that to anything else, a single click right there would apply it to the layer I'm working on. I can go down to the next layer, do the same thing. I'm not even gonna name them because I'm just gonna look at these thumbnails. So then in the future if I want to change the look of this image, all I need to do is click between some of these. Look, now I got a little jelly looking thing because that was one of my other styles that was saved in here. And come down here and switch the style to other choices and suddenly I can have a completely different looking end result with just a couple clicks. So the styles panel is where you're gonna save a set of the effects that are created using the letters FX at the bottom of your layers panel. That is our styles. Now this actual original document was created using the shape tool. Let's take a brief look at it. I'm just gonna create a brand new document. And down here near the hand tool is the shape tool. If you click and hold on it, there's more than one. And these are really simple tools. You can make rectangles, ellipses, polygons, and so on. But you can create a lot more than what you might imagine here. Let me just give you a little idea. If I use the polygon tool and I create a shape, create that, first shape. At the top of your screen, you have a bunch of different options for how you'd like to work with things. You can type in an exact width and height, you can tell it how many sides that shape should have, for instance here, and the next time you draw one you'll have one with six sides or eight sides or however many you'd like. A whole bunch of things you can do. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna transform this. I'm gonna see if I can do command T for transform. If I end up duplicating this layer, I'll just type command J, remember if we talk about layers, command J duplicates a layer. Then I'm gonna type command T. When you transform and rotate something, usually it just rotates it around the center like it is right now. But there's a little center mark right here, do you see it? What I'm gonna do is move that down here. Now when I rotate it, watch what happens. It's pivoting around that point. So that little center mark is the pivot point. So I'm gonna move it to right there. Then I'm gonna type command J to duplicate it. Whenever you transform something, there's something in here called again, which means apply the exact same transformation over again. So what if I do the keyboard shortcut that's there? Again is shift command T. So let's try shift, command, T. Duplicate the layer, command J. Shift command T. Command J, shift command T. Command J is duplicating the layer, shift command T is transforming it again. Okay? See how we can go around and create something a little more sophisticated with that? We can also come in here and then choose the ellipse tool. And I wish I had marked that spot where I rotated it because that would be the center point, but I can come in here and create an ellipse then to create the center of this shape and now I have a gear. Okay? So you see how you start with something simple, add together a bunch of other shapes into it, create something more complex. And that's how I ended up creating these images. This in the middle is just a circle. This here is a circle with the middle cut out. This is the equivalent to what I just drew, I just didn't put as many teeth on my gear. I mean I rotated it further each time. And so creating like little comical characters like this, that's all made with the shape tool. That is, when you end up going into the shape tool, if you choose the shape that is at the bottom, custom shape tool, that is where at the top of your screen on the right side you can choose different shapes. So you don't have to work with those very simplistic ones. You can get all sorts of others in here. And there's even more than this available if you go to the little side menu that you get with clicking on this gear. Here are entire categories. Or if you choose this, it'll replace all the shapes in here with different choices. So once you get used to using the shape tool, you can create everything from simple shapes to really complex stuff. You don't have to be able to actually draw, so that things like little comical characters, that's just a bunch of circles that have... This one here has an inner shadow on it, so does this one. So the combination of the shape tools and those layer styles put together, you can build up things relatively easily. Here are some of the examples for what was used to create them. Alright, then let's talk a bit about painting. I'll just work with an empty document to start with. We'll grab the paintbrush tool and the paintbrush tool looks pretty simple. It's just a circle that you can change the size of by going up here. Here's your size, and there's your hardness. And we click and drag and we can paint on our picture. Well, there's a heck of a lot more to it than that. We could literally have a whole day on what the paintbrush tool is capable of. Here I just want to give you an idea, clue as to what is possible and then you can explore it in more depth if you feel you'd like to. So if I go to the window menu, there are two areas related to painting. One is called brush. That's gonna bring up my brush panel. That's where I have all the settings that define this brush. The second one is called brush presets. And that's where once I've already defined a brush using the settings in the brush panel, if I want to be able to get back to those same settings again in the future, I save it over here as a preset. I'm gonna take my brush presets and put it over here in this little sidebar and I'll do the same thing for our brush panel. So it's all in this little sidebar. Now let's look at what we can do. I'll start here with something called brush tip shape. That means what shape of brush am I using? And I choose my brush tip shape over here and there are two kinds of brush tips. One is one that is a picture. The other is one that are bristles. And you can tell by looking at the little icons that are here. These are bristle brushes because they look like they have little bristles in a brush. And then if you scroll down further, you see ones that look like pictures, look like little drawings. I'm gonna come down here and just choose one that looks like a blade of grass. See that one there? So that is my brush tip shape. Watch what happens when I paint with it. That's all it does when you're using a brush that's based on a picture. All it does is repeat it over and over. In fact, your normal brush, the kind of brush you've been using over and over when you paint on layer masks or when you just paint on a picture, if it's usually a round brush, all it's doing is putting down a circle, moving over a certain distance, and putting down another circle. That's how that brush works as well. But let's see how I could really transform this into something more interesting. Choose undo. If I come down to the next section here, which is called shape dynamics, I'm not gonna click the check box here because that would just turn that feature on but not show me the settings related to it. I'm gonna click on the name that's here. That both turns it on and brings me to the settings for it. Down here we have a preview at the bottom and let's see what we can accomplish. Anytime you see the word jitter, it means randomly vary this setting. So size jitter is currently set to zero, so the size of my brush does not vary when I paint. But if I bring up size jitter, now when you look at the preview below you see that some of the blades of grass are smaller than other blades of grass. So I can get it to vary that. Jitter means randomly vary this setting. And then by how much is what the slider does. Or if I would rather not have it randomly do it, there's also a pop up menu called control. If I click on control, this means what should determine what does this. One could be my pen pressure. If I happen to have a graphics tablet like I have here, then how hard I push with this pen could determine it. So if I set it to size jitter and I say pen pressure, now when I paint on my image, if I press lightly I get small blades of grass. And if I press harder and harder, I get big blades. That's just by how hard I pushed down on this. So control means instead of having it randomly vary, do I actually want to control it with something. And so I can have it controlled with either the pressure of this pen or with the tilt of the pen because it can sense if I'm holding it at an angle or straight up. And therefore that could vary the size of my brush. There's also a choice called stylus wheel and I believe that would make it so the scroll wheel on your mouse would control it as you're painting. I'm gonna set that to off and I'm just gonna make it so it jitters the size a lot so we vary it. Then down here we have angle jitter, and that means should it rotate these little brushstrokes before it puts each one down? So watch the preview at the bottom when I bring up angle jitter. Can see it rotating them. Now if these are supposed to be grass, it doesn't make sense that they'd be upside down, so I'm gonna only vary that enough so that they're still looking like they're coming from the bottom and not sideways and things. About like that. And again, we have the choice of control, so if I wanted to vary the angle based on the tilt of my pen or something, I could do it. Then we have roundness jitter. And what roundness in this case means is should it scale it in one dimension? So if I move this up or down, do you see it's kind of squishing the tips so they're not being as tall? What it's really thinking about when it says roundness is as if you had a round brush and should it turn it into an oval at some point. Alright, then let's go down to a different category. It's called scattering. I'm just gonna click right on the word scattering and here we have a choice called scatter. Well, if I bring up scatter, it's gonna make it so it doesn't precisely follow where I paint. Instead it can move up or down from that position a little bit. So do you see what happens when I move way out like that? And way down. But it means how far can it deviate from where I was? So if I come over here now and paint, even though I'm painting straight horizontal, you see how it's putting down little things above and below that. So I don't want it so it goes too far away but I want it so it varies enough to make it look like they're not all in alignment. Something about like that maybe. Then we have count and that means how often does it put down these brush tips? If I bring the count setting up, you'll see it puts more and more and more in there. And we can have count jitter, which means should it vary it so it's not consistent? Sure, vary it. So some places it's thicker, more dense, and other places it's less dense. It would literally take all day to go through all these. Let's just look at a section called color dynamics. Because right now our brush is only based on our foreground color. Let's click on our foreground color and choose a nice green for our grass. And in fact I'm gonna change my background color as well and get a darker version of that green. Now under color dynamics, we have a choice called foreground background jitter. Well, look at my foreground and background colors. Should it randomly switch between the two or vary between those two colors? So if I bring that up... Let's first look at what it looks like when it's set to zero. Oh, wait a minute. Hold on. Something is set... Oh, hue jitter is turned way up. I didn't want that. Sorry, I didn't realize a setting was turned on called hue jitter. So now you see that it's just using my foreground color. Choose undo. And I'm gonna bring up foreground slash background jitter. I'll put it up to 100% and now you notice it varies between my foreground and background colors. I might want to have it a little lower so it stays closer to using my foreground color more often. Like that. Then we have a choice called hue jitter and that means should we randomly change what color these bristles are? That's what was turned up a little while ago when it was giving me multicolored. That's when I get this. But if I only have it turned up a tiny amount, then it's still gonna be near my original color. Saturation jitter will randomly change how colorful they are. I'll bring that up a little bit. And brightness jitter will change how bright they are. I might bring that up a considerable amount so we have... Now look at all that. Heck, if this wasn't green, if it was brown and yellow, this could be hair. (laughs) Somebody's kind of bald head, we can put some really bad looking patch in there. Anyway, you get the idea. There's a whole bunch of other settings that are in there, okay? So I'm just trying to give you an idea of them. Just remember, jitter means randomly vary this setting. Control means don't do it randomly, do it based on the pressure of my pen or the angle of my pen or some other setting. Alright. Now once I get this, where I've spent so much time on a brush, I might as well save it. So if I'd like to save this, I'm gonna go to the other little panel which is my brush presets panel. At the bottom of the brush presets panel, I have an icon to create a new brush. And I'll click there and that should let me name this Grass. Now the only problem with that is when I come back to use this brush, it might not look exactly the same. And that's because I have my foreground and background colors set to specific colors and those colors aren't usually saved in a brush preset. If I want those colors to be used every time I do it, then I don't want to use a brush preset. What I want to use instead is a different window called tool presets. Tool presets include, when it comes to the paintbrush tool, not only all the brush settings that you have put in but also all the settings for in the options bar up here at the top of my screen. So that means things like opacity, flow, blending mode, would be added as well. And when I add one for the paintbrush tool, there's a check box when I'm creating it called include color. And that means include my foreground and background colors. So if you end up getting a perfect brush for doing something and that brush is reliant on the color you're painting with, then instead of saving it as a brush preset, save it as a tool preset. A tool preset includes not only the brush but all the settings that are in the options bar that goes across the top of your screen and if you turn on that check box also includes your foreground and background color. And so sometimes that's preferable to just saving it as a brush. Make sense? And you can have tool presets for just about any tool. And with it, there's a check box at the bottom called current tool only. Because if you have way too many of these loaded, then you might have to scroll through to find them. So if you turn on current tool only and I'm in the paintbrush, then I'm going to only have presets for that particular tool. So I can quickly switch between them. And that's another useful thing to have in this little bar over here because it's the kind of thing where you just grab a preset and you hide that little panel and it's not very often you need to use it. Now the other thing we should discuss is the other kind of brush. Remember I said there were two general kinds of brushes. One is based on a picture, which is what we used so far, a picture of a blade of grass. The other is based on bristles. And I don't have extensive experience using bristles but I can give you a general idea for how to think about them. Here in my brush picker, I just went to the very top of my screen when I'm in my brush tool, click here. You can see my normal brushes, the ones that are based on pictures, but then these that look like little bristles, little bristle brushes, I choose one of those. And if I do, then when I next go to my brushes panel and I come up here and I choose brush tip shape, I'm gonna have some extra options right here that control what kind of brush I'm going to be working with. With this, it's useful to have a preview of what you're about to do because it's a different way of thinking. That preview is gotten by clicking this icon down here at the bottom, looks like a little eyeball with a paintbrush. If I turn that on, this is my little preview. And watch that preview as I change the settings for this brush. I'm gonna change the length of the brush. I'm gonna change how many bristles are in it. There's one bristle. And there's a full brush. Also instead of just looking at that preview, look down here at this preview. It shows you what it might look like when I paint with it. Here I can choose how thick the bristles are. Are they really thick and dense or are they thinned out? I can choose the stiffness of my brush. Now the stiffness means if I were to paint like around a corner with that brush, would the brush perfectly follow where I'm going or would it kind of bend as I go around that corner. You know how if you have a brush that's really soft, if you bend it around, the bristles would move and make it around that corner. So the stiffer the bristles are, the closer it's gonna follow the path that I take. And the softer it is, the more it will swing out as I make corners. So with this brush, if I grab my graphics tablet, watch the preview, the one in the upper right? If I tilt, you see it tilting the brush? So it's thinking about the tilt and I'm also trying to get a preview on the image itself. I'm gonna get a smaller brush, down a little bit. And so do you see how when I went around the corner, it got thicker? That's because it would be like having the bristles kind of spread out and move around there. And I might want to come down here and get fewer bristles on the brush. And see if I can get it so you can start seeing a little of the spacing in between them. My thickness all the way down like that. So anyway, you can fine tune this quite a bit. There are quite a few presets that use these and so it can be interesting. You might want to incorporate them though with a different tool in Photoshop. If you click and hold on the normal paintbrush tool, there is a choice called the mixer brush tool. I am not overly versed with the mixer brush tool so I'm only gonna give you some of the basics because I'm not a painting guy. I'm a photographer, that's my thing. But if you don't have any help for using it, then you can be a little bit frustrated. So let me give you a little bit of idea of what this does. First off, there are presets. Right here, do I want to think of it as being dry, moist, wet, or very wet? When it comes to wetness, what it really is talking about is the stuff that you've already painted. Imagine you're painting on a canvas using oil paints. Did you paint this last week and you're coming back today and it's completely dry? If it is completely dry, it should pretty much stay stationary. I can paint things over it but it's not gonna smudge what's there. Does that make sense? Whereas if I just painted that two minutes ago and it's not dry yet, that means the paint's still wet. And if I move my brush on top of it and start brushing right, I might start moving some of that paint along with it. Does that make sense? So if this is set to wet at all... Let me choose a different color to paint with. I don't want that dark. Then when I come in here, do you see the green is moving along with the color? Because what's down there is wet. If I take the wet setting and bring it down to zero, now you notice it's only painting with the color of my foreground color. It's not interacting with what's already there because it thinks of what's already there as being dry paint, so it shouldn't move. So I can bring up wet. If I bring it up to 100%, it's gonna be very wet so it's really gonna completely move as I paint with this. So I can do that. I'll bring my wet down a bit. Then we also have a choice called mix. And mix means... If I turn my wet all the way down, you'll see there is no mix. Mix becomes unavailable. That's because it's only gonna mix if some of the paint sitting there is wet. So I'll bring my wet up. Only when wet is turned up can I mix. And mix means how much should the color I'm painting with right now mix with what's already there? So therefore if I bring mix way up, the color I'm painting with and the color that's underneath should combine a good amount. If I bring it down, it should do so less. But it's controlling how much of the color I'm painting with mixing with what's already on the paper. Load means how much of my foreground color is loaded into my brush. If I bring load down very low, then there shouldn't be much of the color loaded in there. So I can come in here and mainly get, see, I'm just getting the sheet of paper color that I'm painting over and just the littlest hint of my foreground color in there. So load means how wet is my brush with my foreground color, how much have I dipped it in? If I bring it up a lot, we get a lot. Other things that are in here. Over here, we have different settings. This one here would I think clean your brush, this one would load your brush. And if you click right next to it here, you can also load and clean. This shows you what's currently on your brush, as if you just looked at the brush physically. So that means there's nothing on it. So that if you're about to paint on your image, you might only mix and move the stuff around because there's nothing on your brush. Then you can click this icon. I thought that would load your brush but if you look at it, it's supposed to be a little arrow pointing up as if you're putting something on your brush. So that loads it, that should clean it. Anyway, you can experiment with this. And if you experiment with bristle brushes and all those settings for your brushes, you can get some really interesting effects. I'm not a painter though, so I'm not the kind of guy that's gonna use this to create an amazing thing. But it is interesting to work with. Start with these presets here. Experiment with them. Just so you know, these are just presets. All they're doing when you choose one of these is changing all the settings in the options bar. And if this ever says custom, it means you're not using one of those presets, you've modified it so that the settings that are in here do not conform to the preset, okay? Alright, well, I'm not gonna make an ugly picture anymore. I just wanted to give you an idea of where to go if you want to start experimenting with that. Know that the tool that I was just using was not the normal paintbrush tool. It was instead over here called the mixer brush tool. That's the one that gives me the options of wet and load and mix. So it wasn't the normal paintbrush, it was the mixer brush. It's in the same slot though as the normal paintbrush. Alright, well, let's think about tomorrow. Tomorrow we're gonna talk about tonal adjustments and adjustment layers. Just so you know, a tonal adjustment means one that does not affect the color. It affects only the brightness or the contrast of your picture. Now before tomorrow rolls around, you should head over to Facebook and go to that web address right there. That's where you can get on the private Facebook group related to this class. That's where you can ask questions about this and I bet you there'll be a bunch of people in there that are actually painters and things and they'll tell you the little tips and tricks about how to get even better stuff out of those particular brushes. I just wanted to make sure you had a general idea because it's not very common that you find a good explanation of what do these particular options mean. And I wanted to give you some of that. Then you can experiment and talk with your friends on the Facebook group and figure out what you might be able to get for better looking results. Finally, if you want to find me online, here are some of your options. And I hope to see you guys on Facebook group and in our next session of Photoshop CC, the complete guide.

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Dive deep into the world of Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools with this comprehensive blog. Start by exploring the range of selection tools available in Adobe Photoshop, including the Magic Wand, Select Subject, and Lasso tools. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user, this detailed blog will help you learn about Adobe Photoshop's selection tools.

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According to a 2023 Statista report , Adobe Photoshop is the most reputed photo editing and Graphic Design software. The design tool has a market share of about 34 per cent in the same year. Adobe has proven itself as a de facto standard for designers of all experience levels.  

So, to bring life to your photos and revolutionise editing, it’s time to learn about this tool. Read this blog to enhance your photo editing skills using Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools. Also, explore the tips and tricks to take your editing skills to new heights. 

Table of Contents  

1) Exploring Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop 

a)  Magic wand tool 

b)  Quick selection tool 

c) Object selection tool  

d)Select subject tool 

e) Lasso tool mu  

2)  Choosing your Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop 

3)  Conclusion 

Exploring Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop  

Here is a list of the various Selection Tools available to users to choose from, depending on the intent of their project:  

Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop

Magic wand tool  

The magic wand tool is designed to simplify the process for users to select objects and areas within an image. What makes this tool magical is its ability to select specific parts of an image based on colour and tone. It operates by identifying and selecting pixels with similar colour values to the point where you click. 

If you have a photo of a bright blue sky with fluffy white clouds, and you want to replace the sky with the background of a sunset, you can utilise the magic wand tool by clicking on the blue part of the sky. This will automatically select all the blue areas, leaving the clouds untouched. 

Furthermore, you can then replace the selected blue sky with the sunset background of your choice without affecting the other sections of the image. Now the magic wand tool allows you to adjust the 'Tolerance' level. A lower tolerance will make the selection more precise to the exact colour clicked, while a higher tolerance expands the selection to include similar shades. This flexibility provides control over the selection's accuracy and ensures that you can tailor it to your specific needs. 

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Quick s election t ool  

The quick Selection Tool is an invaluable asset when it comes to making selections within an image, especially when you need to work fast and with precision. Unlike the magic wand tool, which selects based on colour, the quick selection tool operates more like a brush. It detects and selects areas of similar colour and texture. 

Imagine you have an image of a person standing in a forest, and you wish to separate the person from the background to adjust the scenery. With the quick Selection Tool, you can simply 'paint' over the person, and the tool will intelligently select the entire figure, recognising the boundaries between the person and the background. 

Even if the subject has complex edges or blends somewhat with the surroundings, the quick Selection Tool can often interpret what you intend to select. 

Now o ne of the main advantages of this tool is its responsiveness to the subtleties in an image. You can adjust the brush size for broader or more detailed selection, and if it selects too much, you can simply press the 'Alt' key to subtract from the selection. 

Object s election t ool  

The object S election T ool represents a significant advancement in selection technology. It's designed to provide a swift and accurate way to select individual objects within an image. Built on advanced M achine L earning (ML) algorithms, this tool can intelligently understand the contours and characteristics of specific objects, saving you time and effort.  

Suppose you have an image filled with various fruits on a table, and you want to highlight only the apples. This intent might require the traditional technique of careful manual selection using different tools.  

However, with the object Selection Tool, you can simply draw a rough rectangle or lasso around the apples, and the tool will automatically snap to the edges of the apples, selecting them perfectly. 

It recognises the shapes and contrasts within your selection area and isolates the apples, allowing you to edit them independently from the rest of the image. Furthermore, you can even combine your use of the object selection tool with other selection tools. You can add flexibility to your editing process. 

Select subject tool  

The select subject tool is a remarkable innovation, enabling users to effortlessly isolate the main subject of an image with just a single click. This tool utilises Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to understand the primary focus of an image so a user’s selection process becomes quick and precise. 

Consider an example where you have a photograph of a person standing in front of a complex background, and you want to change the background or apply specific adjustments to just the person.  

This outcome might have previously required a time-consuming manual selection process. However, with the select subject tool, you simply click on the 'Select Subject' button, and Photoshop automatically identifies and selects the person. It ignores the intricate background details. 

Now the ability to accurately select a subject in seconds can significantly enhance your workflow. It is especially helpful if you're working on multiple images or have a complex project with tight deadlines. 

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Lasso tool  

The lasso tool is one of the foundational Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools, offering users a versatile and intuitive means to make freeform selections within an image. Unlike some other tools that operate based on colour or shape algorithms, the Lasso tool puts control directly in your hands, allowing you to draw selections in any shape or size. 

Imagine you have an image of a winding river surrounded by a lush landscape, and you want to selectively edit the river without affecting the rest of the scene. The lasso tool would be an ideal choice for this task.  

Y ou can use your mouse or stylus to draw a selection that follows the river's meandering path, carefully tracing around its curves and bends. Once selected, you can apply adjustments or effects to the river without altering the surrounding landscape. 

The lasso tool comes with variations like the Magnetic Lasso, which automatically clings to edges as you draw, and the Polygonal Lasso. It allows you to create selections using straight lines. These augmentations provide flexibility for different tasks. 

Marquee tool  

The marquee tool is one of the simplest and easy-to-use Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools. It is perfect for creating rectangular or elliptical selections. It's a tool that offers ease of use without sacrificing functionality, making it an essential part of any Photoshop user's toolkit. 

Suppose you have an image of a crowded street, and you want to highlight a particular signboard or window within a building. By selecting the rectangular marquee tool from the toolbar, you can click and drag it to create a perfect rectangle around the specific area you want to edit. If the target area is more circular, you can choose the elliptical marquee tool to create an oval selection. 

Once the desired area is selected, you can apply different effects, adjustments or even copy and paste the selection into another image. The marquee tool is especially useful for cropping images, creating frames, or isolating geometric shapes. 

Select colour range tool  

The select colour range tool is an incredibly powerful Selection Tool that enables users to select specific colours or colour ranges within an image. Unlike the basic Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools that require manual drawing or clicking, this tool targets colours. As a result, it allows selections that can be both broad and highly nuanced. 

Imagine you have a landscape photograph featuring a field of flowers with various shades of red and pink. You want to enhance only these colours without affecting the rest of the image. By using the select colour range tool, you can click on one of the red flowers, and Photoshop will identify and select all the related red and pink shades in the image.  

Furthermore, you can then adjust the 'Fuzziness' slider to control how strictly the tool adheres to the selected colour . Either narrow the selection to a specific hue or broaden it to include similar shades. 

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Select focus area tool  

The select focus area tool is a sophisticated tool that allows users to select areas within an image that are in sharp focus. It's particularly handy for isolating subjects from backgrounds or working with images with varying depths of field. 

Consider a portrait where the subject is in crisp focus, but the background is blurred. If you want to change or enhance the background without affecting the sharply focused subject, the select focus area tool can be an invaluable ally.  

Simply choose the tool and adjust the parameters to match the focus level of your subject. Photoshop will then automatically select the area that's in focus, leaving the blurred background unselected. 

The select subject tool is a time-saving feature that allows users to quickly identify and select the main subject in an image with just one click. Using Artificial Intelligence, the tool recognises and isolates the primary object or person in the photo. 

Imagine a picture of a pet dog in a garden filled with flowers and plants. If you want to change the garden's background or apply specific effects to the dog, the select subject tool can effortlessly highlight the dog for you. You need to click on the 'Select Subject' option, and the tool will analyse the image and automatically select the dog. Moreover, it will ignore the complex flora in the background. 

T his tool bridges the gap between efficiency and accuracy, especially in images with well-defined subjects. It's a real boon for those wanting to manipulate images without spending too much time on manual selection. 

Select sky tool  

The select sky tool is a specialised selection feature designed to automatically recognise and select the sky within an image. It utilises intelligent algorithms to identify sky areas, even when they are partially obscured or blended with other elements. 

If you have a landscape photo and want to change the sky's colour or add cloud effects, the select sky tool makes this task simple. Clicking on the tool will instantly select the sky portion of the image. It will allow you to apply the desired adjustments or replace the sky altogether. It's an efficient tool for enhancing or creatively altering sky elements in photography.  

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Choosing your Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop  

Using the right Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop is an indispensable segment of the digital editing process. The range of tools allows users to isolate specific areas of an image and offer various functions catering to many of their needs. 

U sers can view a brief description of each tool by hovering over them, thereby helping themselves choose the one best suited to their current project or individual task. The various tools available optimise a user’s precision, control and creativity. More importantly, the combination of experimentation and practice will guide users in mastering the essential functions, unlocking endless possibilities in thei r design work. 

So, whether they are a professional Graphic Designer or beginners kickstarting their journey, a comprehensive understanding of these tools and their selection is crucial to their project’s success. 

Conclusion  

We hope that y ou have now understood how the Adobe Photoshop Selection Tools provide users with a diverse and powerful collection of features. From basic geometric selections to advanced AI-driven functions, these tools enhance creativity and efficiency in image editing. So, embrace these tools and set on a transformative editing journey. 

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Photoshop Tools and Functions In-depth Discussion

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Photoshop is a popular platform used in the design and photography industries, allowing for endless creativity. Within these industries, plenty of tools are beneficial for breaking down the process. Adobe Photoshop is one of the best photo editing software to do the same. We can use it on Windows and Mac. There are many useful Photoshop tools and functions to minimize your time to create any creative image. For example, when you want to take stunning pictures with transparency, you can use the photoshop pen tool. You can convert your ordinary photo into a realistic one by using a bunch of photoshop retouching tools. It also provides multiple-image and smart-filter options to merge images and adjust the picture colours. This particular tool is perfect for those who want to edit their photos without too much hassle. You can quickly go back and forth between filters and layer adjustment options.

Adobe Photoshop also comes with some essential image retouching tools that can be useful for beginners, who need to remove blemishes or straighten an image. While the tools are simple, you have little control over what you can do with them. You should look into some additional Photoshop plugins if you want more control over retouching your photos.

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Photoshop Tools and Functions

There are many valuable tools for designers and amateurs alike to use. Learning Photoshop is not rocket science. This article will explore the basics and introduce photoshop tools. It will help beginners to understand the uses of every instrument. The tools that can be used in photoshop are categorised into different sections. To learn photoshop tricks using the necessary tools, you must be dedicated and determined to understand them. You know, practice always makes your skill perfect. It is not easy to decide the time frame to learn Adobe Photoshop properly. But only you can do this.

One of the most important things you should remember is to get the basics right. Many people are so keen to learn advanced features of Photoshop that they get trapped in using many elements together, which is not a good idea. Here are some key areas where you need to concentrate more on learning Photoshop properly. The first thing you need to know about Photoshop is proper selection techniques . Photoshop is all about making selections of elements, so start by learning how to use essential selection tools properly. Learn a good workflow for clipping path, masking, colour adjustment, and how to work with layers and layer masks.

Photoshop Tools and Functions Overview

Photoshop is software that is often used for editing digital images. It’s a collection of tools you can use to tweak, edit, and enhance your photos and assist with some projects. In this article, we will look at a list of some photoshop tools and briefly discuss what they do. Those tools are so easy to use and provide most of the functionality that you might want to accomplish. They are used to manipulate the image in different ways. You can change what they show or hide, merge them, cut them into smaller pieces, paint on them with brushes, apply filters, distort them with warps, and more. We will deal with them one by one in the list below.

Photoshop users have many ways to achieve the desired effect, but one of the most underutilised is the Photoshop Move Tool. The Move tool is a tool for changing the position of objects on the Photoshop canvas. The Photoshop Move Tool is a tool for manipulating objects. To use the Move Tool, click on it in the Tools panel. It looks like a cross with arrows (see below). You’re changing its position when you click and drag an object with the Move Tool. 

Marquee Tools

Photoshop’s marquee tools are built to make partial selections, cut things out of backgrounds, or extract details from one element. These tools are more advanced than the essential selection tools but are still incredibly easy to use. If you need to edit a photo, design something on your computer, or build a website, these tools are the ones you may want to use.

=> The Rectangular Marquee Tool

Photoshop rectangular marquee tool is the selection tool to adjust and enhance image objects and typography. When you want to apply this tool, you must select the layer that you want to edit. It will allow you to cut or select an individual area of any object from your image as a square shape. 

=> The Elliptical Marquee Tool

One particular tool that is not only beginner-friendly but also potent is the elliptical marquee tool. The elliptical marquee tool is a great tool to use for removing backgrounds from images. It will allow you to cut or select an individual area of any object from your image as a circle shape. 

=> The Single Row Marquee Tool

Marquee tools allow us to select photo parts and change their shape. 

We can use Photoshop’s single-row Marquee Tool to make a box or a straight line. A yellow or pink rectangle will appear on the screen when you click and drag the cursor. It will be constrained to one row unless an arrow is connected, which will allow the selection to be rotated.

=> The Single Column Marquee Tool

The single-column marquee tool is often used to select or edit specific areas of an image or create selections for use in another edit. Everyday use for this tool would be to make selections for an easy cut-out in a snap. It will create a square or rectangular section, depending on the cursor’s shape when you click on the image. Click and drag the Single Column Marquee Tool to create a vertical or rectangular selection.

Lasso Tools

Photoshop offers three Lasso tools: the Regular Lasso tool, the Polygonal Lasso tool, and the Magnetic Lasso tool. Those Lasso tools have their particular purpose of selection. You may need to use all three of them on occasion. The following sections explain each of the Lasso tools.

=> Lasso Tool (Regular)

The regular Lasso tool allows you to select a freeform selection of an image, such as a face or body part. Lasso tool does not automatically close the selection. Instead, you must click on the starting point and the last point. While using Lasso, select pixels that are similar in colour, or the selection will be poor.

=> Polygonal Lasso Tool

The Polygonal Lasso tool allows you to make a straight line selection. This tool will enable you to make a selection using either consecutive lines or freeform curves. It’s designed to select from irregularly shaped objects, as the freeform curve option allows for precise quotes. 

=> Magnetic Lasso Tool

The Magnetic Lasso tool uses the edge of an object to determine the next spot to select (which works surprisingly well). These lasso tools are used for choosing irregular areas in an image, while the Magnetic tool helps you make curved lines around objects in your photo. The Magnetic Lasso tool selects the edges of things in a snap.

Selection Tools

In Adobe Photoshop, we will find two particular types of selection tools. One is a quick selection tool, and the other is a magic wand selection tool. Those have different facilities to create the necessary selection. As per need, we can use them when we edit any images. 

=> Quick Selection Tool

The Quick Selection tool is excellent for making quick selections, especially from large areas of solid colours. For example, If you have a photo with the sky and a building with some trees. You can use it to select a quickly changing section of the sky and then mask the selection to reveal details in the building and tree branches. Click the Quick Selection tool in the Tools panel. Drag to select an area of the sky; see this magic too. 

=> Magic Wand Tool

The Magic wand Tool is powerful and versatile. You can select an area of similar tone and colour with a few clicks of the button. You can also feather the selection into the surrounding areas. The Magic Wand Tool will automatically become active if you switch to one of these tools while working on an assignment. 

 Crop Tools

Adobe Photoshop provides users with a set of crop tools with different editing facilities. We can control our editing process by using appropriate tools for specific needs. It’s used for various tasks, including fixing photos, adjusting text and removing unwanted elements.

=> Crop Tool

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The Crop Tool allows you to select a specific area of an image and crop out the rest. While it may seem simple, the Crop Tool can be challenging to master. The main thing to remember is that the Crop Tool is designed to crop images. It will not resize them. To use the Crop Tool, click and drag it over the area you want to cut. The Crop Tool will automatically snap to the edges of the image. 

To adjust the size of the Crop Tool, click and drag one of the handles. When you are done, click the check mark in the Options Bar. The crop tool will crop your image; if you want to cancel the crop, press Esc on your keyboard.

=> Perspective Crop Tool

The Perspective Crop Tool is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. It allows you to crop an image in perspective, which can help create specific effects. However, it’s also effortless to make mistakes with this tool, so it’s essential to know how to use it correctly. The Perspective Crop Tool is located in the Tools palette under the Crop Tool. To select it, click on it.

Once you have selected the Perspective Crop Tool, your cursor will change into a crosshair. To use the tool, click and drag it across the image. As you do this, you’ll see a grid appear. This grid represents the perspective of the image.

=> Slice Tool

The Adobe Photoshop Slice Tool is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. It allows you to divide an image into smaller sections, which can then be saved as individual images. The slice tool can be beneficial for creating web graphics, but it can also be very challenging to get the desired results. To use the Slice Tool effectively, you need to have a good understanding of how it works. The Slice Tool is located in the Tools panel, which is located under the crop tool set. 

=> Slice Select Tool

The Slice Select Tool allows you to select a specific area of an image and then move or delete that area. The tool can be challenging because it requires a lot of precision. However, it can be a potent tool once you get the hang of it. 

Eyedropper Tools Set

The Eyedropper set of Photoshop tools can be challenging to master, but they are essential for any serious Photoshop user. The Eyedropper tool allows you to select a colour from an image and then use that colour in your photo. There are five more tools to apply for a similar task, but those have individual uses. If you want to be a master of Photoshop, you need to know how to use these tools.

=> Eyedropper Tool

The Eyedropper Tool is one of the essential Photoshop tools to master. This tool allows you to select a colour from an image and then use that colour in your photo. The key to effectively using this tool is understanding how to read the colour values. Once you know how to do that, you can use the Eyedropper Tool to select any colour you want. The first thing you need to do is open an image in Photoshop. Once the photo is open, choose the eyedropper tool and click on the sample colour you want to pick. The eyedropper tool will collect the colour sample, and then you can use the colour as per your need.  

=> 3D Material Eyedropper Tool

The Photoshop 3D Material Eyedropper Tool is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. It allows you to select and apply 3D materials to objects in your scene. While it may seem daunting at first, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to use this tool like a pro. 

=> Colour Sampler Tool

The Colour Sampler Tool is excellent for quickly and easily sampling colours from an image. To use the Colour Sampler Tool, click on the area of the image you want to test, and Photoshop will display the colour values for that area. You can then use these values to create your custom colours. With some practice, the Colour Sampler Tool can be a great way to get more precise colour results in Photoshop. 

=> Ruler Tool

The Photoshop Ruler Tool is one of the most useful Photoshop tools to master. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a powerful tool for creating precise graphics. The Ruler Tool allows you to draw straight lines, measure distances, and create custom shapes. It can create intricate patterns or add a straight line to an image. With a bit of practice, the photoshop Ruler Tool can be helpful for any Photoshop user.

=> Note Tool

The Note Tool allows you to add notes to your photos, which can be helpful when remembering what you did to a particular image or when you’re sharing your photos with others. In addition, the Note Tool can be used to create photo collages and add text to your photos. The Note Tool is an excellent option if you’re looking for a way to make your photos stand out. 

=> Count Tool

Count Tool in Photoshop is a powerful but often underutilised tool. It can be used to quickly and easily count objects in an image. Count Tool can be found in the “Tools” palette, under the “Eyedropper” tool. To use the Count Tool, click on the object you wish to count, and the Count Tool will automatically calculate the number of pixels in the thing. A Count Tool can be a great time saver if you need to measure many objects. 

 Retouching Tools

Many different retouching tools are available in Photoshop, and it can be challenging to know which ones you need. There are a set of retouching tools to use for retouching purposes. Here is the list of elements you should use for retouching:

=> Spot Healing Brush Tool

The Spot Healing Brush Tool is one of the most valuable tools in Photoshop. This tool lets you quickly remove slight imperfections from your photos with a few clicks. However, it can also be easy to overdo it and end up with an image that looks artificial. If you’re not careful, the Spot Healing Brush Tool can be one of the most difficult Photoshop tools. But with some practice, you can learn to use it effectively and create beautiful, flawless photos.

=> Healing Brush Tool

The Healing Brush Tool is one of the most effective and valuable tools in Photoshop. It allows you to quickly and easily remove imperfections from your photos, like blemishes, wrinkles, or scratches. The Healing Brush Tool is also great for repairing damaged photos, like those that have been torn or water damaged. While the Healing Brush Tool is relatively easy to use, it can be tricky to master. 

=> Patch Tool

The Photoshop Patch is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a potent tool for retouching photos. The Patch Tool allows you to select an area of an image and then replace it with another size of the picture. The patch tool also can be used to fix blemishes, remove objects, or even change the background of an image. While the Patch Tool can be challenging to master, it is valuable for anyone who wants to retouch photos.

=> Content-Aware Move Tool

The Content-Aware Move Tool allows you to move an object in an image while automatically filling in the background. The content-aware move tool can help remove objects from a photo or place them in a new location. However, getting the tool to work correctly can be complicated and often requires a lot of trial and error. If you’re willing to put in the time to learn it, though, the Content-Aware Move Tool can be a powerful tool in your Photoshop arsenal.

=> Red Eye Tool

The Red Eye Tool in Photoshop removes the redness from the eyes in photos. The red-eye tool can be a problematic tool to use, as it requires a good deal of precision. However, with a bit of practice, we can master it. The Red Eye Tool can be found in the toolbox and is typically located near the bottom. To use the tool, click on the photo area you want to fix. The red-eye tool will then attempt to remove the redness from the eyes. If it is unsuccessful, you may need to adjust the settings or try other instruments.

Brush Tools Set

The photoshop Brush Tools are essential for any graphic designer. They are used to create and manipulate images in a variety of ways. We can find the brush tools in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Brush tool sets include the brush tool and Pencil Tool. Each of these tools has a specific purpose and can be used to create different effects. Several different brush types are available, each with its unique set of features. If you’re serious about Photoshop, you must know how to use the brush tool.

=> Brush Tool

The Photoshop Brush Tools are one of the essential Photoshop tools to master. To use them effectively, you need to have a good understanding of how they work. The brush tool allows you to select a specific area of an image and apply a brush to it. We can use this to create various effects, from adding highlights to darkening shadows. 

=> Pencil Tool

Once you know how to use it, it can be a potent tool for creating beautiful images. The Pencil Tool is one of the essential drawing tools in Photoshop. The pencil tool can be used to create lines, shapes, and even shading. The Pencil Tool is located in the Tools palette, which is usually on the screen’s left side. To select the Pencil Tool, click on it in the Tools palette. Alternatively, you can press the letter P on your keyboard.

Clone Stamp Tool Set

The Clone Stamp Tool is a section of photo retouching tools. Here we will find a set of tools that are especially useful for retouching purposes. We can fix the imperfection, rebuild the broken area of any photos, or clone anything using those specific tools. 

=> Clone Stamp Tool

The Clone Stamp Tool is one of the most essential and valuable tools in Photoshop. It allows you to copy pixels from one area of an image and paste them into another place. The clone stamp tool can be used to fix flaws or imperfections or to create exciting effects. The Clone Stamp Tool can be challenging to master, but it is essential for anyone who wants to do serious photo editing. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to use this tool like a pro.

=> Pattern Stamp Tool

The Pattern Stamp Tool is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a powerful tool for creating complex designs. The key to using the Pattern Stamp Tool effectively is to have a good understanding of how it works. The Pattern Stamp Tool allows you to create a design using a series of small images called stamps. Each stamp is placed on top of the previous stamp, and the result is a design that looks like it was created with one large image.

=> Colour Replacement Tool

The Colour Replacement Tool can be handy for making quick colour changes to an image. The tool samples a colour from the image and then replaces it with a new colour. The key to using the tool effectively is to use a minimal brush size and be careful not to sample too much of the image, or else the colours will start to look unnatural. With some practice, the Colour Replacement Tool can be a powerful tool for making subtle colour changes to an image.

=> Mixer Brush Tool

The photoshop Mixer Brush Tool allows you to mix colours to create new ones and create different textures. We can use the mixer brush tool to create various effects, from painting to texturing. If you’re looking to add some new skills to your Photoshop repertoire, the Mixer Brush Tool is a great place to start. Photoshop’s Mixer Brush Tool is a versatile tool that we can use to create various effects. 

  • History Brush Tool Set

In this brush tool section, we will find two types of history brush tools. Those have individual uses. We describe each function. 

=> History Brush Tool

The History Brush Tool is one of the most essential and valuable tools in Photoshop. It allows you to paint over an image with a previous version of the image, which can be very helpful for making corrections or changes. The History Brush Tool is located in the toolbar and looks like a paintbrush.

=> Art History Brush Tool

The photoshop Art History Brush Tool can be a potent tool for creating stunning artwork. The Art History Brush Tool allows you to selectively brush away parts of an image, revealing the underlying image beneath. We can use this to create various effects, from subtle shading to complete image transformation. 

 Eraser Tools Set

If you’re new to Photoshop, the eraser tools can be one of the most challenging things to master. There are various eraser tools available, each with its unique purpose. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to erase anything you want in Photoshop. The first thing you need to know about the Eraser Tools is that they come in three varieties: the Eraser, Background Eraser and the Magic Eraser. 

=> Eraser Tool

We can use photoshop Eraser Tools to erase parts of an image or create exciting effects. If you’re not careful, they can also ruin your photo. That’s why it’s essential to know how to use them correctly. The Eraser Tools are located in the toolbox. To use the Eraser Tool, click and drag it across the area you want to erase. The size of the brush will determine how much of the image is erased.

=> Background Eraser Tool

The Background Eraser Tool allows you to erase the background of an image without affecting the foreground. Background Eraser Tool can help remove unwanted objects from a photo or isolate a subject. The tool can be tricky, but you can learn to control it and produce excellent results with practice. 

=> Magic Eraser Tool

The Photoshop Magic Eraser Tool allows you to quickly and easily remove unwanted objects from your photos with just a few clicks. The tool works by sampling the color of the thing you want to remove and then erasing all pixels that match that color. Magic Eraser Tool makes it great for removing small objects, like dust or scratches, from your photos. However, we can also use the tool to remove more critical things, like people or buildings. The only downside to the Photoshop Magic Eraser Tool is that it can sometimes remove too much of the background, leaving your photo looking unnatural.

 Blur Tool Set

The Blur Tool Set in Photoshop is a group of tools we can use to create various blurring effects. These effects can add depth to an image or make an object appear out of focus. The Blur Tool Set includes the Blur Tool, Sharpen Tool, and Smudge Tool. Each of these tools has its unique capabilities and can be used to create different types of blurring effects.

=> Blur Tool

we can use the Blur Tool to create various effects, from simulating shallow depth of field to blurring out a background. However, it can be tricky to get the hang of, and even experienced users find it challenging to use. If you’re looking to improve your Photoshop skills.

=> Sharpen Tool

The photoshop Sharpen Tool allows you to create more crisp and focused images. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a potent tool for enhancing your photos. The Sharpen Tool allows you to increase the contrast of an image, making it appear sharper. We can also use it to remove unwanted blurriness from an image. While it takes practice to master, the Sharpen Tool is valuable for any Photoshop user.

=> Smudge Tool

The Smudge Tool can be handy for creating specific effects. The tool allows you to smudge or blur the edges of an image, giving it a softer, more dreamlike look. We can also use it to create light streaks or other effects. If you’re struggling to use the Smudge Tool, don’t worry – plenty of tutorials and guides are available online. You’ll be a pro in no time with a bit of practice.

Dodge Tool Set

The photoshop Dodge Tool is a set of Photoshop tools you need to know. These tools can help your photos look better by making the colors vibrant and the contrast more pronounced. If you’re new to Photoshop, these tools can be challenging, but they’re worth learning if you want to take your photos to the next level.

=> Dodge Tool

The Dodge Tool allows you to lighten or darken areas of an image, depending on your chosen settings. We can use the tool to improve an image’s contrast or make specific areas stand out. While it may take some practice to get the hang of the Dodge Tool, it’s a valuable tool for any Photoshop user to know.

=> Burn Tool

The photoshop Burn Tool allows you to create darkened areas of an image, making them appear burned or charred. Burn tools can significantly affect the creation of dramatic photos, but they can also be challenging to control. If you’re not careful, you can quickly end up with an image that looks unnatural or overdone. For this reason, it’s important to practice using the Burn Tool before attempting to use it on an actual project. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create stunning images that will wow your friends and family.

=> Sponge Tool

The Sponge Tool allows you to selectively lighten or darken areas of an image, giving you much control over the final result. However, it can be challenging to get the hang of using the tool, and it’s easy to make mistakes that can ruin your image. If you’re serious about learning Photoshop, the Sponge Tool is one of the tools you need to know.

The photoshop Text Tool Set is a collection of text-related tools in Adobe Photoshop. This set includes the Type tool used to create and edit text, the Character panel, which provides precise controls for character formatting, and the Paragraph panel, which offers similar rules for paragraph formatting. Those text tools are essential for anyone who wants to create professional-looking text in Photoshop. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to use them like a pro.

=> Horizontal Type Tool

The Horizontal Type Tool is one of the necessary Photoshop tools. It can quickly create wonky, unreadable text if you’re not careful. But when used correctly, it can be a powerful tool for creating beautiful text effects. To use the Horizontal Type Tool, first select it from the toolbox. Next, click on the text you want to type into the document. Finally, use the cursor to position the text where you want it.

=> Vertical Type Tool

The photoshop Vertical Type Tool is another potential tool to decorate the text. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a potent tool for creating beautiful text effects. To use the photoshop Vertical Type Tool, select the text you want to modify. Next, click on the tool icon in the toolbar and select the Vertical Type option.

The photoshop Pen Tool Set is one of the essential tools you need to know how to use. There are various options for the pen tool, but the two most important are the “path” and “anchor” options. The path option allows you to create a path we can use to create a line or shape. The anchor option lets you place an anchor point on the line or shape to move it around without affecting the rest of the path. 

=> Pen Tool

The Photoshop Pen Tool is one of the most difficult Photoshop tools to master. By practicing, you can improve your skills on it. However, once you know how to use it, it can be a potent tool for creating graphics and photo editing. The Pen Tool allows you to create precise lines and shapes in your image. We can use it to create straight lines, curved lines, or even custom shapes. If you’re looking to create professional-looking graphics or edit photos, the Pen Tool is a must-know. If you’re struggling to use the Pen Tool, check out this tutorial for some tips and tricks.

=> Freeform Pen Tool

The Freeform Pen Tool allows you to create an outline around the object with only one click. To do this, you need to have reasonable mouse control. With the Freeform Pen Tool, you can create shapes by click-dragging. Freeform Pen Tool allows you to outline your object more precisely and helps you keep a steady hand.

=> Curvature Pen Tool

The photoshop Curvature Pen Tool allows you to create curved lines and shapes that would otherwise be impossible to start with the standard Pen tool. While it may take some time to get the hang of, the results are well worth it. The Curvature Pen Tool is a must-have if you want to take your Photoshop skills to the next level.

=> Add Anchor Point Tool

The photoshop Add Anchor Point Tool allows you to add anchor points to a line or shape, which we can then use to manipulate the form of the layer. Add Anchor Point Tool can be handy for creating complex conditions, but it can also be very frustrating if you don’t know how to use it properly. 

=> Delete Anchor Point Tool

The photoshop Delete Anchor Point Tool allows you to delete anchor points from your line or shape, which can be extremely useful for editing photos. However, accidentally deleting essential parts of your path can be very easy. For this reason, knowing how to use the tool properly is necessary before attempting to use it.

=> Convert Point Tool

The Convert Point Tool can change an object’s shape by moving the anchor points that define its edges. Convert Point Tool can be a handy tool for creating custom shapes, but it can also be very frustrating if you don’t know how to use it properly. 

Shape Tools

The Shape Tools Set in Photoshop is a tool essential for creating complex graphics. The set includes the Rectangle Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Polygon Tool, Line Tool and the Custom Shape Tool. Each tool has a specific function, and we can use them to create various shapes. If you’re unfamiliar with the Shape Tools Set, learning how to use them before trying to create complex graphics is essential.

=> Rectangle Tool

The Rectangle Tool is one of the most basic and essential tools in Photoshop. It allows you to create various shapes, including squares and rectangles. To use the Rectangle Tool, click on the tool icon located in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Then, select the Rectangle Tool from the list of tools that appears. To create a rectangle, draw a guideline by clicking and dragging your mouse across the screen. Then, use the cursor to specify the width and height of your rectangle.

=> Rounded Rectangle Tool

The Rounded Rectangle Tool can be a powerful tool for creating various effects. This tool can create perfect circles, ellipses, and even 3D objects. The key to using this tool effectively is to understand the multiple options and settings that are available. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create unique images with the Rounded Rectangle Tool.

=> Ellipse Tool

We can use the Photoshop Ellipse Tool to create various effects, from simple round shapes to more complex designs. If you’re starting with Photoshop, you may want to avoid this tool until you understand the program better. However, if you’re up for a challenge, learning how to use the Photoshop Ellipse Tool can help you create some truly unique and stunning designs.

=> Polygon Tool

The photoshop Polygon Tool can be a potent tool for creating amazing graphics. It allows you to create detailed, precise drawings using only your mouse. Drag and drop the points you want to make your polygon, and Photoshop will automatically generate the rest. 

=> Line Tool

The Line Tool is one of the most basic and essential Photoshop tools. It allows you to draw straight lines, or lines with a curved edge, on your image. While it may seem simple, the Line Tool can be challenging to master. 

=> Custom Shape Tool

The Custom Shape Tool is one of the most effective and versatile tools in Photoshop. With it, you can create any shape you can imagine, from simple geometric shapes to complex patterns and designs. You can also use the Custom Shape Tool to draw straight lines by holding down the Shift key while clicking and dragging.

The photoshop Hand Tool Set is a set of tools that allow you to move and view photos more precisely. These tools are essential for getting the most out of your photos. The collection includes Hand Tool and Rotate View Tool. Each element has a specific purpose, and knowing how to use them can help make your work more flexible. If you’re serious about photography, then learning to use these tools is a must.

=> Hand Tool

The Photoshop Hand Tool is one of the most essential yet often overlooked tools in Photoshop. With this tool, you can move the canvas around without selecting an object or using the scroll bars. Hand Tool comes in handy when you’re zoomed in on a particular area and need to reposition the image. We can also use the Hand Tool to select objects by holding down the [Alt] key (Windows) or [Option] key (Mac) while clicking on the thing.

=> Rotate View Tool

The Rotate View Tool allows you to rotate your image around a specific point, which can be very useful for correcting perspective or creating stimulating effects. To use the Rotate View Tool, click on the image you want to rotate. Then, select the Rotate View Tool from the toolbar and click on the point you want to turn your picture around.

The Zoom Tool is one of the basic tools found in Photoshop. It allows you to increase or decrease the magnification of your image. By default, the zoom tool is set to 100%. To use the zoom tool, simply click and hold down the mouse button on the area of the image you wish to zoom in on. You can also click and drag to draw a box around the area you wish to zoom in on. To zoom out, hold down the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) and click on the image.

Final Words

Our core aim was to explain every single Photoshop tools and functions. Adobe Photoshop is an excellent option if you’re looking for powerful photo editing software. With its many useful tools and features, you can easily edit your photos to create stunning images. It can be challenging to learn how to use all of the features. Luckily, Adobe Photoshop has several helpful tutorials that teach you the basics.

If you want to create a professional-looking image, you’ll need to use some of the more advanced features of Adobe Photoshop. Starting, you can get by with the basic features. Adobe Photoshop has various filters and effects that you can use to enhance your photos. Be safe and learn more. 

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Photoshop tools are roughly categorised into seven different types arranged in the Options bar — which is a lot. But, if you break it down simply, there are only a few classes of tool: ones that help you measure, select and move around your work and ones that help you to modify the pixels on your canvas. 

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Photoshop has dozens of selection tools, from the Rectangular or Elliptical Marquee tool to the Lasso tool. There are also AI-powered fast selection tools like the Magic Wand tool or the Quick Selection tool. Once you’ve done your selecting, move and manipulate your selection with the Move tool. 

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There are only three navigation tools in this toolbar, but they’re all powerful. The Hand tool lets you pan and move around your canvas, the Rotate View tool allows you to rotate quickly and the Zoom tool brings you in for a closer look or allows you to back out for the big picture. 

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For more precise work, drawing and typing tools are ready for you. The Pen tool is a powerful ally for creating straight lines and the Type tool gives you access to thousands of fonts . 

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The Patch tool can fix small areas of your canvas with the power of AI. The Dodge tool can brighten areas of a photo as if you are painting on light with a brush. Try the Clone Stamp tool or the Spot Healing Brush tool to hide unwanted blemishes or objects. And for portraits, the Red Eye tool is there to help.

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Does your work need a haircut? The Crop tool and the Slice tool allow you to remove unneeded areas of an image or, in the case of the Crop tool, you can also add additional area to your canvas.

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Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS.

Adobe Photoshop MCQs : This section contains multiple-choice questions and answers on the various topics of Adobe Photoshop. Practice these MCQs to test and enhance your skills on Adobe Photoshop.

List of Adobe Photoshop MCQs

1. ____ editing software Photoshop uses raster-based images to edit photos.

  • Both A and B
  • None of the above

Answer: A) Photo

Explanation:

Photo editing software Photoshop uses raster-based images to edit photos.

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2. Several graphical and digital artworks can be ____ using Photoshop.

  • Manipulated
  • All of the above

Answer: D) All of the above

Several graphical and digital artworks can be created, edited, and manipulated using Photoshop.

3. Adobe Systems develops Photoshop, which is available for ____.

Answer: C) Both A and B

Adobe Systems develops Photoshop, which is available for Windows and Mac OS.

4. Photoshop files are usually saved as ___ files.

Answer: D) PSD

Photoshop files are usually saved as PSD files.

5. What does PSD stand for?

  • Photoshop Shopping document
  • Photoshop Document
  • Photoshop Digital
  • Photoshop Shopping Digital

Answer: B) Photoshop Document

PSD Stands for Photoshop Document.

6. Which of the following is/are the feature(s) of Photoshop?

  • Smart Objects

The following are the features of Photoshop -

7. Working with ____ allows you to create independent pieces of paper that can be edited independently and later added to.

Answer: A) Layers

Working with layers allows you to create independent pieces of paper that can be edited independently and later added to.

8. Layer Palettes in Photoshop have a variety of features to help you work with them, such as ____, and locking.

  • Opacity (transparency)
  • Layer Masks
  • Blending Modes

Layer Palettes in Photoshop have a variety of features to help you work with them, such as opacity (transparency), layer masks, blending modes, and locking.

9. Photoshop's workspace represents its ____.

  • User Interface

Answer: B) User Interface

Photoshop's workspace represents its user interface.

10. ____ is the name of the default Photoshop workspace.

  • Enumeration
  • Establishment

Answer: B) Essentials

Essentials is the name of the default Photoshop workspace.

11. Digital painting tasks can be carried out in the ____ workspace.

  • Photography

Answer: B) Painting

Digital painting tasks can be carried out in the Painting workspace.

12. What is the shortcut key used in order to perform a free transformation?

Answer: C) Ctrl + T

The shortcut key used in order to perform a free transformation is Ctrl + T.

13. In order to decrease the size of the brush, use -

Answer: A) [

In order to decrease the size of the brush, use ' [ '.

14. In order to increase the hardness of the brush, use -

Answer: B) }

In order to perform a free transformation, use ' } '.

15. In order to create a new layer via copy, use -

Answer: B) Ctrl + J

In order to create a new layer via copy, use Ctrl + J.

16. In order to create a new layer via cut, use -

  • Ctrl + Alt + J
  • Shift + Ctrl + J

Answer: B) Shift + Ctrl + J

In order to create a new layer via cut, use Shift + Ctrl + J.

17. In order to close all the documents that are open, use -

  • Ctrl + Shift + P
  • Ctrl + Alt + P
  • Alt + Ctrl + P
  • Shift + Alt + P

Answer: B) Ctrl + Alt + P

In order to close all the documents that are open, use Ctrl + Alt + P.

18. A Photoshop document can be searched using the ____ key combination.

Answer: B) Ctrl + F

A Photoshop document can be searched using the Ctrl + F key combination.

19. Shortcut key to start help -

Answer: A) F1

Shortcut key to start help is F1.

20. Shortcut key to cut a selection -

Answer: D) F2

Shortcut key to cut a selection is F2.

21. Shortcut key to copy a selection -

Answer: B) F3

Shortcut key to copy a selection is F3.

22. Shortcut key to paste a cut/copied content -

Answer: A) F4

Shortcut key to paste a cut/copied content is F4.

23. Shortcut key to show/hide layers panel -

Answer: C) F7

Shortcut key to show/hide layers panel is F7.

24. Shortcut key to activate an inverse selection -

Answer: C) Shift + F7

Shortcut key to activate an inverse selection is Shift + F7.

25. Shortcut key to activate the magic wand tool -

Answer: C) W

Shortcut key to activate the magic wand tool is W.

26. Shortcut key to activate the Path Selection tool -

Answer: A) A

Shortcut key to activate the Path Selection tool is A.

27. Shortcut key to activate the Artboard tool -

Answer: B) V

Shortcut key to activate the Artboard tool is V.

28. Shortcut key to select the next brush -

Answer: B) .

Shortcut key to select the next brush is ' . '.

29. Shortcut key to toggle between Standard and Quick Mask mode -

Answer: B) Q

Shortcut key to toggle between Standard and Quick Mask mode is Q.

30. Shortcut key to cancel completely -

Answer: C) Esc

Shortcut key to cancel completely is Esc.

31. Select and mask workspaces are opened by pressing ____.

  • Ctrl + Alt + R

Answer: C) Ctrl + Alt + R

Select and mask workspaces are opened by pressing Ctrl + Alt + R.

32. Shortcut key to reapply filters used previously -

  • Ctrl + Alt + F

Answer: D) Ctrl + Alt + F

Shortcut key to reapply filters used previously is Ctrl + Alt + F.

33. Shortcut key to change the cancel to reset -

Answer: B) Alt

Shortcut key to change the cancel to reset is Alt.

34. Shortcut key to activate crop tool -

Answer: B) C

Shortcut key to activate the crop tool is C.

35. Shortcut key to open the curve dialog box -

Answer: C) Ctrl + M

Shortcut key to open the curve dialog box is Ctrl + M.

36. Which of the following is/are the component(s) of the layer panel?

  • Adjustment layer
  • Smart Object

Thumbnail, Adjustment layer and Smart Object are the components of the layer panel.

37. Non-destructive editing relies on the ____.

  • Layer style

Answer: C) Layer mask

Non-destructive editing relies on the Layer mask.

38. Which of the masks can be created in Photoshop?

Layer and Vector masks can be created in Photoshop.

39. Non-destructive editing is provided by all of these masks, so we do not lose the original ____ data of the image when editing the mask.

Answer: B) Pixel

Non-destructive editing is provided by all of these masks, so we do not lose the original pixel data of the image when editing the mask.

40. Which of the following is/are the benefit(s) of using Smart objects?

  • The original image data or its content will not be lost when performing non-destructive transforms like scaling, rotating, skewing, or distorting.
  • By making a smart object out of a vector artwork from illustrator, Photoshop allows us to work with vector data.
  • The application of filters to smart objects is non-destructive, which means we can change them at any time.

The following are the benefits of using Smart objects -

41. Creating an object as a smart object will allow us to perform operations on it without affecting its ____.

  • Image quality
  • Video quality

Answer: B) Image quality

Creating an object as a smart object will allow us to perform operations on it without affecting its image quality.

42. The ____ effect will be applied to the modified content when the layer's content is edited or moved.

Answer: A) Same

The same effect will be applied to the modified content when the layer's content is edited or moved.

43. Which of the following layer style options is present in Photoshop?

Altitude, Blend Mode, Contour, etc. are the layer style options present in Photoshop.

44. Which of the following shape tools is supported by Photoshop?

Rectangle, Polygon, Line, Rounded Rectangle and Ellipse are all shape tools supported by Photoshop.

45. Create an object centered at the selected point by pressing which of the following keys?

Answer: C) Alt key

Create an object centered at the selected point by pressing Alt key.

46. Which tool on Photoshop helps remove the background from the image?

  • Magic Wand Tool
  • Magic Eraser Tool

Using a magic wand or magic eraser tool, one can easily remove the background from the image in Photoshop.

47. Which of the following blending mode(s) is/are available on Photoshop?

The following blending modes are available on Photoshop -

  • Behind, etc.

48. A ____ mode mixes the RGB values of an original color with the green, blue, and red channel values.

Answer: C) Hard Mix

A hard mix mode mixes the RGB values of an original color with the green, blue, and red channel values.

49. Using the ___ tool, you can draw complex shapes and paths.

Answer: D) Pen

Using the pen tool, you can draw complex shapes and paths.

50. Which of the following pen tool(s) is/are available on Photoshop?

  • Freeform Pen
  • Add Anchor Point Tool
  • Convert Point Tool

The following pen tools are available on Photoshop -

51. You can change the object color using -

  • Hue/Saturation
  • Adding a Color layer
  • Color replacement tool

We can change the object color using -

  • Layer Style

52. We can resize a layer using -

  • Freeform Pen tool
  • Resize tool
  • Free Transform tool

Answer: C) Free Transform tool

We can resize a layer using the Free Transform tool.

53. In comparison to vector graphics, raster graphics consist of ____; vector graphics consist of paths; they are ___ based graphics.

  • Pixels, Paths
  • Paths, Pixels
  • Pixels, Datasets
  • Datasets, Pixels

Answer: A) Pixels, Paths

In comparison to vector graphics, raster graphics consist of pixels; vector graphics consist of paths; they are pixel based graphics.

54. Illustrator uses ___ (Dots per inch) as its vector image unit; Photoshop uses ___ (Parts per inch).

Answer: A) DPI, PPI

Illustrator uses DPI (Dots per inch) as its vector image unit; Photoshop uses PPI (Parts per inch).

55. Photo editing software like Photoshop is used for next-level editing and other graphical tasks, whereas photo editing software like ____ is used for managing and editing photos.

  • Illustrator

Answer: B) Lightroom

Photo editing software like Photoshop is used for next-level editing and other graphical tasks, whereas photo editing software like Lightroom is used for managing and editing photos.

56. Which of the following is/are the advantage(s) of using Affinity Photo?

  • Powerful live previews are supported
  • Unlimited layers
  • User-friendly

The following are the advantages of using Affinity Photo -

57. How many layers do we need to create a clipping mask?

Answer: B) Two

Two layers are needed to create a clipping mask.

58. Layers or groups that contain ____ are clipped inside another layer or group.

  • Clipping Masks
  • Cluster Masks

Answer: B) Clipping Masks

Layers or groups that contain clipping masks are clipped inside another layer or group.

59. When editing a low-resolution image, ____ occurs when the edges of the objects are stepped.

  • Anti-aliasing

Answer: A) Aliasing

When editing a low-resolution image, aliasing occurs when the edges of the objects are stepped.

60. The feathering technique ____ the edges of the selection.

The feathering technique softens and blurs the edges of the selection.

61. Choose the layer that you would like to add the drop shadow for and click '__' at the bottom of the layers panel.

Answer: A) FX

Choose the layer that you would like to add the drop shadow for and click "FX" at the bottom of the layers panel.

62. How to add images in photoshop?

  • Drag the image
  • Use Open Feature

We can add images in photoshop either by dragging the image or using the open feature.

63. How to draw a line in photoshop?

  • Use Line Tool
  • Use Pen Tool
  • Use Brush Tool

To draw a line in photoshop -

64. How to do Multiple Steps Undo in Photoshop in Windows OS?

  • Ctrl + Shift + Z
  • Alt + Ctrl + Z

Answer: C) Alt + Ctrl + Z

Use Alt + Ctrl + Z to do multiple steps Undo in Photoshop in Windows OS.

65. Which of the following is/are the Photoshop filter(s)?

  • Dramatic Sepia
  • Highpass Sharpen
  • Old Photo Action

Dramatic Sepia, Highpass Sharpen, Old Photo Action, etc. are all the Photoshop Filters.

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Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool for image editing , offering an array of features to enhance and manipulate your photographs. One of the most essential tools for achieving perfect color balance and correcting various image issues is the Color Correction Layer. In this article, we’ll explore what a Color Correction Layer is, how to use it effectively, and answer some frequently asked questions to help you master this essential Photoshop tool.

What is a Color Correction Layer in Photoshop?

A Color Correction Layer, also known as an Adjustment Layer, is a non-destructive method in Photoshop used to alter the colors and tones of an image. It allows you to make changes without permanently altering the original image. Adjustment Layers are stacked on top of your image and come with various tools and features, each tailored to specific color correction needs.

How to Create a Color Correction Layer

Creating a Color Correction Layer in Photoshop is straightforward. Follow these steps:

  • Open your image: Start by opening the image you want to correct in Photoshop.
  • Go to the Layers Panel: The Layers panel can be found on the right side of your workspace.
  • Click on the “Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer” icon: It looks like a half-filled circle. Select the type of Color Correction Layer you want to use from the list, such as Levels, Curves, or Hue/Saturation.
  • Adjust the settings: Once you’ve created the layer, you can fine-tune your color corrections by adjusting the layer’s properties.

Different Types of Color Correction Layers

  • Levels: Levels Adjustment Layer allows you to adjust the tonal range of your image, enhancing its brightness, contrast, and overall tonality.
  • Curves: Curves offer precise control over the tonal values in your image. You can create custom curves to modify highlights, shadows, and midtones.
  • Hue/Saturation: Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer lets you change the colors and saturation in your image, making it useful for correcting color balance and intensity.
  • Color Balance: This adjustment layer is perfect for fine-tuning color balance in your photos by adjusting the shadows, midtones, and highlights.

Benefits of Using Color Correction Layers

Using Color Correction Layers in Photoshop offers several benefits:

  • Non-destructive editing: Your original image remains untouched, preserving its quality and allowing you to make adjustments at any time.
  • Precise control: Adjustment Layers provide fine-tuned control over color, tone, and contrast.
  • Reversible changes: You can easily revert your adjustments or make additional modifications.
  • Consistency: Apply the same corrections to multiple images, maintaining a consistent look.
  • Creativity: Experiment with various color correction techniques to enhance your photos’ visual impact.

Q1: Can I use multiple Color Correction Layers on a single image?

Yes, you can use multiple Color Correction Layers on a single image. This allows for intricate adjustments, and you can even blend different layers for unique effects.

Q2: How do I target specific areas of an image for color correction ?

To target specific areas, use layer masks. Create a mask for your Color Correction Layer, and then paint on the mask with black or white to reveal or hide the correction in specific areas.

Q3: Is there an order in which I should apply Color Correction Layers?

The order of applying Color Correction Layers matters. Start with global corrections like exposure adjustments (Levels, Curves) and then move on to more specific adjustments like color balance and saturation.

Q4: What is the difference between Vibrance and Saturation in Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers?

Vibrance adjusts the saturation of less saturated colors, leaving already saturated colors untouched. Saturation, on the other hand, uniformly increases or decreases the saturation of all colors in the image.

Q5: How can I reset a Color Correction Layer’s settings?

To reset a Color Correction Layer, select it in the Layers panel and click the “Reset” button in the properties panel to restore the default settings.

Color Correction Layers in Photoshop are invaluable for achieving the perfect color balance and enhancing the visual appeal of your images. With non-destructive editing, precise control, and an array of adjustment options, you have the tools to transform your photos into stunning works of art. Master the art of using Color Correction Layers, experiment with various adjustments, and watch your images come to life. Happy editing!

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