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Understanding the Tools in Photoshop

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Hey Everyone, Monica here with another fun tutorial for you! Today I’ll be talking about Understanding the Tools in Photoshop!

Introduction

There are lots of tools in photoshop. Each one does something different. Today I’ll help you understand them a little bit more!

Tools and Explanations

When you look at the tool palette you see a bunch of different tools.

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Tool Breakdown

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The first one on the palette is the Move Tool. The move tool helps you resize images and move them around on your canvas

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The next tool is the Marquee Tool. You can use this to to make selections on your image. If you hold the shift key down while you drag this tool across your canvas it keeps your proportions. If you hold down the Alt key while you drag this tool across your canvas it will set the center of the shape.

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If you right click on this tool you have different shapes!

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The next tool is the Lasso tool. You can use this tool to draw selections of whatever shape you want to use.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Lasso Tool.

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The next Tool is the Quick Selection Tool. This helps you quickly select any object so that you can adjust it or delete parts.

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If you right click on this tool you will see Magic Wand. The magic wand tool will help you select a color range, or transparency or block of color depending on where you click. You can change the tolerance of the selections up to be more or less precise.

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The next tool is the Crop tool. This tool will help you crop the entire canvas you are working on.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Crop Tool.

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The next tool is the Eyedropper Tool. This one helps you pick colors for your color palette.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Eyedropper Tool.

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The next tool is the Healing Brush Tool. This is a more advanced tool used for repaing scratches and specks on images. You can change the size of it too.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Healing Brush Tool.

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This next tool is the Brush Tool. This tool helps you pain on your image, it will paint what ever color you have selected in the color palette. At the top of photoshop you can change the brushes. There are MANY options for brushes and you can even download more!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Brush Tool.

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Your Next tool is the Clone Stamp Tool. This tool makes a direct copy of the information that is selected. To select a point to copy you hold down alt and click on the area you want to copy or clone. It’s fun and helps you fix problem area’s on your photos!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Clone Stamp.

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The next tool is the History Brush Tool. This tool works like the brush tool but it paints information from the original state of the image you are working with.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the History Brush Tool.

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The next tool is the Eraser tool. It does exactly what it’s name says, it erases areas that you don’t want to see!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Eraser Tool!

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The next tool is the Paint Bucket Tool. This lets you fill the canvas with a color. You can also look up top and choose different fill options.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Paint Bucket Tool.

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The next tool is the Blur Tool. The Blur Tool helps you make things more blurry by clicking and dragging across them! The more you click and drag the more blurry things get!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Blur Tool!

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The next tool is the Dodge Tool. The dodge tool is a way to lighten whatever area you are using it on. It will not lighten black but it will lighten most colors!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Dodge Tool.

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The next tool is the Pen Tool. This tool is used for creating paths.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Pen Tool.

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The Next Tool is the Text Tool. Also known as the Horizontal Type tool. This tool lets you add text to any project you are creating!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Text Tool.

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The next tool is the Path Selection Tool. This tool allows you to select points on any vector image.

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Path Selection Tool.

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The next tool is the Custom Shape tool. You can use this tool to make different shapes on your canvas!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Custom Shape Tool.

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This tool is the Hand Tool. This tool is used for moving your entire image within a window!

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These are the options you will find by right clicking on the Hand Tool.

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This is the Zoom Tool. This tool does exactly what you think it will do. It zooms in and out!

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This is the Color Palette. You can choose different colors here.

Final Thoughts

I hope that has helped you learn a little bit more about the tools in photoshop. I have Photoshop CS 6 and have my options set a bit differently than you might. But I hope you have learned a few more things!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions please message me on Gotta Pixel, I’m sparky_mom there! I’ll be glad to help!

 

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