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Use this tool to, well, move things. Usually you use it to move a Layer around after it has been placed.Hold the [Shift] k...
Brush Tool (B)This is one of the first tools ever. It’s what Photoshop is based off of. Well, not really, but it’s prettyb...
Dodge Tool (O)This tool isn’t as crappy as the car brand. It’s actually used to lighten whatever area you use it on. Aslon...
This tool works by changing your foreground color to whatever color you click on. Holding the [Alt]key will change your ba...
September 11, 2008 1:49 pmBeverly5.Thanks for the newbie info – and your humor is appreciated!September 20, 2008 4:32 amJa...
Thank you.Am a beginner i have found your basics very helpful and uncomplicated.Thank u somuchJanuary 15, 2009 3:56 pmfaiz...
April 24, 2009 11:59 amAngela27.Thank you, I needed a starting point!!May 1, 2009 3:40 pmLynn28.thanks for the debriefing!...
October 1, 2009 10:49 pmliji37.thanks….i started studying photoshop yesterday. But was worried about notes as my tutor din...
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  1. 1. Home•Tutorials•Reviews•Blog•News•Tips•Feed•SearchContact Us Advertise With Us Submit Tutorial IdeasPhotoshop Tool BasicsThis is a quick summary of Photoshop’s Tools palette with a description of each tool’s functions andshortcuts. Great for those brand new to Photoshop.I decided to start at the beginning. The very beginning. For those people who just “picked up” a copyof Photoshop and have no idea what to do with it. The is in ( ).Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)Use this tool to make selections on your image, in a rectangular shape. This changes the area of yourimage that is affected by other tools or to be within the defined shape. Holding the [Shift] keywhile dragging your selection, restricts the shape to a perfect square. Holding the [Alt] key whiledragging sets the center of the rectangle to where your started.Move Tool (V)keyboard shortcutactionscursorPage 1 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  2. 2. Use this tool to, well, move things. Usually you use it to move a Layer around after it has been placed.Hold the [Shift] key to limit the movements to vertical/horizontal.Polygon Lasso Tool (L)Ok, this should be the Lasso Tool, but I use the Polygon Lasso a lot more often. Use this to drawselections in whatever shape you would like. To close the selection, either click on the beginningpoint (you’ll see the cursor change when you’re on it), or just double-click. When holding the [Ctrl]key, you’ll see the cursor change, and the next time you click, it will close your selection.Magic Wand Tool (W)Use this to select a color range. It will select the block of color, or transparency, based on whereveryou click. In the Options Bar at the top, you can change the Tolerance to make your selectionsmore/less precise.Crop Tool (C)The Crop Tool works similarly to the Rectangular Marquee tool (see above if you have no short-termmemory). The difference is when you press the [Enter/Return] key, it crops your image to the size ofthe box. Any information that was on the outside of the box is now gone. Not permanently, you canstill undo.Slice Tool (K)This is used mostly for building websites, or splitting up one image into smaller ones when savingout. It’s kind of an advanced tool, and since you’re in here for the basics, we’ll kind of skip over it.Kinda makes you mad I made you read all that for nothing, huh?Healing Brush Tool (J)This is a really useful tool. Mildly advanced. You can use this tool to repair scratches and specs andstuff like that on images. It works like the Brush tool (see below). You choose your cursor size, thenholding the [Alt] key, you select a nice/clean area of your image. Let go of the [Alt] key and paintover the bad area. It basically copies the info from the first area to the second, in the form of theBrush tool. Only, at the end, it averages the information, so it blends.Page 2 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  3. 3. Brush Tool (B)This is one of the first tools ever. It’s what Photoshop is based off of. Well, not really, but it’s prettybasic. It paints one your image, in whatever color you have selected, and whatever size you haveselected. There’s a lot of options for it, but this is basic, so you don’t get to learn them. Ha.Clone Stamp Tool (S)This is very similar to the Healing Brush Tool (see above). You use it the exact same way, except thistool doesn’t blend at the end. It’s a direct copy of the information from the first selected area to thesecond. When you learn to use both of these tools together in perfect harmony, you will be aPhotoshop MASTA! Not really, it’s just less irritating.History Brush Tool (H)This tool works just like the Brush Tool (see above) except the information that it paints with is fromthe original state of your image. If you go Window>History, you can see the History Palette. TheHistory Brush tool paints with the information from whatever History state is selected.Eraser Tool (E)This is the anti-Brush tool. It works like an eraser (duh) and erases whatever information whereveryou click and drag it. If you’re on a Layer, it will erase the information transparent. If you are on thebackground layer, it erases with whatever secondary color you have selected.Gradient Tool (G)You can use this to make a gradiation of colors. Gradiation doesn’t appear to be a word, but it makessense anyway. It creates a blending of your foreground color and background color when you clickand drag it. Like a gradient.Blur Tool (R)The Blur tool is cool. It makes things blurry. Click and drag to make things blurry. The more youclick and drag, the blurrier things get.Page 3 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  4. 4. Dodge Tool (O)This tool isn’t as crappy as the car brand. It’s actually used to lighten whatever area you use it on. Aslong as it is not absolute black. Absolute black won’t lighten.Path Selection Tool (A)You use this tool when working with paths. Since this is all about the basics, I won’t go into details.It’s related to the Pen Tool (see below) though.Horizontal Type Tool (T)It makes type. Or text. Or whatever you want to call it. You can click a single point, and start typingright away. Or you can click and drag to make a bounding box of where your text/type goes. There’s alot of options for the Type Tool. Just play around, it’s fairly straight-forward.Pen Tool (P)I mentioned this tool above. It’s for creating paths, in which you would use the Path Selection Tool toselect the path. Paths can be used in a few different ways, mostly to create clipping paths, or to createselections. You use the tool by clicking to add a point. If you click and drag, it will change the shapeof your path, allowing you to bend and shape the path for accurate selections and such.Rectangle Tool (U)By default it draws a Shape Layer in the form of a rectangle. It fills the rectangle with whateverforeground color you have selected. It’s pretty complicated, don’t hurt yourself with this one.Notes Tool (N)Like post-it notes, but digital. You can use this tool to add small little note boxes to your image. Theseare useful if you’re very forgetful or if you’re sharing your Photoshop file with someone else. I’mpretty sure it only works with .PSD files.Eyedropper Tool (I)Page 4 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  5. 5. This tool works by changing your foreground color to whatever color you click on. Holding the [Alt]key will change your background color.Hand Tool (T)You can really make short work of your with the Hand Tool. It’s for moving your entire imagewithin a window. So if you’re zoomed in and your image area is larger than the window, you can usethe Hand Tool to navigate around your image. Just click and drag. You can get to this tool at any timewhen using any other tool by pressing and holding the [Spacebar].Zoom Tool (Z)Pretty obvious what this tool does. It allows you to zoom into your image. Don’t be dumb, it doesn’tactually change the size of your image. Hold the [Alt] key to zoom out. Holding the [Shift] key willzoom all of the you have open at the same time. Double-click on the Zoom Tool in thepalette to go back to 100% view.BONUS!!These are your color boxes. Foreground (in the front) and Background (in the back). Click on eitherone to bring up the color select dialog box.42 Comments »May 15, 2008 2:58 pmKaren1.Thank you for helping me get started with Photoshop. Didn’t know anything about it — noteven how to enter text — but wanted to create some business cards by tomorrow.KarenMay 26, 2008 11:07 amLeslie2.I have looked all over the web’s 1/2 acres for someone to simply tell me how to get the zoomtool back to 100% and here it was! Clicking on it IN THE TOOL BOX! Thanks!June 11, 2008 7:51 amfreez3.nice …i’ve been working with photoshop for 2 years but still doesn’t know how to use pen andpath selection toolSeptember 9, 2008 6:32 pmHow To Master Photoshop In Just One Week4.[...] Photoshop Tool Basics . . . [...]jobwindowsPage 5 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  6. 6. September 11, 2008 1:49 pmBeverly5.Thanks for the newbie info – and your humor is appreciated!September 20, 2008 4:32 amJames Oliver6.Sometimes, when I save my work, I lose the shape of my tools. The brush or the eraser arereduced to a cross indicating the centre of the tool. The cicle showing the size is gone. Turningcomputer off and starting again is my only way to restore the tools. Any suggestion ?November 10, 2008 7:15 am5 recommendations for designers who want to jump from Photo-Paint to Photoshop7.[...] Photoshop Tool Basics: photoshoplab.com [...]November 10, 2008 3:16 pmRichard Plutt8.What happended to the “bucket tool “like was found in 5.0? It would fill in an entire color , in adefined area, withj one click of the mouse.November 21, 2008 1:18 pmHopy9.thank u . you are really help me to know basics about photoshop tool i aready learn photoshopin center but the inestractor depends on we r aready know basicsNovember 25, 2008 4:35 amharuhi10.thanks for sharing your knowlegde.November 30, 2008 8:34 amLucarelli11.Great work man, I’ve had problems introducing my students to the basic tools, but after givingthem this URL.. Voila, worked like a charm and saved me the trouble of seeing the bedazzledlooks and pointless questions.December 18, 2008 3:10 pmTommy Maloney12.James, instead of restarting, try deleting your preferences file. It’s in different locationsdepending on what machine and Photoshop version. A Google search should help you.December 21, 2008 11:55 pmShrilyn13.Thanks for this guide on the tools.I don’t really know how to start and this helps me a lotphotoshopDecember 27, 2008 6:11 amPS « Truuke Tikker14.[...] | File Types and Extensions |Interface |Selection | Selection | Smart objects en smart filters |Tools bas | Toolbox [...]January 8, 2009 2:34 amNyiko15.Page 6 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  7. 7. Thank you.Am a beginner i have found your basics very helpful and uncomplicated.Thank u somuchJanuary 15, 2009 3:56 pmfaizan16.where is color option in adobe photoshop 7.0January 20, 2009 12:26 amAnand17.Thanks for your help me to teach the basic toolsJanuary 20, 2009 4:14 pmFelicia18.Thank you for the explanation of the tools. I’ve been searching for something like this forweeks.February 7, 2009 8:02 amDanielle19.Thank you very much for this info! I badly need this for my research paper and I still need todraw these. I only got less than 45 hours to finish it and explain them in my own words so I’mreally glad I’ve got some help now. Thanks again. üFebruary 7, 2009 11:15 pmAmit20.Thank you. I was really looking for some basic tutorial on photoshop. It this reallly does help!!!February 12, 2009 11:07 pmfreezzz21.thanks a lot for the basicsFebruary 19, 2009 12:08 amMarie22.Thank you so very much. I am taking a beginning photoshop Elements 7 class; however, unlikethe other students, I have no working knowledge of the tools or how they are used. Your lessonhas been most helpful.February 24, 2009 10:04 amVinay23.Thank you for helping me get started with Photoshop.February 25, 2009 12:33 pmVENUGOPAL24.This is a nice and helpful service especially for a beginner like me. Many many thanks.March 3, 2009 11:06 amAli25.Thankz soooo much for introducing the basic tools. I’m a super-beginner at photoshop so thiswas very helpful!!March 6, 2009 8:10 pmAli26.Good Tutorial… Thanks againPage 7 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  8. 8. April 24, 2009 11:59 amAngela27.Thank you, I needed a starting point!!May 1, 2009 3:40 pmLynn28.thanks for the debriefing! PS isn’t something I just “picked-up” but something I need and havebeen working up to do you know that most TUTS are like 2 pages on each tool! I don’t have thetime!May 11, 2009 2:30 amTina29.Thanks!…i really appreciate this coz i always find a hard time looking for the right books andhandouts that will not make my mind “boggle” and there is a case that I want to enroll in aninstutition where they can teach this stuff.May 20, 2009 6:04 am10 Tutorial Sites to Get You Started in Photoshop - The 2.0 Life30.[...] on the "Beginner" category brings up a number of great articles, most notably the"Photoshop Tool Basics," a list of the names, shortcuts, and uses for most of the tools you’ll usein [...]May 26, 2009 10:32 pm» Best Guide to Photoshop for Beginners - Ultimate Basic PhotoshopTutorials | SnapHow31.[...] Read : http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html [...]July 9, 2009 10:15 ampligg.com32.Photoshop Tool Basics …This is a quick summary of Photoshop’s Tools palette with a description of each tool’sfunctions and shortcuts. Great for those brand new to Photoshop.I decided to start at the beginning. The very beginning. For those people who just “picked up” acop…July 10, 2009 3:31 pm1st Photoshop Class 7/10/09 « digitalfondue.org33.[...] photoshoplab.com – basic tools [...]July 15, 2009 5:26 pmHow To Master Photoshop In Just One Week | Web Design Tuts34.[...] Photoshop Tool Basics [...]July 29, 2009 1:23 pmjubi35.this is great! love to read it, it is because it is very specific and it is very easy to understandsince i am the who really don’t know how start such things.. thanks for the instructions andgiving the meaning of all the tools for photoshop. really great! have a great day…September 28, 2009 4:25 amNitin36.this basic knowledge was really helpful for me.thank you very much.Page 8 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  9. 9. October 1, 2009 10:49 pmliji37.thanks….i started studying photoshop yesterday. But was worried about notes as my tutor dintgive notes…the instructions here helped me to prepare notes…thanks once againOctober 4, 2009 2:15 amTom Tailor38.it was a great chapter i came over as i was unknown of the basic of photoshop really, i enjoyedit a lot ,and increased my knowledgethanks a lot…………………..October 5, 2009 10:11 amk@mi39.Thank you for helping me get started with Photoshop. Didn’t know anything about it.October 5, 2009 10:11 pmLearning Module #1 « Document Creation40.[...] (http://www.photoshoplab.com/Photoshop-Tool-Basics.html) [...]October 5, 2009 10:14 pmLearning Module #2 « Document Creation41.[...] (http://www.photoshoplab.com/Photoshop-Tool-Basics.html) [...]October 5, 2009 10:17 pmLearning Module #3 « Document Creation42.[...] (http://www.photoshoplab.com/Photoshop-Tool-Basics.html) [...]January 21, 2010 6:30 amcecil43.thank YoUJanuary 25, 2010 3:32 amlyka olivar44.how do i copy the image?Leave A Comment TrackBack URLName (Required) Email (private)WebsiteYour CommentSubmit CommentPost Details•Posted at March 21st, 2005 11:44am•Posted by Tommy Maloney•Filed under Tools•Page 9 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
  10. 10. 42 Comments have been made•Random•Popular•Make Your Amateur Photos More Professional | Photography•Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools•Ripped and Torn Edges and Stuff | Effects•Peeling Sticker Effect | Effects•Change Your Car Color | Effects•Yours HereFavorites••© 2004 – 2008 Photoshop Lab. Some rights reserved. A 5 Inline Production.Valid XHTML + CSS. A Syndicated Feed. Driven by WordPress inside some Media Temple servers.If somethings broken, blame them.Page 10 of 11Photoshop Tool Basics | Tools | Photoshop Lab10/25/2010http://www.photoshoplab.com/photoshop-tool-basics.html
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