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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adobe Photoshop interface basics

The Tool Palette

Think of the 'Tool Palette' as a box in which you keep a collection creative tools. It contains all of the necessary utensils you will need for any image restoration or manipulation project.

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that there are only 22 or so at your disposal. However many other excellent tools are hidden beneath others.

Photoshop tools rollout
Wherever you encounter a small black arrow to the bottom right of a tool, there will be others beneath it. To reveal hidden tools, simply 'right click' (PC Only) or click and hold down your primary mouse button over a marked icon. Other items will now appear within an expanded menu. Left-click on the desired item to select it.

Please note: You will find that all tools will have a letter of the alphabet beside it's title. This signifies the quick-key reference for that tool. In many cases a group of tools may share the same allocated letter of the alphabet. Hold down the shift-key and press and repeat the associated character to scroll through each tool within that group.

The following interactive illustration is a complete break-down of all items within the Tool Palette (Adobe Photoshop Ver.7). To reveal the name of any tool, allow your cursor to rest over it. Click on each icon for a brief description.

The Adobe Photoshop Tool palette Jump to Image Ready Change Screen Mode Toggle Quick Mask Mode Color Chip Zoom Tool Hand Tool Add Audio Annotation Add Notes Eye Dropper Tool Color Sampler Tool Measuring Tool Custom Vector Shape Tool Vector Line Tool Polygonal Vector Tool Elliptical Vector Tool Rounded Square Vector Tool Rectangle Vector Tool Pen Vector Tool Freeform Pen Vector Tool Add Vector Anchor Point Delete Vector Anchor Point Convert Vector Anchor Point Directly Select Vector Anchor Point Path Select Vector Tool Horizontal Type Tool Vertical Type Tool Horizontal Type Mask Tool Vertical Type Mask Tool Sponge Tool Burn Tool Dodge Tool Blur Tool Sharpen Tool Smudge Tool Magic Eraser Tool Background Eraser Tool Eraser Tool Gradient Tool Paint Bucket Art History Tool History Brush Tool Clone Stamp Tool Pattern Stamp Tool Patch Tool Healing Brush Brush Tool Pencil Slice Select Tool Slice Tool Crop Image Magnetic Lasso Tool Polygonal Lasso Tool Lasso Tool Magic Wand Tool Move Tool Rectangular Marquee Tool Elliptical Marquee Tool Single Row Marquee Tool Single Column Marquee Tool

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