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To really understand Photoshop and the many uses you have to
learn and understand how to use the tools. Learning to use Photoshop is very
simple, but leaning how to master some of the Photoshop tools can be very
tricky. We will try to provide you with some in-depth knowledge and tips on how
to use some of the tools that are available in Photoshop.
Clone Stamp tool
The Clone Stamp tool is used in Photoshop for retouching images.
This tool has a large number of options, and these include the
alignment option, opacity, and paint settings.
The primary purpose of the crop tool is to crop your images, but it
has many more uses than this. It can be found on the control panel,
or you can press the "C" button on your keyboard in order to
Elliptical Marquee tool
The Elliptical Marquee tool is similar to the Rectangular marquee
tool, with the exception that it is best used for designing round
shapes or making circular selections. If you are using default
Photoshop settings, it can be found on the right side of the screen
under the control panel.
As the name implies, the Eraser tool allows you to erase any part of
a document you want. Of all the tools available in Photoshop, the
eraser is the most insightful. It can be found on your control
panel, and is located to the left of the pencil tool.
The Eyedropper tool allows you to alter the prominent color so that
it has a shade which is identical to the color already present on
the canvas. This is an excellent tool to use for situations where
you want to match up colors which are hard to find.
The gradient tool can fill your canvas or an area you have selected
with a gradual color. It does this by starting with a single color
and makes gradual changes into another color. It can be found near
the bottom of your control panel below the text tool.
In Photoshop, the Lasso tool allows you to draw selection borders
which are freehand. This is a great tool to use for those who want
to make selections which are exact. To make a selection with the
Lasso tool, select it from the control panel on the right side of
Magic Eraser tool
Despite the name, the Magic Eraser tool has more in common with the
magic wand than the Eraser. The purpose of the magic eraser tool is
to erase pixels, leaving a transparent space. There are a number of
options available for this tool, but Tolerance and Opacity are the
Magnetic Lasso tool
The Magnetic Lasso tool makes a selection border which will
naturally snap to edges you make on an image. It is perfect for
images which have very distinct edges, such as flowers. For a
flower, the Magnetic Lasso tool is better to use than the eraser
tool because of the different colors which may appear in the
Magic Selection Brush tool
The Magic Selection Brush tool will instantly make selections which
are based on color and texture. To make a selection with this tool,
you will first want to select the tool from the control panel.
Magic Wand tool
The Magic Wand tool is used to select pixels which are similar in
color. In this tutorial, we will use this tool for adjusting images.
The first thing you should do is start up Photoshop. Once this
program is running, open up an image which has a background with
Polygonal Lasso Tool
The Polygonal Lasso tool is used for making selections which are
based on polygons. When you click on your image, you will create
what is called an anchor point. By creating more anchors, you will
generate a contour shape.
Rectangular Marquee tool
The Rectangular Marquee tool will allow you to draw selection
borders which are shaped like squares. When the default settings are
used in Photoshop, it can be found on the right hand side of the
page in the control panel.
Red Eye Removal tool
The red eye removal tool is one of the easiest tools to learn in
Photoshop. It does a great job of removing red eyes from your
images, but you may find that it doesn't always work as planned.
However, you can fix this with a few basic techniques.
Selection Brush tool
The purpose of the selection brush tool is to instantly select an
area you paint. How the selections are made will depend on whether
you are using the Mask or Selection mode. A tool which has commonly
been used in Photoshop is called the Quick Mask. However, the Quick
Mask is not available in Photoshop Elements. Because of this, the
Selection Brush tool is used as an alternative
Spot Healing Brush tool
The Spot Healing Brush tool has a number of important uses, and is
not simply limited to deleting blemishes from photos. It is featured
in Photoshop CS2, and can be used in situations where you have large
blemishes in your photos which are difficult to remove.
Paint Bucket tool
The Paint Bucket tool is a very important feature of Photoshop, and
allows you to paint the entire canvas in any color you want. This
tool can be found on the control panel, and looks like a paint
bucket which is about to fall over.
Pattern Stamp tool
The Pattern Stamp tool allows you to select a portion of an image
and use that selection to paint. To work with this tool, you will
first want to open up an existing image.
The Pencil tool gives you the ability to add paint to a document
while using a hard edge. To access this tool from your keyboard, you
will want to press N if you are using Photoshop 5 and B if you are
using Photoshop 6. In Photoshop 6, the pencil and paint brush tool
are combined, and you can switch between them by pressing Shift+B.
It you watch the brush of the pencil tool when it is activated, you
can see that it has a hard edge.