The Photoshop Tools Panel

When you start Photoshop, the Tools panel appears docked on the left side of the screen—by default, it is docked on the left side of the workspace. There are four main groups of tools separated by functionality on the Tools panel: selection, cropping, and measuring; retouching and painting; drawing and type; and navigation. At the bottom of the Tools panel, you find Set foreground color and Set background color, as well as Quick Mask.

 

A. Selection, cropping, and measuring tools.
B. Retouching and painting tools.
C. Drawing and type tools.
D. Navigation tools.
E. Foreground/Background and Quick Mask.

 

Selection, Cropping, and Measuring Tools

 

      Icon Tool Name                               Use

 

              Move (V)                         Moves selections or layers.

 

              Marquee (M)                 Makes rectangular, elliptical, single row, and single column selections.

 

              Lasso (L)                        Makes freehand, polygonal (straight-edged), and magnetic selections.

 

              Quick Selection (W)     Makes selections by painting.

 

              Crop (C)                         Crops an image.

 

              Eyedropper (I)              Samples pixels.

 

Retouching and Painting Tools

 

       Icon Tool Name                               Use

 

              Spot Healing (J)             Removes imperfections.

 

              Brush (B)                        Paints the foreground color.

 

              Clone Stamp (S)             Paints with a sample of the image.

 

              History Brush (Y)           Paints with the selected state or snapshot.

 

              Eraser (E)                        Erases pixels—or reverts to a saved history state.

 

              Gradient (G)                   Creates a gradient.

 

              Blur (no shortcut)         Blurs pixels.

 

              Dodge (O)                       Lightens pixels in an image.

 

You can create a floating Tools panel by clicking the dark gray title bar at the top of the Tools panel and then dragging it to a new location. You can dock it again by dragging it back to the left side of the workspace; release when you see the blue vertical bar appear.

 

Drawing and Type Tools

 

       Icon Tool Name                               Use

 

              Pen (P)                            Draws a vector path.

 

              Horizontal Type (T)       Creates a type layer.

 

              Path Selection (A)         Allows you to manipulate a path.

 

              Rectangle (U)                 Draws vector shapes.

 

Navigation Tools

 

        Icon Tool Name                                 Use

 

              Hand (H)                        Navigates the page.

 

              Zoom (Z)                        Increases and decreases the relative size of the view.

 

The Tools panel is in a space-saving, one-column format. Click the double-arrows in the gray title bar area above the Tools panel to bring the Tools panel into the two-column view. Click the double-arrows again to bring the Tools panel back to the default, single-column view. Keep the Tools panel set to whichever format works best for you.

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Can’t tell the tools apart? You can view tooltips that reveal a tool’s name and keyboard shortcut by positioning your cursor over the tool.
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A. Selection, cropping, and measuring tools.
B. Retouching and painting tools.
C. Drawing and type tools.
D. Navigation tools.
E. Foreground/Background and Quick Mask.

A. Brush Preset Picker. B. Painting Mode. C. Opacity. D. Flow. E. Airbrush. F. Pressure.

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A. Color Pane. B. Color Slider.

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