Introduction Of Photoshop Toolbox

Here is a short description of the Photoshop toolbox to start with design.

Photoshop Toolbox is divided into several parts.

  • Move and selection tools
  • Crop and slice tools
  • Measurement tools
  • Retouching and Painting tools
  • Drawing and Type tools
  • Navigation tools

Toolbar’s Hidden tools

Every tool has a hidden tool, there are many more tools available than what we see in the above image.

Expand your tool by right-clicking on the bottom of the tool like see the below image.



Move and selection tools

Move Tool ( V ): Move Tool is used to moving layers, selections within a Photoshop document.

Artboard Tool ( V ): Artboard Tool allows you to easily design multiple web or UX (user experience) layouts for different devices or screen sizes.

Rectangular Marquee Tool  ( M ): Select an area of your image in a rectangular shape. Select an area with Shift Key for perfect square selection.

Elliptical Marquee Tool ( M ): Select an area of your image in an elliptical shape with a shift key for perfect circle selection.

Single Row Marquee Tool: Single Row Marquee Tool in Photoshop selects a single row of pixels in the image.

Single Column Marquee Tool: Use the Single Column Marquee Tool to select a single column of pixels from top to bottom.

Lasso Tool ( L ): Select an area of your image in the free-form shape by holding a single click.

Polygonal Lasso tool (L): Click around your object which you need to select.

Magnetic Lasso Tool ( L ): Select part of your image by moving your mouse cursor around your object which you want to select.

Quick Selection Tool ( W ): Makes a selection based on color and texture similarity when you click or click-drag the area which you want to select.

Magic Wand Tool ( W ): Select the area with similar color on a single click.


Crop and slice tools

Crop Tool ( C ): Crop the image parts according to your selection.

Perspective Crop Tool ( C ): Transform the perspective of the image when you cropping your image.

Slice Tool ( C ): Slice Tool divides an image or layout into smaller sections.

Slice Select Tool ( C ):  Slice Select Tool is used to select individual slices created by the Slice Tool.


Measurement tools

Eye Dropper Tool ( I ): Copies or samples the color of an area in your image to set a new foreground or background color.

3D Material Eyedropper Tool ( I ): 3D Material Eyedropper Tool is used to sample material from a 3D model in Photoshop.

Color Sampler Tool ( I ): Color Sampler Tool displays color values for the selected area from an image. View the color information in Photoshop’s Info panel.

Ruler Tool ( I ): Ruler Tool measures distances, locations and angles.

Note Tool ( I ): Note Tool allows you to attach text-based notes to your .PSD file.

Count Tool ( I ): Count Tool used to manually count the number of objects in an image.


Retouching and Painting tools

Spot Healing Brush Tool ( J ): Spot Healing Brush quickly removes blemishes and other minor problem areas in an image.

Healing Brush Tool ( J ): Healing Brush Tool paints with a sample or pattern to repair imperfections in an image.

Patch Tool ( J ): Patch Tool repairs imperfections in a selected area of an image using a sample or pattern.

Content-Aware Move Tool ( J ): Content-Aware Move Tool is used to select and move part of an image to a different area.

Red Eye Tool ( J ): Red Eye Tool is used to removes the red reflection caused by a flash.

Brush Tool ( B ): Brush Tool is used to creating soft or hard strokes of color. You can use it to simulate airbrush techniques.

Pencil Tool ( B ): Pencil Tool is always used to paint hard edges.

Color Replacement Tool ( B ): Color Replacement Tool is used to easily replace the color of an object with a different color.

Mixer Brush Tool ( B ): Mixer Brush Tool is used to simulates realistic painting techniques such as blending canvas colors and varying paint wetness.

Clone Stamp Tool ( S ): Clone stamp tool is samples pixels from one area of the image and paints them over pixels in another area in one photoshop document.

Pattern Stamp Tool ( S ): Pattern Stamp Tool is used to paint a pattern over the image.

History Brush Tool ( Y ): with History Brush Tool you can paint with an image snapshot in a different layer. This lets you bring in details from a previous point in your work. It’s like an Undo feature.

Art History Brush Tool ( Y ): Art History Brush also paints a snapshot from an earlier historical state into the image, but does so using stylized brush strokes.

Eraser Tool ( E ): Eraser Tool Erases permanently the pixels in the image as you drag through them.

Background Eraser Tool ( E ): Turns color pixels to transparent pixels so that you can easily remove an object from its background.

Magic Eraser Tool ( E ): Magic Eraser Tool is similar to the Magic Wand Tool in that it selects areas of similar color with a single click and permanently deletes the selected area of the image.

Gradient Tool ( G ): Gradient Tool is used to creating and customizing your own gradients.

Paint Bucket Tool ( G ): Paint Bucket Tool fills an area of the image with similar color to your Foreground color or a pattern.

3D Material Drop Tool ( G ): 3D Material Drop Tool used to sample material from one area and then drop it into another area of your model, mesh, or 3D layer. Used in 3D modeling.

Blur Tool: Blur Tool is used to blurs and softens areas you paint over with the tool.

Sharpen Tool: Sharpen tool is used to sharpens soft edges in an image.

Smudge Tool: Smudge tool is used to smudges data in an image.

Dodge Tool ( O ): Dodge tool is used to lightens areas in an image.

Burn Tool ( O ): Burn Tool is used to darkening areas in an image.

Sponge Tool ( O ): Sponge Tool is used to changes the color of saturation in the area of an image.


Drawing and Type tools

Pen Tool ( P ): Pen Tool allows you to draw extremely precise paths, vector shapes or selections.

Freeform Pen Tool ( P ): Freeform Pen Tool allows you to draw freehand paths or shapes. Anchor points are automatically added to the path as you draw.

Add Anchor Point Tool: Add Anchor Point Tool is used to add additional anchor points along a path.

Delete Anchor Point Tool: Click on an existing anchor point along a path with the Delete Anchor Point Tool to remove the point.

Convert Point Tool: On a path, click on a smooth anchor point with the Convert Point Tool to convert it to a corner point. Click a corner point to convert it to a smooth point.

Horizontal Type Tool ( T ): Horizontal Type Tool is used to type in a horizontal format.

Vertical Type Tool ( T ): Vertical Type Tool is used to type in a vertical format.

Vertical Type Mask Tool ( T ):  Rather than adding editable text to your document, the Vertical Type Mask Tool creates a selection outline in the shape of a vertical type.

Horizontal Type Mask Tool ( T ): Horizontal Type Mask Tool creates a selection outline in the shape of type. However, the type is added horizontally rather than vertically.

Path Selection Tool ( A ): Path selection Tool is used to select and move the selected path at once.

Direct Selection Tool ( A ):  Direct Selection Tool is used to selecting and moving an individual path segment, anchor point or direction handle.

Rectangle Tool ( U ): Rectangle Tool is used to drawing a rectangle shape and press and hold the shift key for a perfect square shape.

Rounded Rectangle Tool ( U ): Rounded Rectangle Tool is similar to the rectangle Tool but it draws shape with rounded corners.

Ellipse Tool ( U ): Ellipse Tool is used to drawing an elliptical shape and press and hold the shift key for a perfect circle shape.

Polygon Tool ( U ): Polygon Tool is used to drawing polygonal, Tringle and straight-edged vector shapes. Use the Side option in the Options Bar to set the number of sides.

Line Tool ( U ): Line Tool is used to drawing a straight line.

Custom Shape Tool ( U ): Custom Shape Tool is used to draw custom shapes. Select photoshop inbuild custom shapes or create your own custom shapes.


Navigation tools

Hand Tool ( H ): Hand Tool is used to clicking and drag an image around on the screen to view different areas when zoomed in.

Rotate View Tool ( H ): Rotate View Tool is used to rotate the canvas so you can view and edit the image from different angles.

Zoom Tool ( Z ): Zoom Tool is used to zooming in on a specific area.


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