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Tools Panel Introduction
When you start Photoshop, the Tools panel appears at the left of the screen. Some tools in
the Tools panel have options that appear in the context-sensitive options bar. You can expand
some tools to show hidden tools beneath them. A small triangle at the lower right of the tool icon
signals the presence of hidden tools.
Tools Panel Overview
Selection Tools Gallery
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The marquee tools The Move tool The lasso tools The Quick Selection
make rectangular, moves selections, make freehand, tool lets you
elliptical, single row, layers, and guides. polygonal (straight- quickly “paint” a
and single column edged), and selection using an
selections. magnetic (snap-to) adjustable round
selections. brush tip
The Magic Wand
tool selects similarly
Crop and slice tools gallery
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The Crop tool trims images. The Slice tool creates slices. The Slice Select tool
Retouching tools gallery
The Spot Healing The Healing Brush The Patch tool The Red Eye tool
Brush tool removes tool paints with a repairs imperfections removes the red
blemishes and sample or pattern to in a selected area reflection caused by
objects repair imperfections of an image using a a flash.
in a image. sample or pattern.
The Clone Stamp The Pattern Stamp The Eraser tool The Background
tool paints with a tool paints with part erases pixels and Eraser tool
sample of an image. of an image as a restores parts of an erases areas to
pattern. image to a previously transparency by
saved state. dragging.
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The Magic Eraser The Blur tool blurs The Sharpen tool The Smudge tool
tool erases solid- hard edges in an sharpens soft edges smudges data in an
colored areas to image. in an image. image.
transparency with a
The Dodge tool The Burn tool The Sponge tool
lightens areas in an darkens areas in an changes the color
image. image. saturation of an area.
Painting tools gallery
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The Brush tool The Pencil tool The Color The Mixer Brush
paints brush strokes. paints hard-edged Replacement tool tool Simulates
strokes. replaces a selected realistic painting
color with a new techniques such as
color. blending canvas
colors and varying
The History Brush The Art History The gradient tools The Paint Bucket
tool paints a copy brush tool paints with create straight- tool fills similarly
of the selected state stylized strokes that line, radial, angle, colored areas with the
or snapshot into simulate the look of reflected, and foreground color.
the current image different paint styles, diamond blends
window. using a selected state between colors.
Drawing and type tools gallery
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The path selection The type tools create The type mask tools The pen tools let you
tools make shape or type on an image. create a selection in draw smooth-edged
segment selections the shape of type. paths.
points, direction lines,
and direction points.
The shape tools The Custom
and Line tool draw Shape tool makes
shapes and lines in customized shapes
a normal layer or a selected from a
shape layer. custom shape list.
Navigation, notes, and measuring tools gallery
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The Hand tool moves The Rotate View The Zoom tool The Note tool makes
an image within its tool non-destructively magnifies and notes that can be
window. rotates the canvas. reduces the view of attached to an image.
The Eyedropper tool The Color Sampler The Ruler tool The Count tool
samples colors in an tool displays color measures distances, counts objects in an
image. values for up to four locations, and angles. image. (Photoshop
areas. Extended only)
3D tools gallery (Photoshop Extended)
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The 3D Object The 3D Object Roll The 3D Object The 3D Object Slide
Rotate tool rotates tool rotates the Pan tool pans the tool moves the object
the object around its object around its z- object in the x or y laterally when you
x-axis. axis. direction. drag horizontally, or
forward and back
when you drag
The 3D Object Scale The 3D Rotate The 3D Roll The 3D Pan Camera
tool scales the object Camera tool orbits Camera tool rotates tool pans the camera
larger or smaller. the camera in the x the camera around in the x or y direction.
or y direction. the z-axis.
The 3D Walk The 3D Zoom
Camera tool moves Camera tool
laterally when you changes the field of
drag horizontally, or view closer or farther
forward and back away.
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when you drag