Photoshop basic tools


Photoshop is a bitmap based program. Bitmap files are also known as rasterized or rastered files. Below is a brief explaination of photoshops basic tools.

marquee-toolMarquee tool: Rectangular, elliptical, and single row tools. Click and drag to make a selection. Hold Alt key (pc) to start selection from the center.

 

 

 

lasso-toolLasso tool: Lasso, polygon, and magnetic selections. Create a selection by drawing a perimeter around the area.

 

 

 

magic-wand

Magic wand: Selects pixels by clicking on a pixel and adds similar neighboring pixels. Uses a tolerance setting in the option menu to increase or decrease the range of pixels selected.

 

 

 

foreground-backgroundForeground color: Upper left chip in color pallet and tool pallet Color is choosen by double clicking to bring up color picker or by clicking on a swatch or by using the eye droper.

Background color: Lower right chip in color pallet and tool pallet. Color is choosen by double clicking to bring up color picker or by clicking on a swatch or by using the eye dropper.

 

brush-toolBrush tool: Most basic painting tool. Use options pallet to set type, size, mode, opacity, and flow. The left and right bracket keys lets you quickly resize the brush.

 

 

crop-toolCrop tool: Use options pallet to define area to be cropped in width height and resolution.

 

 

 

type-toolType tool: Click to type, options pallet controls font type, size, format, etc. Maybe used on path created by the pen tool. Creates new layer for each new click. Type maybe rasterized to convert into pixel, can not be edited afterwards.

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