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Lesson 1: Photoshop Tools

Post by nneoj14 on 16/10/2010, 11:27 am

Lesson 1: Photoshop Tools

Welcome to the first lesson of GFX! My name is nneoj14, and I will be guiding you throughout this whole entire crash course of GFX. So, the first thing we have got to do is to get acquainted with the tools found in Photoshop.
Let's get started then shall we?


Tool List


Tool Descriptions


Marquee Tool
This tool is the first thing on the left side of the photoshop toolbar. The marquee tool allows you to select objects, whether it be an ellipse or a rectangle, and to move them / cut / copy, etc...

Lasso Tool
This is the second tool on the left side of the photoshop toolbar. The lasso tool allows you to crop something from an image (freehand) and to delete, erase, move or even cut them.

Crop Tool
This the third tool on the left side of the photoshop toolbar. The crop tool allows you to crop a part of an image, and to delete whatever else you didn't include in the cropping process. This tool is different from the marquee and lasso tool, as it is not freehand, and will always be a square or rectangle.

Healing Brush
This is the fourth tool on the left side of the photoshop toolbar. It isn't that important, unless you are editing photos / retouching portraits, etc. Basically, what this does is "heals" a part of an image, by using the surrounding pixels. (E.g., if there is a dot on the nose, you can take a "sample" of the skin and brush it over the nose and it removes it).

Clone Tool
This is the fifth tool on the left side of the photoshop toolbar. Again, not too important, and what it does is take a sample of an image and reproduces it again wherever you want on the image.

Eraser Tool
This is the sixth tool on the left hand side of the photoshop toolbar. One of the most used tool, and pretty self explanatory - it erases.

Blur Tool
This is the seventh tool on the left hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It blurs whatever part of the image you want.

Pen Tool
This is the ninth tool on the left hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It is mainly used for vector work, making shapes, etc. It can also be used to cut out parts of an image, or more commonly known as rendering.

Move Tool
This is the first tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. Very simple in the fact that it allows you to move parts of an image around.

Magic Wand
This is the second tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It allows you to select a part of an image, and the wand will also select surrounding pixels that have somewhat the same colour pallete.

Slice Tool
This is the third tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It is mainly used in web designing, and allows to "slice" different parts of the image so that it can be coded properly.

Brush Tool
This is the fourth tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It allows you "brush" as if you were painting.

Paint Bucket Tool
This is the sixth tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It allows you to take a colour and fill an entire canvas with that colour.

Dodge Tool
This is the seventh tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It allows to brush over certain parts of the image and make them brighter.

Text Tool
This is the eighth tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It is simple and allows you to write a series of letters either horizontally or diagonally.

Shapes Tool
This is the ninth tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It has a preset of shapes (eg squares, rectangles, lines, stars, clouds, etc) and allows you to place them on an image in the desired size.

Eyedropper Tool
This is the tenth tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. It allows to click and take a sample of any pixel in a canvas and it will automatically be the foreground colour in your palette.

Magnify Tool
This is the eleventh tool on the right hand side of the photoshop toolbar. The Magnify tool allows you to zoom over a part of an image. The max zoom is 1600%.

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