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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Photoshop Toolbox: An Introduction

Photoshop is a program that allows you to work with images and graphics. This document will give an overview of the tools you can use when working with them. These tools are found in the Toolbox, which appears on the left side of the screen when you first start Photoshop. If the Toolbox is not visible, from the Window menu, select Tools.

Tool Name
Move Tool button Move Moves selections, layers, and guides.
Rectangle selection tool Rectangular Marquee Makes a rectangular selection and provides access to the Elliptical, Single Row, and Single Column Marquee Tools.
Lasso Tool button Lasso Draws free-hand segments of a selection's border and provides access to the Polygonal Lasso Tool and Magnetic Lasso Tool.
Magic Wand Tool button Magic Wand Selects consistently colored areas without requiring you to trace the outline and provides access to the Quick Selection Tool.
Crop Tool button Crop Removes unwanted portions from an image. For more information see, Cropping an Image.
Slice Tool button Slice Creates slices so you can separate your document into areas, which makes it more functional. It also provides access to the Slice Select Tool.
Spot Healing Brush Tool button Spot Healing Brush Corrects imperfections in an image by making them disappear into the surrounding image. It also provides access to the Healing Brush Tool, Patch Tool, and the Red Eye Tool.
Brush Tool button Brush Paints brush strokes onto an image and provides access to the Pencil Tool and Color Replacement Tool.
Clone Stamp Tool button Clone Stamp Paints a clone of an image or area of an image you have already selected. It also provides access to the Pattern Stamp Tool.
History Brush Tool button History Brush Paints a copy of one image state or snapshot of an image into your current image's window. It also provides access to the Art History Brush Tool.
Eraser Tool button Eraser Erases pixels wherever the mouse is clicked. It also provides access to the Background Eraser Tool and the Magic Eraser Tool.
Gradient Tool button Gradient Creates a gradual blend between colors and also provides access to the Paint Bucket Tool. For more information, see Working with the Gradient Tool.
Blur Tool button Blur Softens the edges of an image. It also provides access to the Sharpen Tool and the Smudge Tool.
Dodge Tool button Dodge Allows you to darken or lighten areas of an image. It also provides access to the Burn Tool and the Sponge Tool.
Pen Tool button Pen Allows you to create, edit, or smooth lines and shapes. It also provides access to the Freeform Pen Tool, Add Anchor Point Tool, Delete Anchor Point Tool, and the Convert Point Tool.
Horizontal Type Tool button Horizontal Type Allows you to insert text onto an image. It also provides access to the Vertical Type Tool, Horizontal Type Mask Tool, and the Vertical Type Mask Tool.
Path Selection Tool button Path Selection Makes shape or segment selections that show anchor points, direction lines, and direction points. It also provides access to the Direct Selection Tool.
Rectangle Tool button Rectangle Allows you to draw different shapes. It also provides access to the Rounded Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Polygon Tool, Line Tool, and the Custom Shape Tool.
Notes Tool button Notes Allows you to add notes to any image. It also provides access to the Audio Annotation Tool.
Eyedropper Tool button Eyedropper Allows you to get colors from an image to designate as a new background or foreground color. It also provides access to the Color Sampler Tool, the Ruler Tool, and the Count Tool.
Hand Tool button Hand Moves an image within its window.
Zoom Tool button Zoom Magnifies or reduces the view size of an image.
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