A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Tools
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A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Tools

An overall understanding of each and every tool in the tools panel and its various options
4.8 (48 ratings)
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Created by Ishan Ahamed
Last updated 6/2014
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the various sets of tools and sub tools in the tools panel
  • Get to know the relevant short cut keys for each tool
  • Understand the various options that each tool has on its own dynamic options panel
  • Know the right instance to use a specific tool
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  • A copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6 Installed
  • A Notebook! Since there are tons of things a tool can do and you might have to jot them down
  • An Enthusiastic Mindset :)

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a widely used application mainly for editing images. The key components that you need to know in order to get started with it is understanding its interface and its tools panel. This course gives you a comprehensive guide of how to use each and every single tool in the tools panel. You will get hands on experience on how to use each tool and its various options and whats the best tool that fits a given instance.

There are nearly 70 tools in the tools panel of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and you will be learning 99% of those tools categorized as follows:

  • Selection Tools
  • Crop and Slice Tools
  • Measuring Tools
  • Retouching Tools
  • Painting Tools
  • Drawing and Type Tools
  • Navigation Tools

There is still a long way to go as a Photoshop User but i'll ensure that you are in the right path to become a PRO in Adobe Photoshop!

Also don't forget to catch up with my Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Web Designers Course if you are interested.

Who is the target audience?
  • Totally new to Adobe Photoshop or been using it for a while, this course is worthwhile taking to boost up your skills
  • Suitable for any photoshop user who needs to improve in the knowledge of the tools panel
  • Suitable for those who are curious to know the extra features a tool has apart from its default
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Getting Started
2 Lectures 02:22
Drilling Down into the Tools Panel
24 Lectures 03:45:22

The move tool allows you to move a selection or entire layer by dragging it with your mouse or using your keyboard arrows keys.

Short Cut Key: "V"

Preview 10:31

Rectangle Marquee

Make a rectangular selection. Hold the shift key down to constrain the selection to a square.

Elliptical Marquee

Make an elliptical selection. Hold the shift key down to constrain the selection to a circle.

Single Row Marquee

Make a horizontal selection 1 pixel high.

Single Column Marquee

Make a vertical selection 1 pixel wide.

Short Cut Key: "M"

Marquee Tool

Lasso Tool

This is a freehand selection tool. Click and hold your left mouse button on the image and draw your selection.

Polygonal Lasso Tool

Similar to the lasso tool, except that instead of holding your mouse button down to draw, left-click on various points to create a selection with a series of straight edges.

Magnetic Lasso Tool

Left-click at the starting point of your selection and simply move the mouse along the edge.

"Fastening points" are automatically made at various points along the edges. Left-click at any time to add a fastening point manually.

To Complete a Selection

To finish drawing a selection, either click on the selection starting point or double-click anywhere.

Short Cut Key: "L"

Lasso Tools

The Magic Wand Tool and the Quick Selection Tool allows you to select an area of an image based on its color.

Short Cut Key: "W"

Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool

The Crop tool allows you to select an area of an image and discard everything outside this area.

Short Cut Key: "C"

Crop Tool

The Eyedropper tool is used to sample a color from an image to use this color further. Short Cut key "I"

Eye Dropper and other Tools

Spot Healing Brush Tool

Quickly removes blemishes and imperfections from photographs with a uniform background.

Healing Brush Tool

Paints with a sample or pattern to repair imperfections in an image.

Patch Tool

Repairs imperfections in a selected area of an image using sample or pattern.

Content-Aware Move Tool

Recomposes and blends pixels to accommodate a moved object.

Red Eye Tool

Removes red-eye in flash photos with one click

Short Cut key "J"

Preview 09:55

The patch tool retouches images using sampled pixels or pattern. It works as a combination of the healing brush tool and lasso tool

Short Cut key: "J"

Patch Tool

The Content-Aware Move tool taps the technologies behind Content-Aware Fill and the Clone Stamp Tool allowing you to move elements within a scene while Photoshop automatically fills in the missing details.

Short Cut key: "J"

Content Aware Move Tool

Paints brush strokes. Short Cut key "B"

Brush Tool

Paints hard-edged strokes. Short Cut key "B"

Pencil Tool

Substitutes one color for another. Short Cut key "B"

Color Replacement Tool

Blends sampled color with an exisitng color. Short Cut key "B"

Mixer Brush Tool

Clone Stamp Tool

Paints with a sample of an image.

Pattern Stamp Tool

Paints with a part of an image as a pattern.

Short Cut key: "S"

Stamp Tools

Paints a copy of the selected slate or snapshot into the current image window. Short Cut key: "Y"

History Brush Tools

Eraser Tool

Erases pixels and restores parts of an image to a previously saved state.

Background Eraser Tool

Erases areas to transparency by dragging

Magic Eraser Tool

Erases solid color areas to transparency with a single click.

Short Cut key: "E"

Eraser Tools

Gradient Tool

Creates straight-line, radial, angle, reflected, and diamond blends between colors.

Paint Bucket Tool

Fills similarly color areas with the foreground color.

Short Cut key: "G"

Gradient and Paint Bucket Tool

Blur Tool

Blurs hard edges in an image.

Sharpen Tool

Sharpens soft edges in an image

Smudge Tool

Simulates the actions of dragging a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag.

Short Cut key: "None"

Blur, Smudge & Sharpen Tools

Dodge Tool

Lightens areas in an image.

Burn Tool

Darkens areas in an image

Sponge Tool

Changes the color saturation of an area.

Short Cut key: "O"

Dodge, Burn and Sponge Tool

Draw smooth-edged paths. Short Cut key "P"

Pen Tool Part 01

Pen Tool Part 02

Type Text. Short Cut key: "T"

Text Tool

Draw shapes and lines in a normal layer or Shape. Short Cut key: "U"

Shape Tools

Other Tools
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 01:43

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