In this Photoshop Tools course, I go over all the major tools that you will ever use in Photoshop. I not only cover how the tools work, but I extensively cover all the options that are available for each tool in the Photoshop tool panel.
I also cover the various keyboard shortcuts that you should learn that will make speed up your workflow.
I have included the source files that I use in each lesson so that you can follow along with me.
If you are just now learning about Photoshop or if you have been using it for a while but still get frustrated and confused with all the tools and the number of options available, this course is for you.
The Photoshop tool panel looks intimidating, but once you learn the in's and out's of each tool, you will have the confidence to know how to use each tool and when to use it.
Although not technically a selection tool, the Move tool is up there with the selection tools but lives in a world by itself. With extensive and often confusing options, the Move tool is much more powerful once you learn its ins and outs.
The marquee tools are often overlooked as selection tools in Photoshop. But they are much more useful than most people realize.
Feathering smoothes out your selections. But how does it actually work? How will you know what values to use? Here is a brief explanation on feathering.
The standard lasso tool is the first of the free form selection tools in Photoshop. It allows you to draw out your selection by hand.
The polygonal lasso tool allows you to constrain your selections to straight lines. Here I show you how to use it in conjunction with the standard lasso tool and the magnetic lasso tool as well.
The magic wand and quick selection tools are "automatic" selection tools, meaning that you set the options and Photoshop automatically makes the selection for you based on those options. Don't worry, I go over all the options so that you know how to set them up properly; although it's often a matter of trial and error to get them set properly.
The crop tool allows you to trim an image based on your own needs. But it's more useful than just cropping. Watch this video to learn what else it can do.
Similar to the crop tool, the perspective crop tool can crop the image while straightening crooked images or even correcting for perspective problems.
Rulers and guides may not seem useful but they do come in handy at times. I'll show you how to use them and even show you a handy way to figure out where the exact middle of your image is!
The eyedropper tool allows you to sample colors from your image and set your colors based on the colors you sample.
The color sampler tool works like the eye dropper tool, but it allows you to set a point in the image document and save the color information of the pixel that you select in the info panel. Sound confusing? It's not; I go over that in detail in this video.
The spot healing brush is the first of the retouching tools. It allows you to replace pixels based on pixels from surrounding areas. Photoshop does all the heavy lifting here. There are times when you want to use it,, and times when you don't. This video will help you understand when to use it and when not to use it.
The main difference between the healing brush tool and the spot healing brush tool is that the healing brush tool lets you tell Photoshop which pixels you want to use to replace instead of having Photoshop guess at it. This tool is more useful in certain circumstances.
The patch tool works much like the spot healing brush tool but it allows you to draw selections that you want to replace instead of using a brush.
The clone stamp tool allows you to brush in exact copies of pixels to replace other pixels. It's a popular tool with retouchers but if you use it too much, it can become obvious that you have been using it. I'll show you the most effective ways and situations to use it in.
The pattern stamp tool allows you to brush preset textures into your image.
The blur, sharpen, and smudge tools are hold overs from much older versions of Photoshop. While there are better options available now, they still have their use in certain circumstances.
Just like the blur, sharpen, and smudge tools, the dodge, burn, and sponge tools are old Photoshop tools. But these are much more useful. I show you how, when and where you want to use these great tools!
The brush tool is quite possibly the most useful tool in Photoshop. It has a multitude of options and I cover each and every one of them here and in part 2. Many of the options that you learn for this tool can be carried over to other tools that are based on the brush tool - like the healing brush tool and the clone stamp tool.
This is a continuation of part 1 of the Photoshop brush tool.
The pencil tool isn't a very useful tool, but I cover it here just for your reference.
Color replace tool replaces one color with another and the mixer brush tool mixes two colors together. Why would you ever use these tools? Watch this video and you'll find out.
The history brush tool is an often overlooked tool in the Photoshop arsenal. I'll show you how it works and why you want to learn how to use it; it will probably come in handy when you get too carried away!
The eraser tool works like the brush tool but instead of brushing colors, it erases pixels. Use this tool with extreme caution!
The magic eraser tool works like the magic wand tool, but instead of selecting pixels, it deletes them! Use this tool with extreme caution!
The gradient tool blends colors together with a transition.
The paint bucket tool enables you to put down a color over a large selection area.
The pen tool let's you draw shapes, make selections, or even paths. It has a variety of options that can be intimidating unless you know how to use them. The pencil tool is much more versatile than most people realize. With a little practice and some patience, it won't be long before you're a pencil tool power user!
Want to put text over your image? Here's how to do that.
The shape tool is useful for making shapes! Use preset shapes or make your own!
There are a few other options that aren't really tools as much as they are utilities. I go over these in this video and show you how and when you might want to use them.
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