Adobe Photoshop- Guide to the Tools

Photoshop Tools

When we first run Photoshop, the toolbox is displaying Photoshop tools on the left side of screen. We can change its location by clicking and dragging its title bar.

We determine the performance of the toolbox using the Tools option in its Windows menu in Photoshop’s window. If the toolbox is being displayed, the √ symbol is displayed before this option.

There are some options for using some tools located in the toolbox, these options are displayed in the Photoshop window on the Options Bar below the menu bar.

These include tools that are used to help us type text on an image, select an image or any part of it, paint, draw, edit an image, etc.

While some tools are background/foreground colors of the image (Foreground / Background Color) are used to determine, go to Adobe Online, work in different modes, and move from Photoshop to an Imageready application.

Some tools have a small triangle at the bottom, which means that behind these tools, there are other similar tools. By clicking on this small triangle, we can see all these tools.

The symbol appears before any of these tools are displayed in the toolbox. On clicking the desired tool, this tool now appears in the toolbox.

By taking a mouse pointer to the desired tool in the toolbox, after a few moments, we get the name of the tool and its keyboard shortcut displayed as a tooltip.

There are following types of tools in Photoshop toolbox-

Photoshop toolbox
  1. Selection Tools
  2. Crop and Slice Tools
  3. Retouching Tools
  4. Painting Tools
  5. Drawing and Typing Tools
  6. Annotations, Measuring and Navigation Tools
  7. Color Tools
  8. Edit Mode Options
  9. Display Options
  10. Edit in ImageReady

Here we are giving a brief introduction to all the tools located in the toolbox of Photoshop.

Photoshop Tools Overview

Rectangular Marquee Tool –

This tool is used to select the rectangular portion of an image.

By clicking on this tool, dragging the mouse pointer over the desired part to be selected on the image selects the desired rectangular portion of the image.

If the Shift ‘key’ is pressed on the keyboard while dragging the mouse pointer over the image, the square part of the image is selected while dragging the mouse pointer over the image.

Is done and if the shift key is also pressed, the point from which it starts to drag becomes the center point of the square section to be selected.

Elliptical Marquee Tool –

This tool is used to select the elliptical part of the image. When using this tool, the alt key can be used in the same way as the Rectangular Marquee tool, along with the Shift key and Shift key.

Single Row Marquee Tool –

This tool is used to select a horizontal portion of 1 pixel (Pixel) height from the entire image.

Single Column Marquee Tool This tool is used to select the vertical portion of the width of 1 pixel (Pixel) from the entire image.

Move Tool –

This tool is used to migrate the image by dragging the selection, moving the entire image onto the canvas, and displacing the layer.

If we have opened more than one image file in Photoshop, with the Move tool, the selection of one image can be moved to another image by dragging the entire image or any layer of the image.

Lasso Tool –

By selecting this tool, by dragging the mouse pointer over the image, releasing the left mouse button selects the portion of the image corresponding to the path of the drag.

The starting point and last point of drag a straight line are connected to the path. If Alt ‘key’ is pressed on the keyboard while dragging, the path of a straight line is displayed by clicking on the starting point, to the place where you will click, now the place where the click on the image.

The path of a straight line from the second point to this point is displayed and leaving the alt ‘key’ at the end, the path of a straight line connecting the starting point to the last point is displayed and thus it becomes a selection is.

Polygonal Lasso Tool –

This tool is used to select the desired part of the image in the shape of a polygon.

After selecting this tool, click on the starting point of the selection, after which the place where you will click on the image, a path of a straight line from the second point to this point is displayed and finally double click.

On doing this, a straight line path connecting the starting point to the last point is displayed and thus this selection is done. This tool works the same way as using the Alt key with the Lasso tool.

Magnetic Lasso Tool –

This tool is used to select a shape on the image to fit the frame.

By selecting this tool, you drag the mouse pointer along the border of the shape without pressing the left button of the mouse by clicking on the starting point of the image to be chosen, then automatically fastening the point near the border of the mouse pointer, (Fastening Point) are formed.

If we find that a fastening point has been misplaced, pressing the Del key on the keyboard will erase that fastening point.

The last fastening point is erased one by one as we press the Del key.

After the fastening point is created on the desired part of the image, the selection is made by adding the starting point from the point of click on double-clicking.

Magic Wand Tool –

This tool is used to select the same color pixels from the colors used on the image. By selecting this tool, you have to click on the location of the image, where the pixel of the color is to be selected.

Crop Tool –

This tool is used to use only the selected part of the image as a complete image.

By selecting this tool, drag the image to the desired part and select the image in the shape of a quadrilateral.

If the Shift key is pressed on the keyboard while dragging, the square part is selected, otherwise, the rectangular part is selected.

By double-clicking on the selected part, only the selected part remains in the image, and the remaining part is erased.

To make any change in the size of the selected part for the crop, by clicking on the desired node out of the eight nodes displayed around the selected part, or bringing the mouse pointer over the boundary line of the selection.

As long as the mouse pointer is to be dragged in the desired direction. Besides, we can displace this selection on the image by bringing the mouse pointer to the selected part and clicking and dragging the pointer.

If the mouse pointer is moved out of selection, the shape of the mouse pointer changes, and now the drag can be rotated to the desired angle when the mouse pointer is dragged.

Slice Tool –

Slice is used in web designing. A slice is a rectangular portion of an image, which we use, in a related web page, links and to create animations.

Splitting the image into slices gives us better control over the file size and functions of the image. Slices are used to divide the source image into functional areas.

Slice Select Tool –

This tool is used to select slices and move slices.

Spot Healing Brush Tool –

This tool is used to clean the spots on the image. By clicking on this tool, the mouse clicks the pointer on the image where there is a spot.

This tool automatically colors the color of the stain, similar to the color that accompanies it.

Healing Brush Tool –

This tool is used to repair an image. This is an intelligent tool.

It repairs the target point corresponding to the source point of the image.

The source point is the point according to which we have to repair the image damaged part. To use this tool, we have to first determine the source point.

For this, we have to press the Alt key on the keyboard and click on the desired location. Now we click on the place where we want to repair the image.

On click, Photoshop compares the location with the source point and repairs it accordingly.

Patch Tool –

This tool is also used to repair images. By selecting this tool, clicking on the Destination radio button on the options bar, select the correct part of the image.

Here this tool works like the Loso tool. This is the source part of the image. Now by dragging this selection to the damaged part of the image and dropping it, this part is repaired.

Red Eye Tool –

Red light in the camera becomes a red spot when a person is photographed, due to the flashlight in the camera near the camera lens, which is called Red Eye.

The Red Eye tool is used to repair it.

Brush Tool –

This tool is used to add color to the image. The color filled by this tool is the same as that set for Foreground.

The size and shape of the brush tool can be customized. This tool can be used for touching images as well as creating new paintings.

Pencil Tool –

This tool is used in Photoshop for drawing any type of drawing ie Freehand Drawing. The lines have the same color as the lines set for Foreground.

Color Replacement Tool –

This tool is used to paint color in an image. This tool uses the color defined for Foreground.

Clone Stamp Tool –

This tool is used to use a part of an image at some other place in the image.

By selecting this tool, pressing the Alt key on the keyboard and clicking on the part of the image we want to use as Clone Stamp.

After this by clicking the mouse pointer at the location where this part is to be used, clicking on the brush becomes the image of the first position in the current shape of the brush.

Now, whatever image will be clicked on the image, the distance between the location that made the Clone Stamp and the place it was used for the first time will be created at this location.

Pattern Stamp Tool –

This tool is used to use a pattern on the desired part of the image. We can choose the pattern from the pattern library and also make our pattern.

History Brush Tool –

This tool is very useful for working on an image. While working on the image, this tool is used to discard any changes made in the image to a particular part of the image.

Art History Brush Tool –

This tool works in the same way as the History Brush Tool, the difference between the two is that different brush options are available in the Art History Brush Tool, which produces different Artistic Effect. We do.

Eraser Tool –

As its name suggests, this tool is used to erase a particular part of a layer of an image. By selecting this tool, the background color of the image is displayed when you drag the image.

If the Alt key is pressed on the keyboard while dragging, the layer below it is displayed, even if the layer below it is not visible.

Background Eraser Tool –

This tool is used to erase a particular color from the image. This particular color is the prescribed background color of the image.

Magic Eraser Tool –

This tool is used to erase similar color pixels (Pixels) from the colors programmed on the image.

By selecting this tool, you have to click on the location of the image, where the pixels of the color is to be erased.

Gradient Tool –

This tool is used to fill multiple colors of Gradual Blend in the selected part of the image.

Pre-defined Gradient Fills can be used in Photoshop, as well as we can also create our Gradient Fills.

This tool is used by selecting and dragging the mouse pointer over the selected part of the image.

The place from which the drag was started is called the starting point and the place where the mouse button is released is called the last point.

Gradient Fill can be done in the chosen part according to the chosen gradient tool and the distance and direction drawn.

Paint Bucket Tool –

This tool is used to fill the Foreground color defined in Pixels of the same color adjacent to the image clicked location. The Paint Bucket tool cannot be used in the bitmap mode of an image.

Blur Tool –

This tool is used to reduce the sharpness of the edges of an image ie to obscure the edges.

By selecting the Blur Tool and dragging the desired part of the image we can do this.

If the Alt key is pressed on the keyboard while dragging, the tool behaves like a Sharpen tool.

Sharpen Tool –

This tool is used for the exact opposite purpose of the tool.

Just as the B tool is used to blur the sharp edges of an image, the Sharpen tool is used to sharpen fuzzy edges.

If the Alt key is pressed on the keyboard while using this tool, the tool behaves like a Blur tool.

Smudge Tool –

This tool is used to blend colors evenly (Smoothly Mix).

From the point in the image where the tool starts dragging, this tool blends the colors that are on the way to drag with the color of the Pixels in that location.

Dodge Tool –

This tool is used to lighten the color in any part of the image. We can do this by selecting the Dodge Tool and dragging the desired part of the image.

If the Alt key is pressed on the keyboard while dragging, this tool behaves like a Burn tool.

Burn Tool –

This tool is used for the exact opposite purpose of the Quackham tool. This tool is used to darken the color of a part of the image.

When pressing this alt key on the keyboard, when using this tool, this tool behaves like a Dodge tool.

Sponge Tool –

This tool is used to increase or decrease the color saturation on any part of the image.

Pen Tool –

This tool is used in Photoshop to determine the path to create a shape. Paths in Photoshop are a group of several open and closed subpaths. The sub-path is defined by the Anchor Point and the Direction Lines. By selecting this tool, the place where the path to be started is clicked on the image. This tool determines the path by clicking on different locations on the image.

Freeform Pen Tool –

This tool is used to determine the path by dragging the left mouse button on the desired part of the image. This path is completed as soon as we release the left mouse button.

Add Anchor Paint Tool –

As we know the path is made up of various Anchor Points. This tool is used to add a new anchor point to the path. By selecting this tool, clicking on any location on the path adds a new anchor point to the path.

Delete Anchor Paint Tool –

This tool is used to erase an anchor point from a path. By selecting this tool, click on an Anchor Point on the path erases that Anchor Point.

Convert Point Tool –

This tool is used to convert the anchor points of a path.

There are two types of Anchor Points – Smooth Anchor Point) and Corner Anchor Point.

Selecting this tool, clicking on the path’s smooth anchor point, converts it into an anchor point, a corner anchor point, and a smooth anchor point when you click the corner anchor point.

Path Selection Tool –

This tool is used to select the entire path. By selecting this tool, typing inside the path selects the path. By selecting the path, we can move the path, increase, and decrease its size, rotate it at any angle.

Direct Selection Tool –

This tool is used to select and edit any part of the path. By selecting this tool and clicking on the path, all the anchor points of the path are displayed.

We can make the desired change in the shape of the path by displacing the desired anchor point.

If we have to select more than one anchor point, then the Shift key on the keyboard has to be pressed.

Horizontal Type Tool –

It is also known as Type Tool. It is used to type text in the horizontal direction on the image.

Each type of text is typed to the left when typing text using this tool. Thus the color of the text typed in the color set for the foreground.

Vertical Type Tool –

This tool is used to type text in the vertical direction on the image. Each type of text is typed downwards when typing text using this tool. Thus the color of the text typed in the color set for the foreground.

Horizontal Type Mask Tool –

Using this tool, the text type is moved in the horizontal direction, but the text thus typed is displayed in the outlines. Special effects can be applied in this text and images can be filtered in the text.

Vertical Type Mask Tool –

Text is also typed in the vertical direction using this tool, but the text thus typed is displayed in the outlines. Special effects can be applied in this text and images can be filtered in the text.

Rectangle Tool –

This tool is used to create a rectangular shape of the color defined on the image for the foreground. By selecting this tool and pressing the Shift key on the keyboard while dragging, the shape formed is square.

Rounded Rectangle Tool –

This tool is used on the image to create a round corner import shape of the color defined for the foreground.

Ellipse Tool –

This tool is used to create an elliptical shape of the color set for the foreground on the image. By selecting this tool and pressing the Shift key on the keyboard while dragging, the shape formed is circular.

Polygon Tool –

This tool is used to create a polygon shape of the color defined for the foreground on the image.

Line Tool –

This tool is used to create a line of color defined for the foreground on the image. The thickness of the line is determined in the text box in front of the weight on the options bar.

When selecting this tool and pressing the Shift key on the keyboard while dragging, the formation becomes horizontal or vertical.

Custom Shape Tool –

This tool is used to create a custom shape of the color defined for the foreground on the image. The shape is determined in the text box in front of the Shape on the options bar.

Notes Tool –

This tool is used to place a note with an image. On this note, we can store information related to the image or any part of the image in the form of a note, so that we can get this information while working on this image again.

Only one Ain is displayed on the image in place of the note, double-click on this icon displays the information given in the note.

Audio Annotation Tool –

If it seems more convenient to speak instead of writing, then we can also add audio clips with images. For this, our computer must-have a microphone and sound card.

An icon is displayed on the image for the recorded audio annotation, by double-clicking on this icon, the information in the audio annotation can be heard through speakers or headphones.

Eyedropper Tool –

This tool is used to select a color from any part of the image. The color chosen is determined as the foreground of Qatar.

By choosing this tool, clicking the mouse pointer to the desired color on the image, and clicking it will determine the color for the foreground.

When you press the Alt key on the keyboard while clicking, the color chosen will be set to the background.

Color Sampler Tool –

This tool is used to select a color from an image. We can select a color from a maximum of four points simultaneously.

The color details on the selected points are displayed in the Info Palette. We can also migrate these points to another location on the image.

Major Tool –

This tool is used to find the distance between two points of a part of an image.

By moving the mouse pointer to the first point and dragging it to the second point, a non-printed line becomes a mixture of both points, and various information is displayed on the Info Palette.

The position of the starting point on the image is displayed in front of X and Y, how far the final point is horizontally and vertically from the starting point, its display is in front of W and H respectively.

The actual distance between the two points is displayed in front of D and the angle formed from the X-axis is in front of A.

Hand Tool –

This tool can be used when the entire image is not displayed in the image window of Photoshop.

Using this tool, you can display an image on the monitor screen by moving the image in the desired direction.

Zoom Tool –

This tool is used in the image window to view the image at the desired size.

By selecting this tool and dragging it to the desired part of the image, that part of the image becomes larger and appears in the image window.

Pressing the Alt key on the keyboard while dragging will cause the image to be smaller than the current size.

With the help of this tool, you can display the image in the image window from 0.12% to 1600% of the actual size.


Oh! confused with so many of them. Don’t worry we will explain all of them in upcoming posts, stay tuned!

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