In this page we’ll see the description of each of the Photoshop tools, with extensive screen shot illustrations.The toolbox contains selection tools, painting and editing tools, foreground and background color selection boxes, and viewing tools. When you open Adobe PhotoShop floating toolbox appear on the screen. To select a tool, you can either click the tool in the toolbox, or you can press the tool’s keyboard shortcut. The keyboard short cut are given in the following table.


Photoshop tools
KB Shortcut Description
1 M The rectangular marquee tool makes rectangular selections.
2 V The move tool moves selections, layers, and guides.
3 L The lasso tool makes freehand selections.
4 W The magic wand tool selects similarly colored areas.
5 J The airbrush tool paints soft-edged strokes.
6 B The paintbrush tool paints brush strokes.
7 S The clone stamp tool paints with a copy of an image.
8 Y The history brush tool paints with the selected state or snapshot.
9 E The eraser tool erases pixels and restores parts of an image to a previously saved state.
10 N The pencil tool draws hard-edged strokes
11 R The blur tool blurs hard edges in an image.
12 O The dodge tool lightens areas in an image.
13 P The pen tool lets you draw smooth-edged paths.
14 T The type tool creates type on an image.
15 U The measure tool measures distances, locations, and angles.
16 G The linear gradient tool creates a straight-line blend between colors.
17 K The paint bucket tool fills similarly colored areas with the foreground color.
18 I The eyedropper tool samples colors in an image.
19 H The hand tool moves an image within its window.
20 Z The zoom tool magnifies and reduces the view of an image.With a zoom tool selected and positioned in the image area hold down Alt, a zoom out tool will appear. To select a zoom tool from the key board , hold down spacebar+Ctrl. To select zoom out , hold down spacebar+Ctrl+Alt.
21 The Foreground and Background color buttons let you choose a foreground or background color. The Switch colors button foreground and the background color swaps colors between the foreground and the background.The Default colors button photoshop foreground and the background returns to the default foreground and background colors (black foreground and white background).
22 Q The Standard mode button lets you turn off Quick Mask mode and return to your original image. The Quick Mask mode button(on right) lets you edit any selection as a mask using an overlay that protects the area outside the selection.
23 F The Standard screen mode button displays artwork in a standard window, with a menu bar at the top and scroll bars on the sides. The Full screen mode with menu bar button displays artwork in a full-screen window with a menu bar but with no title bar or scroll bars. The Full screen mode button displays artwork in a full-screen window, but with no title bar, menu bar, or scroll bars.
24 You can jump between Photoshop and ImageReady to transfer an image between the two applications for editing, without closing or exiting the originating application.

Some of the tools in the toolbox displays a small triangle at the bottom right corner, indicating the presence of additional hidden tools. You can select the hidden tools in any of the following ways.

  • Click and hold down the mouse button and drag to the desired tool, and release the mouse button.
  • Hold down the Alt, and click the tool in the toolbox. Each click selects the next hidden tool in the hidden tool sequence.
  • Press Shift + the tools keyboard shortcut repeatedly until the tool you want is selected.
photosop tools
1b The elliptical marquee tool makes elliptical selections.
1c,1d The single row and single column marquee tools make 1 – pixel wide selections.
3b The polygon lasso tool makes freehand and straight-edged selections.
3c The magnetic lasso tool draws selection borders that cling to the edges of objects.
7b The pattern stamp tool paints with the selection as a pattern.
8b The art history brush tool paints with stylized strokes that simulate the look of different paint styles.
9b The background eraser tool erases areas to transparency by dragging.
9c The magic eraser tool erases solid-colored areas to transparency with a single click.
10b The line tool draws straight lines.
11b The sharpen tool sharpens soft edges.
11c The smudge tool smudges data in an image.
12b The burn tool darkens areas in an image.
12c The sponge tool changes the color saturation of an area.
13b The magnetic pen tool draws paths that cling to the edges of objects.
13c The freeform pen tool draws paths directly as you drag.
13d The add-anchor-point tool adds anchor points to a path.
13e The delete-anchor-point tool deletes anchor points from a path.
13f The direct-selection tool selects and moves paths and parts of paths.
13g The convert-anchor-point tool converts straight line segments to curved segments, and vice versa.
14b The type mask tool creates selection borders in the shape of type.
14c The vertical type tool creates vertical type on an image.
14d The vertical type mask tool creates selection borders in the shape of the vertical type.
16b,c The radial gradient tool creates a circular blend between colors.The angle gradient tool creates an angular blend between colors.
16d,e The reflected gradient tool creates symmetric straight-line blends between colors. The diamond gradient tool creates diamond-shaped blends between colors.
18b The color sampler tool samples up to four locations simultaneously.


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