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    Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Shortcuts

    Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)
    Use this tool to make selections on your image, in a rectangular shape. This changes the area of your
    image that is affected by other tools or actions to be within the defined shape.
    Holding the Shift key while dragging your selection, restricts the shape to a perfect square.
    Holding the Alt key while dragging sets the center of the rectangle to where your cursor started.


    Move Tool (V)
    Use this tool to, well, move things. Usually you use it to move a
    Layer around after it has been placed. Hold the Shift key to limit the movements to vertical/horizontal.


    Polygon Lasso Tool (L)
    Ok, this should be the Lasso Tool, but I use the Polygon Lasso a lot more often, even if i don't use it alot.
    Use this to draw selections in whatever shape you would like. To close the selection, either click on the
    beginning point (you'll see the cursor change when you're on it),
    or just double-click. When holding the Ctrl key, you'll see the cursor change, and the next time you click,
    it will close your selection.


    Magic Wand Tool (W)

    Use this to select a color range. It will select the block of color, or transparency,
    based on wherever you click. In the Options Bar at the top, you can change the Tolerance to make your selections more/less precise.


    Crop Tool ( C )

    The Crop Tool works similarly to the Rectangular Marquee tool (see above if you have no short-term memory).
    The difference is when you press the Enter/Return key, it crops your image to the size of the box. Any information that was on the outside
    of the box is now gone. Not permanently, you can still undo.


    Slice Tool (K)
    This is used mostly for building websites, or splitting up one image into smaller ones when saving out.
    It's kind of an advanced tool, and since you're in here for the basics, we'll kind of skip over it.


    Healing Brush Tool (J)

    This is a really useful tool. Mildly advanced. You can use this tool to repair scratches and specs
    and stuff like that on images. It works like the Brush tool (see below). You choose your cursor size,
    then holding the Alt key, you select a nice/clean area of your image. Let go of the Alt key and paint over the bad area.
    It basically copies the info from the first area to the second, in the form of the Brush tool. Only, at the end, it averages the information, so it blends.


    Brush Tool ( B )

    This is one of the first tools ever. It's what Photoshop is based off of.
    Well, not really, but it's pretty basic. It paints on your image, in whatever color you have selected, and whatever size you have selected.
    There's a lot of options for it, but this is basic, so you don't get to learn them. Ha.


    Clone Stamp Tool (S)

    This is very similar to the Healing Brush Tool (see above). You use it the exact same way, except this tool doesn't blend at the end.
    It's a direct copy of the information from the first selected area to the second. When you learn to use both
    of these tools together in perfect harmony, you will be a Photoshop MASTA! Not really, it's just less irritating.


    History Brush Tool (Y)
    This tool works just like the Brush Tool (see above) except the information that it paints with is from the original state of your image.
    If you go Window>History, you can see the History Palette. The History Brush tool paints with the information from
    whatever History state is selected.


    Eraser Tool (E)
    This is the anti-Brush tool. It works like an eraser (duh) and erases whatever information wherever you click and drag it.
    If you're on a Layer, it will erase the information transparent. If you
    are on the background layer, it erases with whatever secondary color you have selected.


    Gradient Tool (G)

    You can use this to make a gradiation of colors. Gradiation doesn't appear to be a word,
    but it makes sense anyway. It creates a blending of your foreground color and background color when you click and drag it.
    Like a gradient.


    Blur Tool ( R )
    The Blur tool is cool. It makes things blurry. Click and drag to make things blurry.
    The more you click and drag, the blurrier things get.


    Dodge Tool (O)
    This tool isn't as crappy as the car brand. It's actually used to lighten whatever area you use it on.
    As long as it is not absolute black. Absolute black won't lighten.


    Path Selection Tool (A)
    You use this tool when working with paths. Since this is all about the basics,
    I won't go into details. It's related to the Pen Tool (see below) though.


    Horizontal Type Tool (T)
    It makes type. Or text. Or whatever you want to call it. You can click a single point,
    and start typing right away. Or you can click and drag to make a bounding box of where your text/type goes.
    There's a lot of options for the Type Tool. Just play around, it's fairly straight-forward.


    Pen Tool (P)
    I mentioned this tool above. It's for creating paths, in which you would use the
    Path Selection Tool to select the path. Paths can be used in a few different ways, mostly to create clipping paths,
    or to create selections. You use the tool by clicking to add a point. If you click and drag,
    it will change the shape of your path, allowing you to bend and shape the path for accurate selections and such.


    Rectangle Tool (U)

    By default it draws a Shape Layer in the form of a rectangle. It fills the rectangle with
    whatever foreground color you have selected. It's pretty complicated, don't hurt yourself with this one. (lol)


    Eyedropper Tool (I)

    This tool works by changing your foreground color to whatever color you click on.
    Holding the Alt key will change your background color.


    Hand Tool (H)

    You can really make short work of your job with the Hand Tool. It's for moving your entire image
    within a window. So if you're zoomed in and your image area is larger than the window,
    you can use the Hand Tool to navigate around your image.
    Just click and drag. You can get to this tool at any time when using any other tool by pressing and holding the Spacebar.


    Zoom Tool (Z)
    Pretty obvious what this tool does. It allows you to zoom into your image. Don't be dumb,
    it doesn't actually change the size of your image. Hold the Alt key to zoom out. Holding the Shift key will zoom all
    of the windows you have open at the same time. Double-click on the Zoom Tool in the palette to go back to 100% view.


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    Photoshop Shortcuts!



    Modes


    Q - Quick mask mode toggle = view selection as rubylith overlay, accepts paint tools.
    F - Cycles through Normal and 2 full-screen modes very useful for previewing without clutter.
    Tab - Removes all palettes.
    Ctrl+; - Show/Hide Guides.
    Ctrl+' - Show/Hide Grid.
    Ctrl+R - Show/Hide Rulers.


    Layer

    Ctrl+E - Merge Down
    Ctrl+J - New Layer from selection by Copy
    Ctrl+Shift+J - New Layer from selection by Cut
    Ctrl+G - Clipping Group with previous layer
    Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N - New Layer


    Tools

    V - moVe
    M - Marquee (Shift+M, circular Marquee)
    C - Crop
    W - Wand
    B - Brush
    E - Eraser
    S - cloning Stamp
    N - liNe
    T - Type
    K - fill bucKet
    I - Idropper (eyedropper)
    G - Gradient fill
    P - Pen
    O - Dodge / Burn / Saturate (Shift cycles through)
    R - bluR / shaRpen / smeaR (Shift cycles through)
    H - Hand
    Z - Zoom


    Color


    D - Default colours (Foreground/Background to B/W)
    X - Xchange (Swap) foreground/background colours)


    Image tweaks

    Ctrl+M - Gamma Curves
    Ctrl+L - Levels
    Ctrl+U - hUe / saturation / lightness
    Ctrl+B - colour Balance



    Random


    Alt+Backspace - Fill with foreground colour
    Alt+Shift+Backspace - Fill with foreground colour, preserving transparency
    Shift+F5 - Fill dialog box
    [ ] - [Square brackets] Brush size up/down
    ctrl+z - Undo
    ctrl+alt+z - Undo further
    Control + K - Removes the grey/blue box in the top left of your canvas.
    Control + Q - Closes the open document.
    Control + Shift + E - Apply image.
    Shift + Control + S - Save your image.
    Control + O - Open up a image.
    Control + + - Zoom your image in.
    Control + - - Zoom your image out.



    Source: Gamerenders.com


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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    sweet, looks good, thanks for the write up, enjoyed and bookmarked!

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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    This should be stickied..

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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    /sticked


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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    greatone...
    i read this a long time ago and it helped me a lot.

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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    ITs not everything tho..

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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    nice,i learned some
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    Re: Everything You Would Want To Know About Photoshop!, The Tools and Photoshop Short

    Well i think it was skills whowas wondering about layers and im sure (i havent read most of it) that the shortcut to make a layer would have been in here so he wouldve found the answer faster

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