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Photoshop 6.0 Toolbar Explained

Photoshop 6.0 Toolbar Explained - A guide to each tool of one of the most used image editing program on the planet

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A digital artist, just like a workman, can benefit from a range of tools. We all know tools are kept in a toolbox and Photoshop has something similar. All the tools you need are located in a toolbar that appears when you open the program. Here you will find all the essential brushes, selection tools and type tools to give you access to a vast range of controls that can be used to work wonders with your pictures. To help you understand the tools and how they work we have created a series of mini tutorials. Simply use your mouse to move the title of each toolbar item to see a description of the tool and what it offers. If the tool sounds interesting, click on the icon to link to a tutorial.

Shortcut keys
When you're working with Photoshop you can access tools without clicking on them by using a shortcut key:. Where available we've listed these with the description

Where there are multiple options hold down the ctrl (PC) alt (MAC) + shortcut key: to scroll through the choices.

Photoshop 6.0 Toolbar Explained

Clicking here connects you directly to the Adobe website.

Marquee tool - Shortcut key: M
Marquees are used to select areas of an image.

Move tool Shortcut key: V
This is used to move a selection within the canvas.

Lasso tool Shortcut key: L
Three types of Lasso are available to help you select around an area of the image. Allso view our repairing images technique

Magic Wand tool Shortcut key: W
This tool is used to select a range of pixels with similar colour values.

Crop tool Shortcut key: C
Use this to crop the image removing unwanted surroundings.

Slice tool Shortcut key: K
These are used to cut an image up into invisible sections that can have actions applied when you roll over or click on that area in a web page.

Airbrush tool Shortcut key: J
Use this to paint colour on to an image in the way an airbrush would be used.

Paintbrush and Pencil tool Shortcut key: B
These are used to draw and paint onto an image.

Clone Stamp Tool Shortcut key: S
This tool, also known as rubber stamp, is used to sample pixels from one area of an image and paint them into another area replicating the detail.

History tool Shortcut key: K
Allows you to paint back from a previous History state.

Eraser tool Shortcut key: E
Use this to remove pixels that you move over with the cursor.

Gradient and Paint Bucket tool Shortcut key: G
The gradient tool fills a selected area with a gradient of pre-selected colour and the paint bucket is used to fill a selected area with colour.

Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools Shortcut key: R
The blur and sharpen tools are used to increase or decrease sharpness while the smudge blurs areas by effectively smudging pixels colours together.

Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools Shortcut key: O
Use dodge and burn to increase or decrease exposure locally and the sponge controls the colour saturation of the area below the cursor.

Path Selection tool Shortcut key: A
Use this to move either paths or anchor points.

Type tool Shortcut key: T
The type tool is used to add text to your pictures.

Pen tool Shortcut key: P
Use this tool to make smooth selections and paths around objects.

Line and Vector Shape tool Shortcut key: U
Use these to add various shapes to your pictures, which can then be bevelled using layer effects.

Note tool Shortcut key: N
Use these to add text or sound message to pictures.

Eye-dropper tool Shortcut key: I
The eye-dropper samples colour from pixels in the image.

Hand tool Shortcut key: H
This moves the area being viewed on screen.

Zoom tool Shortcut key: Z
Use the zoom tool to magnify or reduce the image displayed on screen

Foreground & Background colour Shortcut key: X
The foreground colour will appear when you paint using brushes, fill tools and gradients.
The Background colour appears when you erase, delete selections or apply gradients.

Standard mode Shortcut key: Q
The standard viewing mode without a mask.

Quick Mask mode Shortcut key: Q
Switches to a Quick Mask mode that displays a mask to help you make advanced selections.

Screen Mode Shortcut key: F
Switches between Standard screen (left), Full screen with menus (middle) and Full screen with no menus (right). It's used to work without the clutter of menus and palettes.

Program Link
This jumps straight into Adobe Image Ready, using the same image that you're currently working on in Photoshop.

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