7 most useful tools of Adobe Photoshop

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You get to know the most useful tools of Adobe Photoshop

It is time for you to learn about Photoshop tools. As we all know, Adobe Photoshop is one of the software that every professional in the area of design or photography must use.

In a world in constant technological growth, even if you are not a person dedicated to the area, knowing this wonderful tool is an extra skill that can serve you both in your personal and professional life (even more if you are dedicated to something related to digital marketing).

If this program has always attracted your attention and you want to learn how to make photo retouching or paint with its brushes, the most recommended is to start by knowing the most useful Photoshop tools. In this note we explain what they are and what they are for.

List of Photoshop tools

Selection tools (magic wand, ribbon, etc.)
Tools to create and cut sectors
Retouching tools (clone pad, red eye brushes, etc.)
Painting tools (paint can, gradient, etc.)
Drawing and text tools (brush, pencil, etc.)
Navigation tools (zoom, hand, etc.)

What can you do with Photoshop tools? From selecting specific areas of an image, painting or retouching with artistic brushes, to applying photo effects and generating masks to make your editing more accurate.

Below, we tell you what each of the Photoshop tools is for.
Now, let’s start…

1 Photoshop selection tools

Move Tool

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The simplest of all. Use it when you need to move selections, layers and guides.

Framing tools

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There are four of them and they are used to make rectangular, elliptical, single row and single column selections.

Loop tools

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There are three of them. With the Lasso tool you can select images freehand. The Polygonal Lasso tool allows you to select images from the vertices, while the Magnetic Lasso tool selects the edges of the images automatically, as you move the cursor over the image.

Quick Selection Tool

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Imagine that you want to take an element of an image to another workspace, but without the background. How do you do it? With the help of the quick selection tool. It makes a selection of the area, based on the brightness or texture of the element.

First of all, you should select the area you want to select. You can also increase or decrease the size of the cursor to make the selection as precise as possible (if you want to correct the selection you made, use the brush tool).

Magic wand tool
The magic wand is very similar to the quick selection tool. The difference is that the magic wand makes the selection according to the colors of the pixels (it selects the similar ones). It is a very useful tool when you have an image with solid colors. Usually after using it you do not need to make any modifications to your selection.

2. Photoshop tools to cut and create sectors

They have the function of separating images and creating and selecting sectors. The cutting tools are possibly the most used in Adobe Photoshop, especially by photographers, as they help change the shape of a photograph or remove elements that appear in a shot, but should not be there.

They are as follows:

Crop Tool
Perspective Cutting Tool
Sector Tool
Select sector tool

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3. Photoshop retouching tools

This is one of the most important tool blocks in Photoshop. The retouching tools are 16. Here we tell you about the most useful ones.

Spot correction brush tool

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Did you get a pimple on your forehead the day you had your picture taken? Use this tool in those cases or when you need to remove a stain or object from an image. As the name says, it acts on a specific area.

Correction Brush Tool

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Do you have a photograph you want to restore? Maybe a picture of your parents when they were young? The Correction Brush tool is the right one. Its function is to paint with a sample to repair the imperfections of an image. Very useful.

Red-eye Brush Tool

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Going out with red eyes in a photo is so common. Fortunately, that can be fixed thanks to the Red Eye Brush tool that “magically” removes the red reflection from the flash. Your eyes will regain their original color instantly.

Clone Buffer Tool
If you want to repair a photo with some defect, with this tool everything is easier. It allows you to clone different unwanted parts of a photo or graphic. Just press Alt, click with the mouse in the area you want to clone. Then, release the Alt key and click on the area where you want the cloned part to go, and that’s it.

For Photoshop, it is like painting with a sample of the image we are working on.

Eraser Tool

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As its name says, this Adobe Photoshop tool serves to delete part of an image. It is important to mention that the Eraser tool, like most tools, only has an effect within the layer we have selected. Often, it happens that we try to erase something and it doesn’t. Why does this happen? Because we are not working on the correct layer. So don’t forget to check that detail.

The eraser tool has three ways of erasing: the eraser mode that erases areas by blurring the edges, the background eraser mode that erases areas and leaves them transparent, and the magic eraser mode that erases entire areas according to the area of the image you select.

Blur Tool

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Sometimes the background of a photo is not exactly the best. In those cases, the Blur tool is very useful, since it has the function of softening the hard edges of an image. You can also use it if you want to highlight the character or object in a photo.

4. Photoshop painting tools

Brush Tool

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It is the favorite tool of many people who are involved in graphic design and illustration. With it you can emulate the strokes, effects and shapes that can be achieved with a real brush. In addition, you can modify its thickness, color and intensity.

Its use is so popular that there is a wide variety of Photoshop brushes on the web. There are watercolor, ink, oil, smoke, etc. effects.

Some graphic designers usually share for free or put on sale special brush sets. By the way, if you want to build your brush collection, be sure to download this (huge) free Photoshop brush pack (then don?t say we didn?t warn you).

Mixing brush tool
As Adobe explains, this tool allows you to simulate realistic painting techniques. That means you can mix the colors on the canvas and vary the humidity of the paint.

Paint Canister Tool

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This is another of the most used and useful tools. Its function is to fill contiguous areas of similar colors with the front color. Often, the Paint Bucket is used to paint or color drawings. Don’t know how to do it? Here we explain you how to paint in Photoshop step by step.

Clone Buffer Tool
If you want to repair a photo with some defect, with this tool everything is easier. It allows you to clone different unwanted parts of a photo or graphic. Just press Alt, click with the mouse in the area you want to clone. Then, release the Alt key and click on the area where you want the cloned part to go, and that’s it.

5. Photoshop drawing and text tools

Text Tools

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These tools are basic, but key when working with designs. They offer all kinds of editing options. They can be modified, rasterized, used on different photos or images, change colors, and even add effects. They also allow you to write vertically or horizontally, etc.

One of their advantages is that after making modifications you can change the text dynamically without losing details.

Pen Tools

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The function of this tool is to create and modify paths or shapes with anchor points and handlers. These paths are soft-edged.

6. How to use Photoshop?

First of all, you have to get familiar with Photoshop interface. That means that you have to know the area where you will work (or the parts of Photoshop). We refer to the following:

  • The menu bar: here you will find the menus that will allow you to access a variety of commands, settings and panels such as File, Edit, Image and others.
  • The options bar: shows you the options of the tool you are using. You can find it under the menu bar.
  • The panels: for example, the Color, Layers and Properties panels (located on the right). But there are more. To explore them all, go to the Window menu.
  • The tool panel (which we have just seen)
  • The document window: which is nothing more than the space in the center.
  • Once you have explored the above, go to the menu bar and open an image: select File > Open

Then, you can try other essential Photoshop tools like Zoom (enlarges or reduces the view of an image) and Hand (helps you to scroll through images). So, until you get to…

The layers in Photoshop
To get an overview of how Adobe Photoshop works, you must understand what layers are. These are like transparent “sheets” stacked one on top of the other, where you can see what is under each layer in its transparent areas.

As Adobe explains, Photoshop layers “contain images, text or objects that make up a layered file” and have the ability to move elements or change the opacity of an object. They have several functions, including adding text or other graphics to an image.

7. How to crop an image in Photoshop?

Next you can learn how to crop an image in Photoshop. It is not complicated. In this tutorial you will find three different methods, so practice!


Adobe Photoshop CC from scratch

If you want to learn even more, you can find a lot of Photoshop course from scratch where you will learn how to use all the tools, effects and functions of this software. This way you will achieve professional work of very high quality.