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Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier

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Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Tools Panel

In This Chapter

check.png Using the Tools panel

check.png Looking at what each tool does

check.png Creating tool presets

After you have a good grasp of the overall Photoshop environment (described in Book I, Chapter 1), you’re ready to dive into the cache of gadgets that — along with the menus, panels, and dialog boxes — make it all happen. Just like you can use a saw, hammer, and nails to transform a pile of 2x4s into a garden gazebo, you can use the Lasso, Healing Brush, and Smudge tools to convert a mediocre photo into a masterpiece that’s fit for framing. But remember, behind every garden gazebo is a carpenter who knew how to use the tools required to build it.

Turning On the Tools Panel

You can access the Tools panel by choosing Window⇒Tools. Here are a few tips for using the Tools panel:

check.png To quickly hide and show the Tools panel (along with the other panels), press Tab.

check.png To move the Tools panel anywhere within the Photoshop window, drag the title bar. Re-dock the ...

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