Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Tools Panel
In This Chapter
Using the Tools panel
Looking at what each tool does
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:
To quickly hide and show the Tools panel (along with the other panels), press Tab.
To move the Tools panel anywhere within the Photoshop window, drag the title bar. Re-dock the ...