Photoshop is the best photo editing software through which you can edit your photos. There are several tools in Photoshop but we do not need all the tools for our edits.
In the below given image, you can see all the tools on the Photoshop toolbar. There are eight most useful & important tools that you must be familiar with.
- Selection Tool
- Lasso tool
- Eyedropper Tool
- Eraser Tool
- Paint bucket tool
- Patch Tool
- Brush Tool
- Pen Tool
- Type Tool
- Shape Tool
1. Selection Tools
Using the selection tool you can select any area of the image. Through the selection, you are able to isolate that area from the rest of the image, so that you can as examples; delete that selected area or change the colour of that selected area. Quick selection and magic wand tool are two types of selection tools.
2. Lasso Tools
Lasso tools include three tools, polygonal lasso tool, magnetic lasso tool and normal lasso tool. This is also something like a selection tool but its more specific. We can select edges (borders) of the image more accurately by using this tool. This tool enables you to add to selection, subtract from selection and intersect with selection.
3. Eyedropper Tool
Eyedropper Tool is used to identifying colours (sample colours) of the image. In every Photoshop project you will need to work with colours. Once you select the colour in the image using the eyedropper tool, foreground colour will change automatically. You can switch between foreground colour and background colour by pressing the X key.
4. Eraser Tool
Photoshop has three types of erasing tools. They are normal eraser tool, background eraser tool and magic eraser tool. Normal erase tool is a bit different from the other tools. It behaves like the brush tool in Photoshop as it can change its form in to any shape from the brushes palette.
5. Paint bucket tool
We can fill areas using the paint bucket. Most commonly this tool is used to fill your selection with colours. For selecting colour you can click foreground colour and choose the desired colour. Then it will automatically be added in the paint bucket tool.
6. Patch Tool
This tool helps to remove an unnecessary element of the image. It will replace part of the image by taking the pattern of colours in its sorrounding in to consideration. This is a great tool which you should use on the right time.
7. Brush Tool
Brush tool which can also be called a paint tool consists of several shapes. There are many brushes in the Photoshop but we don’t need to use all of these. You should choose the proper brush according to your task. Through Windows > Brushes you can see all the brushes in the brush pallet and also clicking brush settings you can add brush textures to the selected brush.
8. Pen Tool
The pen tool is primarily used for selection purposes. Selection may be either a path or a custom shape drawn by us. The path will be saved and can be seen on the path pallet on right side of the Photoshop window. Through Windows > Path you can navigate path as well.
9. Type Tool
If you need to add some text on to your image you should use type tool. Basically there are two types; one is horizontal type tool and another one is vertical type tool. In addition, we are able to change the font colour, font size, font weight and also font family. For that you should go to Windows >Character then you will see the pallet including the above attributes.
10. Shape Tool
There are six sub tools; Rectangle, Rounded rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, line and Custom shape tool. Shapes box is displayed in the menu bar when you are selecting custom shape tool. Using shapes we can design web layouts, web elements, brochure layouts and some unique creative designs.