In 30 Days to Learn Photoshop

2.3 Tool Panel

This is where every tools are located like selection tool, brush tool, eraser tool, gradient tool, crop tool etc. I am going to explain each tool in a separate chapter.

Just for the sake of introduction, I am going to write every tool that you can find in tool panel.

  • Marquee Tool
    Fig-2.9-Tool-Panel - Day 2: Interface of Photoshop ● 30 Days to Learn Photoshop

    Fig 2.9 Tool Panel

  • Move Tool
  • Lasso Tool
  • Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool
  • Crop Tool
  • Eyedropper Tool
  • Heal Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Clone Stamp Tool
  • History Brush Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Gradient Tool
  • Sharpen, Blur, Sponge Tool
  • Dodge and Burn Tool
  • Pen Tool
  • Text Tool
  • Anchor Tool
  • Shape Tool
  • Hand Tool
  • Zoom Tool
  • Foreground/Background color
  • Quick Mask mode
  • Screen Mode

You can also change the layout of tool panel by clicking on the two arrows located at the top left.

2.4 Option Bar

This bar is specific to the tool you are using means that it changes tool by tool. The main function of this tool is to provide extra settings to the tool you are using.

Below is the screenshot of the option bar for Brush Tool.

Fig-2.11-Option-Bar - Day 2: Interface of Photoshop ● 30 Days to Learn Photoshop

Fig 2.11 Option Bar

It will be covered along with the tools that I’ll be covering in coming chapters.

2.5 Photoshop Panels

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Fig 2.12 Photoshop Panels

This panel(s) are user oriented. Means unlike tool panel, option bar, and menu bar, you can choose what panels should display and what shouldn’t. You’ll get to know these tools more as days pass by.

This panel gives you flexibility to keep whatever panels you use most. For example, I keep my layer, adjustment, and swatches panel here as I use them most. You can choose which panels to display by going to Window in the menu bar and click on the panels. Each panel has its own use and advantages.

I will be explaining some of the panels that we use regularly. Some of the panels will not be covered in this course as either they are not of much importance or they are too advanced for a novice or a beginner.

2.6 Workspace

I said earlier that it is basically not a component of photoshop interface but I’d like to keep it here. Workspace gives you various layout that is suitable for photographers, designers etc. For a novice, I suggest you to use Essential layout, but as you learn more, you would like to keep the layout that comforts you most.

2.7 That’s all for Today

This is all for today. Today’s chapter was much more difficult than yesterday’s but it worth’s reading as it is the building block of photoshop. Without understanding photoshop fully, you may learn how to use photoshop, but it will take much time than it should.

I again suggest you not to search anything on internet or YouTube for the things that you learnt today. The things that you learnt today is more than enough and you will not find any article on internet that is explained as nicely as this chapter. However, I would like to you practice what you just learnt. For example, you can change the layout using workspace, add new panels in the photoshop panel bar, see what’s inside edit menu etc.

So that’s all for today. See you in the next chapter.

Vaibhav Sharan
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