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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > Basic Editing Tools

Basic Editing Tools

Like the majority of Photoshop's features, you'll find that there's more than meets the eye with the editing tools. For now, we'll cover their most obvious applications, but as you make your way through the rest of the book, keep in mind that these deceivingly simple tools can perform some remarkable tricks. For example, the painting and gradient tools can be used for more than just painting and adding color—they can also be used for making intricate selections, compositing photos, and creating cool fadeouts. You can use them to create an infinite number of dazzling effects.

Painting Tools

Although each of the painting tools gives you a slightly different end result, they all share the same basic settings; only a few settings are unique to each tool. Before we dive into their options, let's look at the basic difference between the Pencil, Paintbrush, and Airbrush tools.


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