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Chapter 1. Tool and Palette Primer > Basic Editing Tools

Basic Editing Tools

You'll find, just as you've seen with the majority of Photoshop's features, 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

In Photoshop, you have two choices for painting: the Paintbrush (Brush) tool or the Pencil tool. The only difference between the two is that the Paintbrush always delivers a soft-edged stroke—even a hard-edged brush used with the Brush tool produces a slightly blended edge—whereas the Pencil tool produces a truly crisp edge (Figures 1.41 and 1.42).


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