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Hour 1. The Basics > Tool Options Bar

Tool Options Bar

Prior to the last version of Photoshop, tool options were set on a palette just like Layers or History. With version 6, we learned to use the Tool Options bar instead. As you change tools, the bar changes according to whatever options are available for that tool. If it's been turned off, click Show Options in the Window menu, or simply double-click any tool to open it.

There's a new option on the bar, called the Tool Preset menu. It's at the far left of the toolbar, which is shown in Figure 1.8 with the Brush options active. Use tool presets to save specific option sets for tools you use often. Also, the Airbrush is now a button on the Paintbrush Tool Options bar, rather than a separate tool.



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