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Q1:What are foreground and background colors?
A1: The foreground color is the uppermost of the two colored squares in the toolbox. It's the color the brush applies. The background color is the lower square. It's the color you see when you erase “paint” from the canvas.
Q2:What's the purpose of the picture at the top of the toolbar?
A2: It's the Adobe Photoshop logo. If you have an Internet connection, clicking the logo will take you to Adobe Online, a place for ideas, tips, and late-breaking Photoshop news.
Q3:Why are there trash cans at the bottom of the History and Layers palettes?
A3: Clicking the trash can for the Layers palette deletes a selected layer. Similarly, clicking the trash can for the History palette deletes a selected history state. You'll learn more about this when we look at undoing in Hour 2, and layers in Hour 11.
Q4:How can I draw a box around some words I've put on my picture?
A4: That's one of the neat things the Shape Tools can do for you. You'll learn how to use them in Hour 13. There are even predrawn word balloons in the Custom shapes palette.


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