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Part 1. Getting Started with Photoshop > Task 2 How to Use the Toolbox

Task 2 How to Use the Toolbox

Each time you launch Photoshop, the toolbox appears on the screen, usually in the upper-left corner. In the process of editing an image, you will go to the toolbox frequently to choose various selection, painting, and specialty tools. This task outlines what you'll find in the toolbox and how to access it.

1.
Open the Photoshop Toolbox

The toolbox should appear automatically on the desktop, but it can be closed, which means you'll have to reopen it. To open the toolbox, choose Window, Tools.

2.
Select a Photoshop Tool

Click a tool to select it. If the tool button contains a small triangle in the lower-right corner, that tool offers additional tool options in a pop-out menu. Click and hold the tool button to view the pop-out menu and drag through the pop-out menu to select one of the additional tools.

3.
Open the ImageReady Toolbox

The ImageReady toolbox should appear on the desktop as soon as ImageReady opens. Like its Photoshop counterpart, the ImageReady toolbox also can be closed, requiring you to reopen it. To open the toolbox in ImageReady, choose Window, Tools.

4.
Select an ImageReady Tool

Click a tool to select it. If the tool button contains a small triangle in the lower-right corner, that tool offers additional tool options in a pop-out menu. Click and hold the tool button to view the pop-out menu and drag through the pop-out menu to select one of the additional tools.

5.
Jump Between ImageReady and Photoshop

Click the Jump To button at the bottom of either the Photoshop or the ImageReady toolbox to move between Photoshop and ImageReady. This technique is especially useful when you have a file open and want to use features from both applications. You can also perform this command from a menu by selecting File, Jump to, Photoshop/ImageReady or by pressing +Shift+M (Mac users) or Ctrl+Shift+M (Windows users).


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