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Chapter 3 .  Adding Content with Tools  > Working with Painting Tools

Working with Painting Tools

Photoshop combines features of both paint programs—which paint to change the color of pixels in the image, so that you cannot later select painted objects—and draw programs— which create objects that can be selected, edited, and rearranged later. The images you create with a paint program work much like drawing or painting on paper; to make a change, you need to erase or replace something, which can be tricky if you accidentally erase or paint over an adjoining area. A draw program works more like a collage, where you can pick up the individual collage pieces to move, resize, or reshape them. The steps in this section focus on using drawing tools that basically color different pixels (color dots) in the picture.

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Photoshop places painted information on the background layer by default. You can separate painted information by placing it on different layers in the file, which enables you to move and work with the painted information independent of other information in the image. See Chapter 8, “Working with Layers,” to learn how to place content on different layers in an image.


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