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Photoshop Faq (tools, Tutorials, Fonts)

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#1 dark messenger

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:02 PM

Right I wrote this three years ago, but its pretty much still the same. I think.


Marquee tool (M)

For making selections on you image. With the selections, you can select whole images, certain areas, move, and copy or delete them.

Move tool (V)
For moving either layers or selections

Healing brush tool (J)
For corrections to parts of images, similar to the clone tool.

Lasso tool (L)
Similar to the marquee tool, for making selections. However, you can select more detailed areas.

Crop tool ( C)
Changes the size of the image. Select the area you would like to keep, then double click inside the selection to crop the image

Magic wand tool (W)
A selection tool. You can delete large areas depending on the tolerance of the image.

Slice tool (K)
Used for slicing up images into different sections. You can save the image as web pages.

History brush tool (Y)
Similar to pressing the undo button, allows you to undo certain tasks to your image.

Eraser tool (E)
The name says it all. You can use it to delete parts of your image

Paint bucket and gradient tool (G)
The paint bucket tool is used to fill large areas of an image with a specific colour or pattern. The gradient tool is used to apply a gradient across an image or a selection to make a desired effect.

Brush and Pencil tool (B )
For drawing. There are different types of brushes to use, which can be different colours if you use the colour picker.

Clone stamp tool (S)
For cloning one area of an image and using it for editing, or for placing it somewhere else on the image.

Smudge, blur and sharpen tool ( R)
Name says it all. The smudge tool smudges to blend images. The blur to blurs, can be used smoothen parts of images and their edges. The sharpen tool sharpens, can be used to sharpen the edges or a whole image, to make it look more..sharp.

Dodge, burn and sponge tool (O)
For toning images. The dodge tool lightens an image, the burn tool darkens and image, the sponge tool desaturates it.

Path tool (A)
Used for selecting paths made with the pen tool. You can alter the shape made with the pen tool by using the direct selection tool

Type tool (T)
For adding text to images.

Eyedropper tool (I)
Used for selecting exact colours already on the workspace.

Notes tool (N)
For adding notes or annotations to parts of an image. Useful when you have to go, and so you can be reminded when you come back of what you were doing.

Hand tool (H)
For moving around image. Can be used to move your position on an image when zoomed in

Pen tool (P)
Used for making complex shapes, you can come out with very good shapes, but this is a very hard tool to use.

Shape and line tool (U)
Used for making shapes and lines. However, if you want to make your own shape, use the pen tool.

Zoom tool (Z)
For zooming in and out of an image. To patch up things, and to improve the detail..


1) How do I make my work area (canvas) Transparent?
2) How do I make a selection transparent?
3) How do I save my images as .jpg .bmp .gif or .psd
4) How do I make pixel boarders and 3px boarders?

1. Open a new document and where there is a drop down menu labelled background contents, change whatever setting there is to Transparent. Make sure you save your image as a .gif file if there will be transparencies.

2. Use either the marquee tool (m) or the lasso tool (l) to make you selection and then press delete. If this is on one layer, and you have layers below, then click on the layers below and delete also until you see the white and grey checkers which symbolise transparency. Once again, donít forget to save the image as a .gif file, other wise the transparencies will just turn out as white on your image.

3. Press ctrl+shift+s or click file --> save as. Then where there is a drop down menu labelled format, change it to the desired format that you would like for your image.

4. To make pixel boarders, click edit --> stroke and then choose the colour you want and make the width 1px. Then click the inside button, to make the boarder on the inside of your image. Then click ok.
For 3px boarders follow the above steps but make the width 3px and black. Then select your pencil tool and choose a colour other that black
(try white, contrasting colours are good) with the size of 1px and then draw around the middle of the 3px stroke you have given the image. Once done, you should have a black white black boarder which will look very effective.

Brushes, Fonts and Tutorials


How to install the brushes:

1) Unzip the file in your unzipping program. :thumbsup: (Winzip, Winrar, etc)

2) Extract the brush file to C:/ -> PHOTOSHOP -> BRUSHES.

3) Once photoshop is open, select the brush tool then click the little arrow on the side , a panel will open, choose "Load Brushes".

4) Select the file you downloaded.

Sniperjrd - G101 Design
When u download it, put it in the following:

1. Photoshop CS2
2. Presets
3. Brushes
4. Adobe Photoshop Only

Place brush there, and then you do this in Adobe Photoshop

Click on Brush

1. Go to top, click on down arrow
2. Look to top right of drop down, another arrow! click it
4. Click on the .ABR Brush Set

IF you are getting your brushes from deviantART, and they come in a .abr file instead of a .zip file, choose "Save As..." and make sure that the file goes to your desktop. From there, select the file and go Right Click > Cut (ctrl+x). Then open photoshop, or go to your photoshop brushes file and just paste (ctrl+v) it there.

Brush Sites/Makers:

Note: Some of these might be out of date.

Tutorial Sites


Note: I pinched some sites that HitSquad mentioned Here


How to install the fonts:

Extract to the file C:\WINDOWS\FONTS\ If the font did not come as a zip file, then just cut and paste it into the folder.

Font Sites:


It needs updating, but should still answer the most basic questions. Also, somebody who uses Photoshop CS or better, please add the new tools and descriptions, I dont have it, so dont know them :flowers:

Hope it helps, and everyone is ok with me posting this. :trumpet:

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