Notes and Annotations

To close a Note click the close box in the top-left corner of the Note's title bar.The Note will collapse to an icon on the image. Double-click it to open it again. Make notes and annotations,attach them to images,and learn how to open and save them You can also change the name in the title bar by entering a new one in the field in the Options bar and pressing return. P1 Creating a note could not be easier. _ With the Note tool selected you click on the image where you want the note icon to...

The Measure tool

Taking measurements is very useful for accurate drawings or precise transformations 9 i The Measure tool can be found in the I I tenth tool group along with the Eye Dropper tool.You can use this tool to measure distances,widths and angles directly in the image. Here we can measure the exact size of an object by dragging with the Measure tool. EThe measurement is given in the Options bar,and the Info palette, in this case the line is 280 pixels thick.We can now make a duplicate line with the...

Follow our step-by-step guide to working on vector shapes and multiple paths

Elf you want to edit the points of a vector shape mask then you need to change from the Path Selection to the Direct Selection tool.With this tool active,you are able to click to select individual points in a path or vector shape. Elf you need to select multiple points on a path and move them as one you can drag out a marquee with the Direct Selection tool. Alternatively the usual 'shift to add' maxim holds true Shift +click to add points to the selection that are difficult to select within a...

Brushes offer some of Photoshop's most flexible features. So where can you find them?

The Brush tool can be found in the fourth row of Photoshop's toolbar. When selected, the options bar displays quite a few settings for the current Brush such as Opacity, Flow and whether it is in Airbrush mode or not. There are also pulldown menus for the Apply mode, Brush Shape preset and the new Brush Editing palette. Brushes are used to apply coloured pixels to an image. They take their colour from the current Foreground Colour swatch. The Colour palette can be used to choose colours in a...

"Using Brushes continued

You can change the brush size up and down in 10 point increments using the square bracket keys and . On this month's CD you'll find PDF files that contain all the possible keyboard shortcuts for both PCs and Apple Macs EThis brings us on to the Brushes palette, which is opened by clicking the icon at the top-right of the Options bar.The palette contains a setting called Spacing.This controls how frequently Photoshop places a 'dab'of paint as you drag the brush.The default setting of 25 makes...

The Smudge tool

The Smudge tool is more like a spacial paintbrush than a focus effect - here's why In the focus tool group you'll also find the Smudge tool. Its inclusion in this group is a slightly moot point because it has more in common with the Paintbush, at least in the way it's used. A look at the Smudge tool's options in the Options bar at the top of the Photoshop interface reveals its various properties. There is the usual Brushes Presets drop-down menu, where you can select any of Photoshop's brushes,...

Now let's look at how useful Gradients can be when working creatively in Photoshop

Experiment with all the Layer Blending modes and get a feel for how they affect the image. Some will have similar pleasing effects, while others will just look plain awful. There are technical explanations for each of the Blending modes in your Photoshop Manual or online guide. It's worth going through these to understand exactly what's going on. B3 Another use for gradients is to add I I mood to a Photo. Here's an image of a model looking quite moody, but the picture itself could be even...

Masks

A Layer Folder (aka 'Layer Set') can actually hold two masks a normal layer mask and a vector mask,giving you potential access to four different masks. A bit of detail about masking to help you get the most out of vector layers and masks Photoshop has more masks than you might realise. There is an additional mask in each layer (besides the background layer, which is always 100 opaque) that you don't usually see. This is because it's the layer itself, or rather the surrounding transparent...

And Background Erasers

One is like the Eraser and Magic Wand in one, while the other is ideal for cutting out objects EIn an image such as this it is fairly easy to remove the subject from the background because there is a definite difference in colour between them.Photoshop has many ways of doing this,you could make a selection using the Magic Wand tool then delete it,for instance. E Alternatively you can cut out the middle man (or woman as is quite literally the case here) by using the Magic Eraser tool.With this...

Selection Tools In Photoshop

Making selections is the core of Photoshop's way of working.There are a variety of tools you can use for the purpose, so let's take a look at how to get the most out of them In earlier versions of Photoshop there was no Select tool - one that looked like a traditional arrow cursor, that you would use to select 'objects'. Because Photoshop dealt primarily with pixels, it made no sense to have a Select tool - there were no 'objects' to select. Instead, the selection tools were default tools -...

Using the Warp Text panel

Photoshop won't let you warp text along a path, but there are still plenty of Warp options which you can choose numerous distortion types.This is a simple Arc Warp, set to Vertical mode. E you can access the Warp Text panel by clicking its icon on the Options bar.The panel opens and allows you to distort the selected type using some simple controls. which you can choose numerous distortion types.This is a simple Arc Warp, set to Vertical mode. Because Type Layers are vectors the distortion does...

Vector Shapes

Vector Shapes are new to later versions of Photoshop - here's what they do Next to the Pen tool in the ninth row of the tool bar is the Vector Shape tool. This enables you do draw shapes as vector paths or vector masks by dragging them out in the Layers or Paths palette. With the tool selected you can choose from the Options bar what you want to create. You can select the Pen and Freestyle Pen tool from the Vector Shape tool's Options, but there are also the specific shapes Ellipse, Rectangle,...

Working With The Type Tool In Photoshop

Creating text in Photoshop is quite easy to do, whether it's for artistic effect or simply to add essential information.We'll look at the various options available with the Type tool Type and text has numerous applications in Photoshop. You can create logos, web buttons, cool 3D text, even paragraphs of prose using the Type tool. In earlier versions of the program, text was a very basic affair. You created text as a selection which could be filled with a colour in a layer or applied as a layer...

Discover Photoshop's secret weapon for retouching and photo manipulation

The History Brush lets you paint previous states of the current document over the current state.This makes it a powerful tool for selectively applying filters to an image. The History Brush seems a bit of a mysterious tool in the Photoshop toolbox for both newcomer and veteran alike, and for that reason is one that often gets overlooked. This is usually because veteran Photoshoppers have got used to the way Photoshop used to work before the advent of the History Brush and old habits die hard....

Annotations, Notes And The Measure Tool

Along with the creative tools, Photoshop provides several tools to add accuracy, sound and vision to your work.These fall into two tool groups - notation and measurement tools The 'notations' tools, Note and Annotation, can be found in the tenth row of the toolbar in their own tool group. The Note tool allows you to attach informative notes to Photoshop documents. These can be read by other Photoshop users when the document is opened, so the tool can be very useful when using Photoshop...