Annotations, Notes And The Measure Tool

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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 collaboratively. It can also be very handy for creating teaching aids in an educational environment.

Taking this one step further is the Annotation tool. This allows you to add sound clips to images that can be played by double-clicking their icon. This again provides a useful way to communicate with others working on a project, or for producing learning aids directly within the program.

Measure for measure

The measurement tools are very useful utilities in Photoshop. The Measure tool itself lets you measure distances and angles, providing you with precise information that you can use in conjunction with other tools in Photoshop. You can measure the distance between two points, or the total horizontal distance covered, plus you can snap the tool to grids and guides when more precise measurements are needed.

The Eye Dropper and Colour Sampler are essential when working

Page 103 Sound clips can be added to Page 105 Choose the foreground or images, with a microphone backround colour with the Eye Dropper

Page 102 Add notes to images to use as a handy reminder later on

Page 103 Sound clips can be added to Page 105 Choose the foreground or images, with a microphone backround colour with the Eye Dropper

Page 102 Add notes to images to use as a handy reminder later on

Page 105 Sampling options can read Page 106 The Colour Sample toolputs Page 107 Use the Measure tool to help the perceived colour from a noisy image up to four sample points on an image straighten out crooked images and scans

professionally with colour, but are also very useful on a day-to-day basis for any Photoshop user. The Eye Dropper can be accessed in various ways in Photoshop. For instance, when the Colour Picker is open, if you move your cursor off the Colour Picker panel and over the image, the cursor automatically changes to an Eye Dropper, enabling you to sample the colour of any pixel. The tool can also be toggled on and off by holding down the [Alt] key when a Brush tool is selected.

The Colour Sampler is like the Eye Dropper tool on steroids. You can sample a maximum of four points simultaneously and read their values in the Info palette. This can be extremely useful when making colour adjustments because the Info palette displays the original values both of the sampled pixels and the adjusted values.

Colour by numbers

The great advantage of these colour measurement tools is that you don't need to rely on your eye or the dubious colour characteristics of your computer monitor. Instead, you can see the exact values numerically. This accuracy is a real bonus for professional printing needs, but also for achieving good results on a home colour photo printer.

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