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Photoshop provides three paint tools: pencil, paintbrush, and airbrush. You also get six edit tools: smudge, blur, sharpen, burn, dodge, and sponge. Figure 5-1 shows all the tools along with the keyboard shortcuts for selecting them.

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Figure 5-1: The three paint tools and six edit tools; note that the pencil and paintbrush now share a toolbox slot and a keyboard shortcut.

Figure 5-1: The three paint tools and six edit tools; note that the pencil and paintbrush now share a toolbox slot and a keyboard shortcut.

When two or more tools share a slot in the toolbox, click or drag on the arrow in the lower corner of the tool icon to display a flyout menu of all the tools, as shown in Figure 5-1. Or you can just press the keyboard shortcut listed in the menu to cycle through the tools. However, if you turn on the Use Shift Key for Tool Switch option in the General panel of the Preferences dialog box (Ctrl+K), you must press Shift and the shortcut to switch tools.

You can vary the performance of the paint and edit tools by using the controls on the new Options bar, which contains tool settings formerly accessed through the Options palette and the Brushes palette. If you don't see the Options bar, shown in Figure 5-2, double-click any tool icon or just press Enter to display it. You also can choose Windows ^ Show Options. If you want to keep other palettes close by, you can dock them in the Options bar, which appears if you set your monitor's screen resolution to display more than 800 pixels horizontally. Just drag the palette tab to the docking well, labeled in Figure 5-2. Upcoming sections in this chapter explain all the ways to adjust the paint and edit tools. Check out Chapter 2 for more details about the Options bar.

If you want to return a tool to its default settings, click the tool's icon at the left end of the Options bar and choose Reset Tool from the pop-up menu. Click Reset All Tools to return every tool back to its original state.

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Reset tool(s) Options bar

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Figure 5-2: Tool settings formerly contained in the Options and Brushes palettes now hang out in the Options bar.

Cross- In addition to the paint and edit tools, Photoshop 6 provides a set of tools for drawing

Reference^ vector objects. I cover these tools in Chapter 14.

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