Context Menus

Every Photoshop tool includes context-sensitive menus that you access by Control/right-clicking directly on the image. These menus give you tremendous control over each tool. Rather than going through the menu of every tool here, I suggest you open an image and go through the context menus of each tool. In exchange for that, I'll review the most important context menus you should be aware of. Note that pressing Shift brings up different context menus. For some tools, the context menu will change depending on the state of the tool or file at the time. For example, notice the difference of the context menu for any selection tool with and without an active selection (as shown in figures 1.17 and 1-IN, respectively) and after using a filter (as seen in figure 1.19).

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Context menu for any selection tool when there is an active selection.

Context menu for any selection tool when there is an active selection.

Context menu for any selection tool when tltere is an active selection and after applying a filter.

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Context menu for any selection tool when tltere is an active selection and after applying a filter.

Brush Context and Controls

While you are using the painting, exposure, and sharpening tools, Control/right-clicking brings up the Brush Presets picker to edit brush size quickly, as shown in figure 1.20 when the Small Thumbnail option is selected. Shift-Control/Shift-right-clicking brings up the Blending Modes context menu (see figure 1.21).

The context menu of the Painting tools.

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The context menu of the Painting tools.

Accessing the blending modes of the paint, exposure, and sharpening tools.

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Accessing the blending modes of the paint, exposure, and sharpening tools.

The context menus for the healing tools differ from the painting tools. With the Spot Healing Brush active, Control/right-click to access the Healing tool's specific brush settings menu (see figure 1.21). Pressing Shift-Control/Shift-right-click lets you choose the Blend Modes, as you see in iigure 1.23.

The context menu of the Spot Healing Brush.

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The context menu of the Spot Healing Brush.

The Spot and Healing Brush require fewer blending modes to be effective.

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The Spot and Healing Brush require fewer blending modes to be effective.

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