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Photoshop Fundamentals: Class #1 Using the Tools Panel

teacher avatar Michael Lemma, Designer & Photographer

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7 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Tools intro

    • 2. Move tool

    • 3. Marquee Tool

    • 4. Lasso Tool

    • 5. Quick Selection

    • 6. Crop Tool

    • 7. Eyee Dropper Tool

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In this Class Youll Learn

  • Learn the basics of the tools panel
  • Learn how to use the Move Tool
  • Marquee Tools
  • Lasso Tools
  • Crop Tool
  • Eye Dropper Tool.

See how to use each tool and their purpose with simple project examples.


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Michael Lemma

Designer & Photographer


Mike is a successful designer. He worked for a hot startup in the Techn Industry. He grew up in California and received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Also has recieved his minor in Architecture. He has studied art and design since he was seven.

He's had clients that have ranged from NY Red Bulls, The Amazing Spider-man, Coors Light, AMC's Breaking Bad, Powerade, Verizon, and more.

His specialty is UI/UX, Branding, Corporate Identity, Poster Design, Logo Design, Package Design, Web Design, Concept Design, Matte Painting, Photography and Art Direction. He is the founder of the website exhbit.

He has gained inspiration while traveling the world and recently wrote and published a book on his travels. He's had articles writ... See full profile

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1. Tools intro: everyone. And welcome to the lecture. In this course, we will be talking about the tools panel, which is over here in the side. And I'm gonna break up this course into actually a couple different courses just so we can have different parts to talk about the tool pound because there is so much involved in tool panel. I don't want to drag it out to an hour long. Ah, for you guys watching it consecutively. So I'm gonna be breaking out into section. So the first section, which is class will be talking about is the top tier of this tool panel. We talked about the move tool, the marquee tool, last little tool, quick selection crop and the eyedropper. And then the next class will be talking about these set of tools and then the following class, the set of tools. And then the last class will be talking about these set of tools down here as you can see their individual markers going across the way. And that is what is breaking up the tool panel. And that's what I'm gonna be using to indicate to break up the tool panels will be working away from the top and going all the way to the bottom. Now you should automatically have the tool panel set up in your photo shop document. If you don't go to essentials and this clicking, it should pop up. If not, goto windows and then go down to tools. And if it's not checked, it's clicking and it will be checked. Right? So that's we're gonna be talking about in this class. I'll see you guys in the next lecture. 2. Move tool: Welcome back in this lecture will be talking about the move tool, which is the first tool on the tool panel. Now, as you'll see, there's all these little tiny, tiny arrows at the bottom right hand corner. All these tools and this will indicate that the tool has a drawer that opens up already dropped down. Now, in this particular tool will only be talking about the move tool. The art board tool is a completely different lecture, and I'll make an entire class devoted just to the art board tool because there's a lot to know about that new feature in Adobe Photoshopped CC 2015. And, uh, just so you know, this is what I'm using. Anything I mentioned in this class or this course can be applied to see us three CS four CS five CS, six cc cc 2014 c c. 2015. So everything should be a okay for you to know. There are some tools that aren't in the past versions of photo shop. I don't remember off the top of my head, I do know that some of them are relatively new. For example, the quick selection to I think came into play about CS five. Um, and I believe it's in CS four. It's been a while since I use it, so don't quote me on that. Let's go ahead and talk about the move tool and jump right on it. So this is your number one tool you will always use in photo shop. It is the pretty much one tool that you'll be using 100% of the time. Uh, what did move tool does is exactly what it is is it is a move tool, and that is to move objects on your canvas or your art board that you're working in. And there were a few different tricks to using the move tool. And that's what I'm gonna be talking about today in this lecture. So I'm gonna go ahead and just show you what it does. You click on a layer and then you can move around an object within your art board. You can move it off the art board. You could move in the art board place in different parts of the campus. It is that simple. Ah, but to actually click things with in the actual campus, that is where it gets a little confusing. I don't want you to get Teoh weary. Oh, my God. What do I click on? But as you can see here in my layers panel, which will talk about, um, another class, the layers I have going on here are all folders. Don't worry about that. I will just explain about the layer itself. So if I want to get to this particular image that I have on my board, I can just click it and then it should automatically just go to that layer. But when you're working with several layers on the right and nothing's there, then you're gonna have a bit of an issue. So in order to click on the actual piece of the layer so you can have it select automatically when you have a lot of things going on in the layers panel, you want to go up here to this menu, make sure that your move tool is selected. A click auto select. Now, obviously nothing has changed on the board is just a check mark that popped up. But that's all right, because watch when I click on this photo shop symbol, it automatically selects the layer for me. Now, this is a cool little trick if you want to start clicking on things when you're working with hundreds and hundreds of layers and not to say that you guys will be. But if you ever do or you download a document from the Internet and there's a lot of layers , this is a cool little trick to find the particular layer you need to work on. Now, if this layer isn't I'm sorry if this check box is not checked and we want to select that layer, there is a quick shortcut to do so. And this is how you do it hover over the object that you want to click and hold the command key on your Mac. I'm not sure what the key is on the PC. Believe it is the Ault key, but don't quote me on that. So if you hold down the command key if you look up here, it's going toe. Add the check mark for me automatically as a short cut, but it's not going to place it, um, as a permanent check. It's just gonna put it there temporarily. So I go ahead and hold the command King click, it will automatically put me to the layer that I need to access, and that is a really cool, um, little quick trick that you can use for using the move toe. Now you might see here that there is this drop down that says Layer. Now, if we do check it, it will select the layer that we selected. But if we click the drop down, it'll say group, and in this case we have a lot of different group folders. And what that will do is select the Group folder, the parent folder of all these different layers within that fuller, and it will tell me that it is in a particular folder. So if I go ahead and select the microphones or the headphones, it'll highlight the headphones folder. That's pretty standard straightforward there. Now, if it's obviously often we click somewhere on the campus, it's not going to select anything on the layers because, well, we're not indicating what you want to click on unless we're holding down the command, keen clicking or if we have it selected as actual layers to select a particular layer we want to select. That is everything you need to know on the move to on how to use it with some quick tricks . I know it gets a little confusing with all these different folders on the side. And just to give you a really, really simple way of understanding it, I'm gonna go ahead and just move this symbol outside of its folder just so you can see what it looks like as a normal layer when there are no folders available. And that's technically what it would look like if would add a lair. And there you have it. I believe that one really click quick, and then again, if I'm selecting it, it's not going to select it unless I hold down the command key and click. Or if I have this checked and select, uh, the layer that I want to be on. And there you have it. So that is the move tool. It is purposely to move objects around. Very straightforward, very simple. Now, please remember, do not get this too confused with this tool down here, as this tool is used for paths. So there's a called a direct select tool will talk about that in another section of a class will have later down the road. Like I said, this will be class one. This will be class to this will be class three. It Lena cost three section. We'll be talking about these, so do not get thes mixed up with the move tool. They're two completely different tools. So all you really need to worry about. It's just moving everything on the campus. Everything I told you. You just click. Make sure that check Marcus selected, or you can select it purposely and select the layers you need. You do not need to worry about any other type of controls at the top of these, um, menu bar, if you will. These air generally just to straighten out the piece that you want to be working in. But that's a conversation for another time. Don't want to overload you on any information. You do not need to worry about any drop downs here, Um, or anything up there. Just this menu here, where you see Auto select. All right, so that's it. I'll see you guys in the next lecture. 3. Marquee Tool: Hey, everyone in this lecture, we're gonna be talking about the Marquis tools and how you can use them in your photography or pieces of works that you're gonna be working in And Photoshopped. I'm gonna try to use all realistic examples so you can understand how to use it as properly in your works. I'm gonna go ahead and just dive on in if we go ahead and select the marquee tool, are defaulted automatically and will be the rectangular marquee tool. Now, what is a marquee tool? Well, basically, it is a shape selecting tool where it selects particular shapes. Um, that you can manually draw out over a particular part of the image you're not selecting automatically. You are doing it manually. So if I click and drag, I will drag a long rectangle going down the building. And then there you have it. You have drawn a rectangular marquee tool. Now it's not just for drawing shapes you can use for other purposes by using it to fill in for colors, but saying once at a color you can do that. You can use it for, um transforming and and, uh, selecting specific images to make them bigger or smaller instead of actually doing it manually, which we'll talk about next in the next class. But you can also use it for doing things like selecting multiple sections of an image. So if I wanted to select these windows, zoom out there a bit, I'm gonna go ahead and draw my marquee tool over the window. But if I wanted to add on and not do it individually by selecting each one, that would be very painful. But if you hold down the shift key, you can draw another one that will also remain selected. And I can do that across the board, and that will save me a lot of time. When I need to select specific shapes in my photograph or a piece of work that I'm working in, go ahead and do this. As you can see, that isn't really a line properly cause like over select in some areas, and that's OK, and I'm gonna show you what you need to do to get rid of it. If you want to get rid of it, all you have to do is hold the Ault or option key on your Mac or believe the all can your PC and then select over the area you don't want. Now, if you look at the little crosshairs at the bottom right hand corner, you'll see a little minus sign. This means it is getting rid of the areas that you don't want to go ahead and do that. And there you go, there all gone with the regular select areas that I want it to remain in. I can also get very detailed zooming in and looking at the pixels and doing it pixel by pixel. But you know, we don't necessarily have to do that in this case. No one really goes pixel for pixel on this, your very, very, um, nitty gritty about that stuff. So if I go ahead and zoom out, it looks like all my windows are selected. But another thing that we can use the marquee tool for is to duplicate the particular image that we're working in. So I have everything selected, and I want to duplicate it. All they have to do is hit Command J. And then it will duplicate it for me and there we have it. It puts it on a new layer and it took the selection I had, and it just basically copied it after I hit Command J. We can also use the circular marquee tool to like I said earlier, stretch things out, but you can also use it for placing things together if you want to do some photo composition ing. So let's say if I want to take this building and extend it up and make it look like it's taller than it is, I just duplicated it and then I haven't hear extending up. I'm just going to you justice a bit. If I hit the freedom, transform till I can even just stretch that a bit. And by using the duplicated method, the selecting method, we just made this building look a lot taller. Now let's see if I have a particular shape in my layers panel and I want to, you know, selected again. Because there aren't some cases we're gonna have to select it again and again, and you don't want to go manually selecting this, and I'm tryingto measure it out inch by inch. What you can do as a quick tip is you cover your mouse over the layer that you want to be selected and you hold down the command key and you click. It will select it for you automatically. Now, if you can see this, if I hold down the command key, there's a little square that shows up on my little hand over that. That's letting me know that it is going to select that entire layer for whatever's in that layer. Now, if you want to de select the marquee tool, there is a quick way to do it. And by doing it, you hit command D, hold down the command key and hit D, and then it will de select it. There are other options that you can use for the marquee tool appears the select area. This is everything you want to use for the selection process of the Marquis tools. I don't want to get into too much detail about all these other type of nifty things with it . Talk about that later, but if you go toe, select all, it will select everything and the entire canvas. But if you want to de select it and I hit command, D, you hit de select and then it will de select everything and that short cuffed to select all was command A and you can see them right here. Command a command e. You can even invert your selection and then use that cutting away portion to cut away at the image at the Excuse me, the marquee that you want to hide, as you can see. So that is the tenure marquee tool. Now for the elliptical marquee tool we're going, Teoh, use it in this image. I want to select this balloon, The circle in the balloon as you could see the circular shape of it, and I want to select it. Obviously, I can't do that with directing their marquee tool. So this is where the circular mark marquee tool comes into play. So in order to select this balloon, there are a few things will have to do at any point on the edge of this balloon, usually at the top of a circle click and just drag. It doesn't matter what the shape is. Trying to get it as close to it as possible. Obviously you are stuck at this left corner. There is no way to move it. That is okay. All you have to do is hold down your space bar, and then you can move your marquee tool. As you can see, it has moved. And then I'm going to resize it, hold the space for again to readjust it, and then resize it once more. So I'm holding my space bar and just adjusting this so it matches this circumference perfectly. Sometimes you won't get it perfect, because the odd shape of it all, So you're gonna have to just kind of cut off a bit of it and leave some pieces out, and that's okay. Go ahead and hit command J that really quick. As you can see, I just copied the whole thing. I'm sure if I were to put this on here, drag it off to the side, you wouldn't notice the difference. And that is how you use the circular marquee tool. And again, if I wanted to select this, I hold down the command key and click on my layer, and it will select the entire thing for me. Now, circles are a little bit tricky when you want to use selections and de selecting things. So in this case, they have a picture of the inside of a bottle I'm going to go ahead and click and drag, just like I showed you. But holding the space bar and trying to get this is perfect as possible. And now I have this entire circular portion selected. But what happens if I don't want the circle portion in the centre selected? Well, if I hold down the alter ocean key, I'll get that minus sign and that will de select any area that I don't want to be selected inside the marquee tool. So I'm gonna go ahead and select that now this area is not gonna be selected, so they command J. We can see that everything whips, go ahead and move this. We can see that everything has been selected except the center portion. And again, I'm using my move tool to move around to show you if I want to select again, I hold the command key and click it on the layer, and then it will select the whole thing for me. So that is the circular marquee tool. Really easy to understand. Finally, we have the single row marquee tool, and then the single column are Keitel. These you don't necessarily need to use unless you're using it for the Web or any type of applications. I'm gonna go ahead and just started in document for an iPhone six. Plus just to give you a general idea. Ignore that. This is an art board. This is just purposely for showing you what this marquee tool does. I'm gonna go ahead and just click on my art board or click on your canvas, and then it will give me a selection, and I can move it anywhere. I'd like I'm gonna put it the top portion as if it was the header of your phone. And then I'm going to go ahead and fill that with the color. Gonna just select a new layer again. Ignore all this talk about that in a separate lecture. I'm gonna fill it with the color by hitting shift delete. And that brings up the fill section and I want to fill it with black hit. Okay. And then I'm going to de select up by hitting command D. And there we have it. We have our line. If we want to duplicate that line, we don't need to draw another marquee tool on the same layer, cause that would actually be really, really bad to do, because if you mess up, you're gonna have to delete the whole layer and start all over again. So in order to do duplicate everything, you're just going to duplicate that layer that you created it on. And then you're gonna have to layers now where you can move this top one, let me and, as you can see, has moved. And now, if I wanted to create the column one, it's great. Any layer click fill it by hitting shift, delete it. Okay, de, select it. And then there you have it. There is your column one. So that is the Marquis tools. Very, very easy to understand. Very easy to use, very powerful tools of you know how to use him properly. They're very quick to use when you need to do any type of shape selection or if you need to make any lines for anything. If you're gonna be working in Web designing, that's pretty much it. I'll see you guys in the next one will be talking about the last little tools. See you guys there 4. Lasso Tool: Hey, everyone, welcome back. We're gonna be talking about the next set of tools, which is the lasso tool. We have three different types of versions of lasso tools. We have the last hole to polygonal and the magnetic one. If you don't have it already, go ahead and select the window of the lasso tool and select the defaulted lasso tool if it's not there. Ready. But what is the lasso tool? Well, instead of using in Marquis tools by selecting things upon shapes, the lasso tool actually select things and a freely transformative type of way. And what do we mean by that? Well, it's almost as if you're sketching on an image to select the area that you want to be manually selected. This isn't more of a contoured shape where you can select it on a shaped type of scale. This is more of just freely selecting the areas that you want, not what I mean by this. Well, if I go ahead and click and drag as you can see, no matter where my mouse goes or the track pad, or if you're using a wacom tablet or pencil, it will go wherever I tell the mouse to go. Like I said, it's freedom to select whatever you like. It's not rigid. And what do I mean by that? I mean, it's not edged by edge by edged, almost as if I'm sketching the selection now, when do you actually need to use his type of tool? I really use this type of tool in my image editing process it or even when I'm working with in a project. I usually use this for more of really, really, really, really small details. And what do I mean by that? Well, let's say if I wanted to select this building here and there's no tools that I can use, I would use the lasso tool to kind of freely select it and draw it out manually so I can kind of get an idea of where things are. Then I go ahead and go in and clean that up a bit. Some other tools and a good example of showing you another way of using the lasso tool is this going to go ahead and just do a little bit of magic here and I'll show you another good we have using it. Usually when you select things in a freedom transformative way. There really is no need to actually get in details of getting the lines and everything when you use the tool you can actually use it to take. Um unmasked the piece out so they go ahead and click on the mask, but and you'll see that I'm asked the selection out and I can go in and added that some more with the paintbrush, which we'll talk about later on. And, you know, fix that mask after we've used the lasso tool. So that's another way of really using the tool successfully, and I go ahead and delete these layers here, and I'm going to go on and talk about the next one, which is more of the one that I use 99% of the time of my projects. This one's more of going with what type of angles you want to use shapes. So instead of using the Marquis told by selecting rectangular shapes or, um, square shapes in this case, I'm gonna use this toe, actually select the building. As you can see, it does more of a jacket edged type of an approach, but in this case, I want to select the entire building. So I'm gonna go ahead and try to select Muchas building as I can. I'm not going to get all the details. That's okay. Just for the intense of the purpose of this demonstration. This is how you use the tool. And I'm trying to get all the nice edges if I can. And a little trick. If you want to get a street edge, all you have to do is hold the shift key and then automatically go into ST format so I can do at a straight angle. I could do it straight across, or I could do it straight up and down when that will make it go perpendicular. So now that I have all this almost selected, I'm gonna do one more thing. Now it's really hard to see where I need to closes out. If you want to finish selecting the process, you're gonna have to click at the point that you started from. And if you can see the little circle next to the icon and I'm working with, you'll see that it will show up. Who wants to get to the other point? This will close the selection, so I click it and then it closes a selection. But what happens if I'm going to select something and then I don't know where it is because sometimes it is hard to find. Well, the easy way to close it out is to actually double click, and then it will automatically snap to that point and close it out for you. Unfortunately, if you are working with a specific point and you do not know where it is, let's say it's up here and I can't see it in order to avoid doing as much recuperation as possible in terms of closing it out and then going back and taking away some pieces. What I like to do is go horizontally across and then just double click so I can get a nice square shape. And then I'll go and knock things out with the rectangular marquee tool like we talked about and that will quickly take out pieces that I don't want selected instead of going in and manually selecting cause that would be pretty agonizing. And as you can see, I quickly can de select everything and re select some things. If I wanted Teoh and there you have it, selecting the building to get that piece and there's a selection. So that is the polygon ALS vassal tool. Really, really easy to use is what I use most of the time, but there's another tool that I use a swell, and that is the magnetic lasso tool. I don't use this as much, but it is a really interesting tool to use. But what is it different about it from the other ones? Well, the magnetic lasso tool is basically what it is. It's magnetic. It'll snap to a portion of the image that you're trying to select now. As you can see, as I'm dragging around the building, you'll get these little dots that will snap into place, and they will snap to all the edges as accurately as it possibly can. But if you can see as I'm going off the edge, the selection is starting to bend because it's trying to mack out the data in the actual image, saying, Hey, you know, where is the next portion that I need to select? And now that I'm going to close it out, I go to my beginning point and there we go. We get our selection, and I don't like that piece sticking out. So I'm just going to go ahead, use my marquee tool and just delete it. And that is the magnetic lasso tool. Really easy tool to use. I mostly used a polygonal lasso tool. Really simple. I rarely use the lasso tool unless I'm doing detailed stuff. If you're going to be using this for manual selection, used a polygonal asshole tool. All right, so that's pretty much it. That's how you use those tools. They're very, very powerful. When you need to use them in a specific type of project. You could do a lot of cool things with them. All right, I'll see you guys in the next section. 5. Quick Selection: Hey, everyone, we're gonna be talking about our next tools, which is the quick selection tool in the magic wand tool. The quick selection tool is actually my go to tool. So we have the marquee tool. We have the lasso tool and now the quick selection tool and actually uses tool above all else, the other ones. I use more for details. I didn't want to talk about this tool first because I didn't want to confuse you. I wanted to introduce the other tools. You understand it to use them. But now that you've seen this tool and how I'm going to be using it, it trumps all the other selection tools. So this is the one that I do primarily use when you need to select big things. And let's go ahead and dive in so I could show you how it's used. So the quick selection tools, basically, what it is, it's select something relatively quickly Now, as you can see, I have a little cross hair on the image and a little circle in the middle. I'm gonna go ahead and hit my right bracket key, and that's two keys over to the right from the peaky and I'm just gonna make it bigger. And now I have a circle with the cross hairs inside of it. This is making the circle bigger so we can tell it to select the image that we want. In this case, I'm going to be selecting this building goes This building is actually pretty big. If I was going to be selecting this building, I could make it bigger. But we'll talk about that in a second. So we go ahead and click and start selecting, and as you can see it automatically select everything for me. It snaps toe all the edges in, captures almost all the details of the building. Like I said, I use the other tools for more detail ing out. So if I go ahead and hold my old Kikkan, just pain away. What I don't want and think of this is like a painting brush, and then what I can do is I can even make it smaller and start getting the little details. Now if I'm missing a couple things, that's all right, because I can go back and use my polygonal lasso tool and start adding the details of stuff I want to select in this case, I want to select that and looks like there's something here. So so like that it looks like a captured everything. Oops, I do not like this edge. So I'm gonna use the shift key and make it straight. And then I'm missing some pieces there. Somebody used the shift key again. Click Add on and it looks pretty good sometimes will miss a few pieces. That's okay. Click, click outside and that we haven't are full selection. Obviously, I didn't get a couple things down here. That's OK. I'll just select it really quickly. Now you can see me uses toe on action how I usually use it in my process. And it's like that. And there we have it just really quickly again. Double click, and then it closes it out for me. I'm not gonna worry about this piece here, but overall, that is how you select with the quick selection tool and that took maybe a minute, a minute and 1/2 time it from the beginning of this video from when I started this election . So it's relatively quick. You can make the quick selection brush bigger or smaller. You can select multiple buildings by holding the shift key and just start selecting other pieces if you wish. But it doesn't really, really good job by snapping toe all the edges and selecting all the pieces you want if you really want to get detailed. Like I said, go used the lasso tool on the marquee tools on the next tool in this little George that pulls out is a magic wand tool. This tool was used in CS Forces three. I believe the quick selection tool is not in CS four. I don't quote me on that, but if you're using five and six, it should be there. But the Magic Wand tool is a very interesting tool. I used to use it a lot way back in the day when I needed to make a selection. Ah, but its primary purpose is when you select a portion of the image a specific color or tone . It will select everything similar in that tone. So I selected that color tone grey in the cloud, and it selects every similar tone of that great in the image. If I go ahead and duplicate this and move it around as you could see, there's that one tone. Got all of it. It's pretty much a really bad selection, but you could do some pretty interesting things, and I will talk about this next step will be doing in the layers class. But if I go ahead and put a blend mode on it, I can get some interesting effects. If you were to use that tool and do some cool things with it, I really haven't found a need to use it. Um, I kind of just leave it where it is. That is another quick quote unquote selection tool. Ah, but quick selection tool is the one that I do use the magic wand I do not use. I used to use it, but I have no need for it now. I just want to go back here to the quick selection tool really quickly and just point out that there's different types of ones you can select. The plus one obviously select everything that is needed again. If we wanted to de select something, we would hold the Ault key and then pain away. It's stuff we want again. We can do that with the marquee tool but there isn't actually a section here where it has the minus sign, and then we could just pain away without actually holding the all key. And then this one just kind of resets everything and that you select what you want pips one . It will select the portion, and then it will jump to the blessed sign and start adding on to what you originally selected. You can also change the sizing of your brush because it technically is a brush. You can change the hardness right now. It's at a soft selection, and I can make it a, um, sorry. It's on a hard selection. I can make it softer, and it will softly select specific areas of the image. I don't know how accurate that is, but it's something that you can play with. I don't usually pay attention to these tools up here, except for a refined edge. But leave that for another class. It's more for a masking type of thing, So if you need to get something selected relatively quickly, this is the tool to use. And then you can go ahead and use your mark. Eat. I'm sorry, you lasso tool, and then your marquee tools to hash out the details, so that's pretty much it for the quick selection tool. Really simple to use. I'll see you guys in the next one. 6. Crop Tool: everyone in this next tool, we're gonna be talking about the cropping tool. Now there's a lot of different things we can do with it. I'm gonna go ahead and show you now, in order to select a cropping tool, we're just gonna go ahead and select it by just clicking on it. There is a drop down portion where there are other options in the cropping tool, but you don't need to necessarily worry about them. The slice tools air really used for Web designing. So those who don't have to talk or even think about perspective cropping to cold tool. Don't even worry about it. Let's just focus on the cropping tool itself. Now there's several different ratios. We can crop this, too, if you go up to the drop down section above. If you click ratio, we have a wide set range of variety to choose from, starting with original ratio, which is just the normal ratio. If we do square ratio, it does pretty much the instagram type of um ratio. Now, as you see what I'm changing all this, we see ah grid in the crop itself. Now this is what is called the bull of thirds grid shows you how toe a Justin image to make it look somewhat appealing to the eye by using the grade of three. Now, if you wish to changes, you can just use a normal grid. You can use a diagonal grid triangles if you know your design sense, golden ratio or even the golden spiral, and that will give it a interesting look to it if you know how to use these types of rules . So I'm just gonna leave it at the rule of thirds. I'm gonna cycle through all the other options. We have the four by five ratio, which is pretty much used for printing out photographs on our printer. Same with the five by seven for by six and 16 by nine, which is usually good for Web stuff if we go down here here. Some other options for high quality printing and 300 d. P. I. This is our standard paper that we use in our printers, and then we have some Web settings here with different options. I'm gonna go ahead and leave it at ratio and just have it normal. Now if you come over here to this gear icon. I'm gonna show you a bunch of different options that you can use now. You don't necessarily have to worry about all these. The only ones who really need to worry about is Thea Opacity one you opacity. One drops the color of the background so you can see what is being crapped. If you make it 100% you just get the finalized look of what the crop is gonna be like. But if you drop it down a bit, you can see the portions of the image before you crop it. Now, I usually like to leave it at a lower Passy so it can see the image and the portion that I would like to crop. So if I go ahead and just move the image, I can see what is not gonna be cropped down here and up here on what is going to be corrupt in my actual window of crop egx if I go ahead and just change my ratio really quickly. As you can see, the left sides are not gonna be cropped and in the middle is I'm gonna go ahead and just make this 16 by nine, and I'm going to adjust this. So it looks like we're just going to be cropping this portion. And by leaving out the bottom and a bit of the top. Now, there are some things that we can still do to edit this crop, and that is by using this little line over here. Um, excision caught a line, but almost the ruler. The straightening tool, Uh, which it is called Go ahead and click on it. If you straight in something in the image that should be straight or that is street, it will straighten out the image to be perfect. Now, in order to understand that you're gonna pick a portion any image that is already straight , it does not matter for images crooked, it doesn't matter if your image is at a weird angle. You want to draw the line on that street portion. So, for example, if this image was tilted, I'm going to just do it so I can show you, actually. So if this image was tilted like that, we went ahead and tried to crop it. If we used the straighten tool, I'm gonna go ahead and draw a straight line on the horizon because that is that is street portion in the image. If I do that, it will adjust the image automatically by shifting it to make it straight. So if you have a crooked image, that is a great way to actually straight in it. And as you can see, it kind of warped it a bit. Um, by doing that, so we go ahead and just not crop this really quick. Delete that and just use my regular image that I have here. And if we go over here, we have specific settings. And now what we can do in here is weaken type in the settings we want if we want to customize it. So we type 11 by two. We kind of a panorama type of crop. It going on, go ahead and enter. We can see what the crop would be like. If we don't want them, we just clear. And then it will clear out entirely. I'm gonna go ahead and go back to my little gear icon, and I just want to show you these little check marks. You don't necessarily have to worry about use classic mode just to ignore that show crop area. You don't really have to worry about an auto center preview. Don't have to worry about whatever these air at just leave them, as is the enable crop shield. We'll get rid of this, a pass ity and then you don't need to really worry about the Ottawa Just so Like I said earlier, all you really do have to worry about is just your past You. So you know which portion of the image that you want to crop. So that way you can see it. And again, if I had this showing enable crop. If I take this off, it will get rid of the black areas in this show the crop egx. But we want to leave it on because we want to see what is going to be cropped. And there you have it. That is a cropping tool, really, really easy to use. Don't necessarily use it in my projects unless I am going to put something on instagram or crop it for Web purposes. So generally that's how to use the crop tool. Once you crop it, it is cropped. I don't believe you can fix it. There are some cases where you are using photo shop and the crop will return back to normal in the image itself. I believe, though, that is for images that are smart objects. So that's generally how to use the crop tool. Really simple. You do not have to worry about all these other type of tools in the crop panel. Just worry about the crop tool for now. All right, see you guys in the next lecture. 7. Eyee Dropper Tool: Hey, everyone, welcome to the final lecture of this class will be talking about the eyedropper tool. Now, if you go ahead and click on it, we have a lot of different options within the eyedropper tool. You don't necessarily need to worry about all these other tools. Just focus on the eyedropper tool. The three D one is more for when you're working in three D. Let layers in photo shop. We'll talk about the color sample one in a second. It is pretty someone to the eyedropper tool. The rules tool is generally just to draw. Ruler, um, pretty straightforward notes if you want to add a note into your document. Uh, pretty straightforward, but I don't really necessarily use that. And then finally, we have, um, account tool. Don't ever need to use it. So don't really worry about. So let's just talk about the eyedropper tool. Now, what is the eyedropper tool? Well, the eyedropper tool basically picks up different colors within an image. If I click something, it will show me a specific color that I'm looking for us. If I want to know what this type of oranges I click it. It tells me it. I go ahead and open up my colors panel and then it tells me the color code right there. Uh, another thing I can do is to from in the colors panel, I click here. I can also click within here, and then it will automatically go to that color for me. A Z you could see as I'm holding now the eyedropper tool. It jumps around in the colors in the sunset. Now it's a really, really awesome tool to use if you need to find a specific color. If you're doing a lot of Web designing Ah, great way to show you is a cool trick. And let me just show you really quickly for Google sunsets, say, And let's say I want to know this particular purple in this image, but I don't necessarily want to download it. A really cool trick is if you drag your screen off a little bit and you click inside photo shop and then you drag outside of photo shop, it will pick up that color in that other window and then you can say, OK, well, that purple now is this color. I have it. You can add it to your color palette, which is you go to windows color will get a little bit of ah, window opening up and then you can go to swatches and you can add it there in your sponsors panels at color, you can name it, hit, OK, and then, boom, We have our purple in there, which is right there. It will also show you all the other colors that you recently looked at. As you can see, every time you click something, it will show me every color that I last clicked. It only goes up to a certain point, so I wouldn't necessarily rely on them that much. I would just add as many swatches as you can. So that is the eyedropper tool color sampler tool is a tool that gives you all the information of a specific color. Whether you want to know the RGB, the CME like a um the point that it's at in the actual campus for the X y uh, the rgb again for a specific point for 0.0.1 point two, it gives you the RGB. And then if I do 1/3 point, I'll give me that one to do 1/4 point. Give me that one. I necessarily don't really use this tool. I just find it a lot easier and quicker to just use the eyedropper tool and go in and select my color. And added to my swatches, the I driver to also is really comes in handy when you are using your paint brush tool. I am getting a little ahead of myself, but just to show you what you can do. If you're pain burst, tool selected and you hold the option key that will bring up the eyedropper tool, and then that gives you the ability to use it for painting as sampling colors in the area. If you wanted to start blending specific things together, we'll get more into that in the painting class when we go to that next section and Siri's for this set of tools. So that's it for the end of the lecture. Ah, in the end of the lecture for this Siri's, we did cover the move to the marquee tool, a lasso tool, the quick selection tool, the crop tool and the eyedropper tool. Next class will be talking about the healing brush, the actual brush, the clothing stamp history. Brush the eraser. Radiant tool. The smudge tool with everything in it and my favorite tools the Dodge and burn tools and the Spanish toll. Ah, so these air really popular to use these air? Probably the second most heaviest I use, except for the history brush. But we'll get into those in the next class. So if you want to see more on how to use these tools, go ahead. Sign up. Will continue the on in part two of this against four part lecture series of the tool panel . All right, see you guys in the next one.