If you used other Adobe products, such as Illustrator or InDesign, you should be familiar with the
toolbox in Adobe Photoshop CS4 as it shares some of the tools from these applications. If you are
a novice user of Adobe products, you should keep in mind that you might not need to use all of the
tools. In this tutorial, only the basic tools will be discussed in depth.
Some tools in the toolbar have additional “hidden” tools. These tools have small black triangles in
the right-hand corner. To view the “hidden” tools, click and hold down on any tool that has a black
triangle in the corner
Selects an object by drawing a rectangle or an ellipse around it. Click the tool button, choose a rectangular or an elliptical marquee. Drag the marquee over the area of the image you wish to select.
Move Used to select and move objects on the page. Click the tool button, then click on any object on the page you wish to move.
Lasso Selects an object by drawing a freehand border around it. Click the tool button, drag to draw a freehand border around the are of the image you wish to select.
Selects an object by drawing a straight-edge border around it. Click the tool button, click on the starting point on the image, drag to draw a straight-edge border, click and drag again to select the are of the image you wish to select. Double-
click to finish.
Selects an object by drawing a border that snaps to the edges of the defined area of the object. Click on the starting point on the image, drag around the are of the image. The tool will make fastening points at the edges. To finish selecting, drag the border to the starting point and click precisely in the point.
Selects all objects in a document with the same or similar fill color, stroke weight, stroke color, opacity, or blending mode. By specifying the color range, or tolerance, you can control what the Magic Wand tool selects.
Click the tool button, then click on the area of the image you wish to select. Selects and cuts parts of an image. Click the tool button, then click and drag the tool over the part of the image that you want to keep. Resize the selected area dragging the squares at the sides and corners. Click the RETURN key when your crop box is sized correctly.
Used to cut images into slices, which can be exported to a web page.