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Saturday, December 29, 2007

24.The Zoom Tool

As you might imagine, the zoom tool allows you to zoom in on the image to get a better idea of the actual pixel makeup of a section you are working on. It is fairly easy to use the tool. You simply click on the zoom icon and then click on the canvas.

The canvas will zoom one step for each mouse click. Thus, if you click two times, the image will zoom to a 3 to 1 aspect ratio. You'll see things much more clearly.

Zoom state is recorded in the title bar of the canvas window and to return to a zoom ratio of 1:1 you simply double click the zoom tool icon in the toolbox or use the Zoom 1:1 button in the Zoom options palette.
Don't get confused between zooming and scaling. When You zoom an image, it is only zoomed from your perspective. You have not changed the image at all. If you copy a zoomed image and paste it onto another canvas, it will be pasted in its 1:1 size. If you wish to actually scale an image larger, you should use the menu item Image and choose the "Effects --> Scale" option

23.The Eye Dropper Tool

The eye dropper tool is used to pick up a color value from the canvas. This is a very useful tool because there will be many times when you want to switch colors while painting to a color already on your canvas and you do not want to go all the way through the color chooser dialog.

In these cases, simply click on the eye dropper tool in the toolbox and click on the color you want to select inside the canvas. When you do so, your foreground color in your color boxes will change to the selected color.

he eye dropper tool has a single option which allows you to pick up the exact color or an average of the colors around it. Try it out and see how easy it is to use.

22.The Toning Tool

Like the Focus Tool, the Toning Tool has multiple states. Specifically, the Toning Tool has three states Dodge, Burn and Sponge

The Dodge tool allows you to lighten an image by dragging your mouse across it. This tool mirrors the dodging tool in photography that allows you to cover certain parts of the developing paper so that they are less exposed.

The burn tool works like the opposite of the dodge tool. This tool allows you to darken portions of the canvas by dragging over them.

Finally, the sponge tool reduces the amount of saturation and contrast.

21.The Focus Tool

The focus tool is actually a double edged tool having states for both blurring and sharpening the focus. The state of focus is set using the Focus Tool Options Palette and the icon used in the tool box will be determined by this state

The blur tool blurs an image by decreasing the color contrast between consecutive pixels. The sharpen tool, on the other hand increases the contrast

20.The Smudge Tool

The smudge tool is used to smear paint on your canvas. The effect is much like finger painting. You can use the smudge tool by clicking on the smudge icon and clicking on the canvas and while holding the mouse button down, dragging in the direction you want to smudge.

As usual, you have a host of options which affect your smudge located in the Options palette

For the most part, you will use the pressure option. The pressure option modifies how powerful your smudge is. If you set it to 100%, you will wipe away all the existing paint. Set it to 20% and it will be as if you are trying to smudge dried paint.

Further, you have a few good options in the brush options menu such as "Darken" and "Lighten". Both Pressure and Darken examples are shown below.
Another cool option is the "Finger Painting" option. When the finger painting checkbox is checked, Photoshop will add a little bit of foreground color to your smudge. This mimics a situation in which you actually dipped your finger in a bit of paint before you performed your smudge.
The final option, the "Sample Merged" option is used to blend colors from lower layers of a multi-layered canvas. We have not yet talked about canvases so we will leave this discussion for later.

19.The Eraser Tool

The eraser tool is a particularly intuitive tool. Click on the eraser icon [Eraser Tool Icon] and then click on an area on the canvas and while holding the mouse button down, start dragging the cursor around the canvas. You will quickly see why they call it the eraser tool, it erases.
Like many of the tools we have discussed so far, the eraser has many options which you can select to modify how the tool works. And as usual, you can find the options in the Options Palette.
The first option to try out is the eraser type menu. You can choose Paint brush, air brush, pencil or block. These options affect how the eraser erases. The effects are just as the tools named except in reverse.

Note that when in paint brush mode you have the wet edges checkbox as you would expect for paint brushing

You also have the opacity slide to modify how much of the canvas to erase and the fade tool which you should be familiar with as well as an erase image button which will erase the currently selected item on the canvas completely.

18.Modifying Things on the Canvas

So at this point we have gotten pretty good at getting paint all over everything. We have learned the major tools with which you have to paint. Now it is time to focus on some of the other tools at your disposal. These tools are used to edit, change, tweak or otherwise modify the things already on the canvas. In other words, they do not apply paint to the canvas. Rather, they influence existing color.

In particular, we will look at the Eraser, Smudge, Focus, Toning, Zoom and Eye Dropper Tools.

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17.The Gradient Tool

The Gradient tool allows you to specify a gradient of color. Using it is fairly easy, you simply choose the gradient tool from the toolbox click on the canvas and drag out an area to fill with the gradient.
We are going to talk more about this tool tomorrow, so for now, just play with it to get used to the basics.

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