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The Tools Toolbar
Created by: Zonia

 
In this lesson we will cover the Tools toolbar and give you a brief overview of each of the tools.
 
Assuming you haven't moved it, along the left side of the PSP 8 workspace is the Tools toolbar. This is where you select the tool that you want to use. You will notice an arrow beside some of the icons. This arrow indicates there is more than one tool at that location. To select another tool at that location click on the arrow and then click on the tool you want. Jasc has grouped the tools in categories.
 
  The tools listed in the order as they appear on the default PSP 8 Tools toolbar are:
Pan Tool Pan tool: Used to view (pan to) another area of the image.
Zoom Tool Zoom tool: Used to zoom in/out (magnify) on the image. Left-click zooms in and right-click zooms out.
Deformation Tool Deform tool: Used to scale, shear, distort, apply perspective, or rotate an image/layer.
Straighten Tool Straighten tool: Used to straighten an image/layer.
Perspective Coorection Tool Perspective Correction tool: Used to correct perspective distortion.
Mesh Warp Tool Mesh Warp tool: Used to distort an image/layer, or a selected portion of an image/layer.
Crop Tool Crop tool: Used to crop (trim) an image/layer down to the area selected.
Move Tool Move tool: Used to move a layer or selected area to a different place in the image.
Selection Tool Selection tool: Used to select a portion of an image/layer using one of the 15 selection types such as rectangle, circle, or arrow.
Free Hand Tool Freehand Selection tool: Used to select a user defined portion of an image/layer using one of the 4 selection types such as point-to-point.
Magic Wand Tool Magic Wand tool: Used to select portions of an image/layer based on content instead of defining edges. In other words you could select an entire red area by clicking into it.
Dropper Tool Dropper tool: Used to select a color from an open image or the Materials palette. Left-click changes the foreground color and right-click changes the background color.

Color Replacer Tool
Color Replacer tool: Used to change one color to another color. Single left-click changes the specific color area under the brush pointer from the background to the foreground color, and double-click changes all instances of the selected color in the image from the background to the foreground color. Right-click works the same way except the foreground color is changed to the background color.
Paint Brush Tool Paint Brush tool: Used to paint much like painting with a real artist paintbrush.
Airbrush Tool Airbrush tool: Used to paint much like using an airbrush paint gun.
Warp Brush Tool Warp Brush tool: Used to produce warping effects on image/layer pixels. Only the portion of the image the brush touches is warped instead of an entire area like the Mesh Warp tool does.
Clone Tool Clone tool: Used to duplicate specified pixels of an open image to another place in the same image or another open image.
Scratch Remover Tool Scratch Remover tool: Used to remove scratches (line blemishes) from an image by blending the area above and below the selected area to cover the blemish.
  Retouch tools: The next 2 icons on the Tools toolbar contain retouch tools. I am not going to cover those in this lesson. To find out what they do use the context-sensitive help (Shift+F1). I would pay close attention to the Smudge, Push, and Soften tools because they are being used more often in tutorials.
Eraser Tool Eraser tool: Used to erase in about the same way as an eraser on a pencil.
Background Eraser Tool Background Eraser tool: Used to erase the background of an image.
Picture Tube Tool Picture Tube tool: Used to apply PSP picture tubes to an image/layer.
Flood Fill Tool Flood Fill tool: Used to fill a selected area, image, or layer with the selected material.
Text Tool Text tool: Used to insert Text into an image/layer.
Preset Shapes Tool Preset Shapes tool: Used to draw preset shapes.
Pen Tool Pen tool: Used to draw lines, curves, and freehand. It is also used to edit vector objects.
Object Selection Tool Object Selection tool: Used to select vector objects.
 
For more detailed information about a tool remember you can always select the tool, hit Shift+F1 on the keyboard, then click on the tool icon. This will open the Jasc PSP help file to the topic describing that tool.
 
Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

In my opinion the most commonly used tool is the Flood Fill tool, so I want to cover it in more detail.

Create a new image: Go to File || New (Ctrl+N):
– Width = 300 pixels
– Height = 300 pixels
– Resolution = 72.00 pixels
– Background = Raster
– Color Depth = 16 Million Colors (24 Bit)
– Color = Transparent checked

 
Flood Fill Tool Select the Flood fill tool by clicking on it in the Tools toolbar and reset the tool options to default.
 

Materials palette - Materials Box  Materials Pattern Option

Click on the Foreground box and select the Pattern tab. Choose "Checkerboard large" as your pattern. (Note: If you haven't got that pattern please try downloading the 2 resource packs from Jasc by going to Help || Jasc Software Online || Resources and Components. These are large downloads so it will take a while.)

Click anywhere in your image. It should now be filled with the checkerboard pattern.

 

Now click on the Foreground box and change it to Gradient. Choose the "Landscape morning" gradient.

Click inside one of the black squares on your image. Your black squares are now blue, green, and so on and the white squares are still there. You would have received the same effect if you would have chosen Brightness as your Match Mode. Go to Edit || Undo Fill to get back to the black and white squares.

 
Now change the Match Mode in the Tool Options palette to None. Click inside the same black square. This time the whole image is filled with the gradient. You would get the same effect if you selected any other match mode except RGB and Brightness for this image only. The Match Modes will produce different results depending on the image.
 
Personally I use the default settings except I change the Match Mode to None as that works best in most cases. The other settings for the Flood Fill tool are rarely ever changed. I encourage you to play with the Flood Fill tool. Try using different patterns and changing the settings in the Tool Options palette. Meanwhile if you wish to save your image, go to File || Save.
 
Special Tip Tip: Later on when you have more than one area selected it is best to have the Match Mode set to None so you can fill all selected areas with one click; otherwise you would need to click in each selected area to fill it.
 
  That's it for this lesson. Don't forget to go read about the Retouch tools in the Help File. Have fun experimenting with the Flood Fill tool!