How to Use Sharpen Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Sharpen Tool in Photoshop

In this 37th tutorial, we are going to learn about Sharpen Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for sharpening pixels to have a better look and feel. Like Blur and other Brush Tools, Sharpen tool has options to adjust brush size, angle, blending modes and strength percentage. Sharpen tool enhances the edges. We can also protect detail before sharpening. This tool is also used in retouching projects. The use of sharpen tool is very much like other tools in which we use brush-like options. We can sharpen the whole image, the selected part of the image or in case of masks, we can hide or reveal sharpening effect accordingly.

How to Use Blur Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Blur Tool in Photoshop

In this 36th tutorial, we are going to learn about Blur Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for blurring areas as per selected blending modes and strength options. It functions as brush tool. We can increase or decrease its size as we do with brush. We can also change brush tip, angle, and dimension. Different brush presets can also be applied to the blur tool. The use of blur tool is very much straight forward. Although we have blur effects that we can select from the Filter Menu, yet the blur tool is very useful in different projects.

 

How to Use Paint Bucket Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Paint Bucket Tool in Photoshop

In this 35th tutorial, we are going to learn about Paint Bucket Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for filling areas with desired color as per opacity and tolerance range selected from Paint Bucket Tool’s option bar. All we need is to choose Foreground Color that we want to fill in or the pattern from the option bar. To fill color: 1) Make selection and fill 2) Select Layer and fill. 3) Create new layer and fill. Same can be done from the Edit Menu located in the menu bar right next to file menu. We can access Fill Panel by pressing Shift + F5. Paint Bucket Tool can be found with Gradient tool in one sub panel of the tool bar. Its keyboard shortcut is G. Like a few other Photoshop Tools, we have Anti-alising, Contiguous and Sample All Layers option in the option bar.

The keyboard shortcut key for Paint Bucket  tool is letter ‘M’.

How to Use Gradient Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Gradient Tool in Photoshop

In this 34th tutorial, we are going to learn about Gradient Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for creating a gradual blend or smooth transition between two or more colors. In the Gradient panel, we have gradient presets to choose from, or we can create our own gradients as well. To activate Gradient Tool in Photoshop, we can press letter ‘G’ from the keyboard or we can manually select this tool from Photoshop Tool Panel. To fill the gradient in a specific area or object, we need to first select that specific area else the gradient will be filled in the whole layer or Photoshop Document. We also talked about 5 Gradient Styles:

1) Linear Gradient: It blends two or more colors in a straight light (The Linear Way).

2) Radial Gradient : It blends two or more colors in a circular pattern (Circular Radius)

3) Angle Gradient : Two or more colors blend in Counterclockwise Sweep angle.

4) Reflected Gradient : As the name states, it blends two or more colors with mirror like reflection on both ends.

5) Diamond Gradient : It blends two or more colors in a diamond pattern starting from the center to corners. Blending Modes in Gradient Wool: Yes, we have all blending modes available. We can fill gradients as per the selected blending mode and effect will be there. We discussed in detail : 1) Gradient Picker Panel 2) Gradient Editor, and 3) Gradient Presets Manager We can: 1) Load Gradients 2) Create our own Gradients and Save them to share with our friends and colleagues etc. 3) Rename , Edit and Delete any gradient.

The power of this tutorial lies in the section where we discussed gradient bar. Gradient graphical bar represents three sections: 1) Right Side is for Lighter Color Values. (Whites etc) 2) In the middle, we have Mid Tones, and 3) Left side is for Darker color values (Blacks etc) If we want to apply gradient to our shadows or blacks, we need to select that color on Left Color Stop of that gradient bar. Likewise, if we want to apply gradient to our lighter pixels (whites etc), we need to put that color stop on right side of the bar accordingly. Opacity Stops: Opacity Stops are used to control the opacity of the color stop. Color Stops: We can double click on a color stop to change color from color picker. We can also click once and access the same color picker for color stop panel from the provided color box underneath. We can delete stops just by holding and dragging them down (Color Stops) and by dragging them up (Opacity Stops). If we click once on any stop, a delete button will appear. We can delete it from there as well. We also talked about Foreground to Background and Foreground to Transparent Gradients and their multiple uses. We briefly discussed Gradient Maps in this tutorial. Gradient Maps are very useful to have Instagram like effects on our photos etc. Adobe Photoshop’s Gradient Tool is a wonderful and powerful tool. With its help, we can create interesting effects to make our projects a Big WOW.

The keyboard shortcut key for Gradient tool is letter ‘G’.

How to Use Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Magic Eraser Tool in Photoshop

In this 33rd tutorial, we are going to learn about Magic Eraser Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for erasing pixels on a Photoshop Layer or object to transparent checkerboard the magical way. The magic eraser tool, like eraser tool and background eraser tool in Photoshop, offers destructive work flow. Once the pixels are erased, they are gone. It has different tolerance range options. With the help of Alt Click, we can sample pixels (color value etc) and then we can erase pixels within that range. Magic Eraser Tool does not use brush to erase pixel data. Instead, it just points and erases. One click is all that erases pixel data the destructive way. There is no going back.

The keyboard shortcut key for Magic Eraser tool is letter ‘E’.

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