Beware of Your Tools

Have you ever tried to make it so no tools were active in the toolbox? You can't do it. The way you turn off one tool is by turning on another tool.

Because of this you need to be careful of which tool is currently selected or you could damage your photo and not realize it until it was too late.

For example, if you have the Brush tool or the Pencil tool selected in the Toolbox and you click on your image it will make a mark the color of your Foreground setting. You might not notice the spot, especially if your brush or pencil size is set to a small diameter.

Other tools aren't as damaging but can cause a lot of frustration. For example, if you have the Selection Brush tool active and you click on your photo it will make a selection the size of its setting in the Options bar. If you don't realize you have a small selection active in your image and you try to make an overall adjustment only the selected area will be affected. You can pull your hair out trying to figure out why the adjustment command you give isn't changing your photo. Well it is, but only in the selected area.

What about the Zoom tool? Well that could be annoying because every time you clicked you would zoom in on your photo.

Yet another possibility is if you have the Eyedropper tool active and you click anywhere on your photo, it will change your foreground color to the color of where you clicked. If you don't realize it and you want to paint with the default black Foreground color it can cause you problems.

So this tip is just a heads up for you to be careful with your choice of tools. Also, if you try to make an overall adjustment and nothing happens, check to make sure that you haven't inadvertently made a small selection.

I hope you can use this tip about tools to avoid problems when working in Photoshop Elements!

Until next time,



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